SEATTLE, Wash. - Scott Jackson was honored for his longevity in a Seattle Thunderbirds jersey on Saturday and responded in great style scoring a goal in a 6-2 victory over the Portland Winter Hawks.
Jackson, a defenseman from Salmon Arm, B.C., has now played in 316 games for Seattle, fifth most in T-bird history. He broke a 1-1 tie with an unassisted goal in the second period.
The win was the 10th straight for Seattle over Portland this season. The Winter Hawks, 9-52-1-1, lost for the 17th straight time. The T-birds, 35-20-5-2, won for the 16th time in their last 20 games.
Taylor Peters, in only his third game in the WHL, scored the first goal of the career to give the Winter Hawks a lead at 9:34 of the first period.
Seattle tied it at 11:32 of the period on the sixth goal of the season by Jan Eberle, who was playing his second game since missing 17 with a concussion.
Jim O'Brien and Prab Rai also had a goal and an assist for the T-birds and Greg Scott and Bud Holloway both scored their 32nd goals of the season.
Kurtis Mucha made 51 saves for Portland but lost for the 33rd time this season. Jacob DeSerres stopped 24 of 26 to pick up the win for Seattle.