PORTLAND, Ore. - Brendan Ranford's fourth goal of the game 21 seconds into overtime gave the Kamloops Blazers a 5-4 road win over the Portland Winterhawks on Friday night in the Western Hockey League.
The Blazers led late in the third period, but Portland's Brad Ross tied the game with 2:33 left in the third period on a power play.
With 1:32 left in regulation, Kamloops goaltender Cam Lanigan stopped the Winterhawks' Taylor Peters on a penalty shot that would have given Portland the win in regulation.
Lanigan also denied Ross on a penalty shot in the second period. He stopped 37 shots to earn the victory.
The Blazers fell behind three times in the game, but rallied with goals by Ranford late in the second period and early in the third to take their first lead. Ranford led Kamloops (5-2-0) with 33 goals and 86 points last season and has five through his first four games this year. He also assisted on Chase Schaber's first-period goal.
Ty Rattie and Sven Bartschi each had a goal and two assists for Portland (4-4-1).
Portland led 3-2 after a wild first period. Bartschi, Rattie and Nicolas Petan scored for the Winterhawks, while Ranford and Schaber replied for the Blazers.
Lanigan and his Winterhawks counterpart, Mac Carruth, both made several difficult saves in the second period. The Blazers, however, got the only goal of the period with 1:32 left when Ranford slid the puck under Carruth's right pad from a tough angle.
Ranford capped his hat trick with a power-play goal 14 seconds into the third period. The Blazers lead stood until Ross' late goal sent the game to overtime.