Adam Kambeitz's first goal with his new club proved to be the difference Saturday as the Seattle Thunderbirds halted a 15-game winless streak by defeating the visiting Portland Winterhawks 4-3 in Western Hockey League action.
Kambeitz, who was acquired from the Saskatoon Blades on Jan. 10th., scored the winner at 9:40 of the third period.
The victory was the first for Seattle since beating the Everett Silvertips on Dec. 7th., with the club going 0-13-2 between wins.
Despite going six weeks without a victory, the Thunderbirds still holds the eighth and final playoff position in the Western Conference.
Branden Troock also scored to round out Seattle's offence.
Nicolas Petan and Brendan Leipsic had a goal and two assists apiece for the Winterhawks (37-6-2), who have dropped back-to-back contests since having their 14-game win streak snapped. Ty Rattie also scored.
With the three points, Leipsic pushed his point streak to 14 games (nine goals, 18 assists).
Seattle went 0-for-1 on the power play. Portland failed to score on either of its chances with the man advantage.
Elsewhere in the WHL it was: Kootenay 3, Moose Jaw 2 (SO); Swift Current 2, Regina 1; Brandon 3, Saskatoon 2 (SO); Medicine Hat 4, Calgary 0; Prince George 3, Red Deer 1; Victoria 5, Kamloops 4; Everett 3, Lethbridge 2; Kelowna 5, Vancouver 3; and Tri-City 4, Spokane 3.
At Kent, Wash., Leipsic opened the scoring 6:44 into the first period, but Lipsbergs and Honey responded to make it 2-1 Seattle after 20 minutes of play.
Rattie tied the game 1:32 into the second period, however the Thunderbirds regained their lead when Troock scored at 4:59.
Kambeitz made it 4-2 midway through the third period before Petan added a late goal for the Winterhawks.
Ice 3, Warriors 2 (SO)
At Moose Jaw, Sask., Zach McPhee scored the winner in the 10th round of the shootout and Sam Reinhart had a goal and an assist as Kootenay (21-25-1) handed the Warriors (14-24-9) their ninth loss in a row.
Broncos 2, Pats 1
Wheat Kings 3, Blades 2 (SO)
At Saskatoon, Nick Walters scored the winner in the 12th round of the shootout and Corbin Boes turned aside 43-of-45 shots in regulation and overtime and 11 more in the shootout as Brandon (17-26-4) beat the Blades (22-20-3).
Tigers 4, Hitmen 0
At Medicine Hat, Alta., Marek Langhamer stopped all 30 shots he faced and Chad Labelle had a goal and an assist as the Tigers (22-22-3) blanked Calgary (31-12-4).
Cougars 3, Rebels 1
At Red Deer, Alta., Klarc Wilson had a goal and an assist and Mac Engel made 31 saves as Prince George (14-25-6) downed the Rebels (25-19-5).
Royals 5, Blazers 4
At Kamloops, B.C., Alex Gogolev had a goal and three assists and Brandon Magee scored two goals and added an assist as Victoria (25-17-3) beat the Blazers (30-14-5) to extend its win streak to five games.
Silvertips 3, Hurricanes 2
At Everett, Wash., Mitch Skapski, Mirco Mueller and Tyler Sandhu all scored second-period goals and Austin Lotz made 30 saves as the Silvertips (19-26-2) slipped past Lethbridge (22-21-6).
Rockets 5, Giants 3
At Kelowna, B.C., Carter Rigby scored three times and Colton Heffley chipped in with two assists as the Rockets (34-10-3) beat Vancouver (12-35-0) for their 10th win in 11 games.
Americans 4, Chiefs 3
At Spokane, Wash., Malte Stromwall scored 21 seconds into overtime, Parker Bowles scored twice in regulation and Luke Lee-Knight made 39 saves as Tri-City (27-17-3) edged the Chiefs (28-16-2).