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Kootenay Ice escape with 7-5 Game 2 win over Hawks

by Staff Writer / New York Islanders
The Portland Winterhawks made a furious third period comeback against the Kootenay Ice in Game 2 of the WHL Finals Saturday, with the Ice coming away with a 7-5 win in front of a raucous sellout crowd of 10,947 at the Rose Garden to even the series at 1-1.

The Winterhawks took 27 shots in the third period as they made an incredible come-from-behind rally to try and tie the game, while igniting the sellout crowd at the Rose Garden.

Down 6-2 entering the third, the Winterhawks cut it to 6-3 when Sven Bartschi scored his second of the game at the 6:12 mark of the third period. The Winterhawks continued with the offensive assault, and followed Bartschi’s goal just a couple of minutes later with two more from Taylor Peters and Joe Morrow in a span of 13 seconds to get right back into the game and cut the Ice’s lead to just 6-5.

The Winterhawks continued applying pressure throughout the period looking for the equalizer, until the Ice scored an empty net goal with 10 seconds left to escape with the win.

Kootenay had opened the scoring 5:14 into the game on a goal when Matt Fraser scored on a shot from just above the left faceoff circle. Portland got that one back at the 9:20 mark when Brendan Leipsic collected the puck along the half boards, cut across the middle and fired the puck through traffic past Ice netminder Nathan Lieuwen to make it 1-1, a score that would last through the end of the period.

The second period saw the Ice score five goals, including the last four on power plays, as they took a 6-1 lead. The Winterhawks got one back when Bartschi scored a shorthanded goal with under a minute to go in the period to make it 6-2, giving the Hawks momentum going into that third period.

Nine different players hit the scoresheet for Portland, including two goals for Bartschi, two assists for Ryan Johansen and a goal and an assist for Taylor Peters.
The series now shifts to Kootenay’s home ice in Cranbrook, British Columbia, for Game 3 Tuesday and Game 4 Wednesday. There will be a Game 5 Friday at the Rose Garden at 7:30, and tickets are on sale now at the Memorial Coliseum.

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