“Give these guys credit, they play at a high pace and it’s something we haven’t seen in a long time. For us to move on we have to go back, and to find a way to win game 3.” – Head Coach Dave Lowry
|Hodges scores his 2nd of the game|
Saturday was a back and forth affair, with the Royals leading twice after opening the scoring and pulling ahead 3-2 at the 7:36 mark of the second. However, a pair of power play goals by the Winterhawks put them back on top heading to the final frame.
|Polivka made 38 stops|
“Our discipline was good. I think we have to do a better job of moving our feet. When you start taking hooking penalties it’s usual because it’s one team skating and the other team watching.” according to Lowry
“We had a lot of momentum throughout the game, I thought we played really well for a full 60 minutes outside or penalties, and that’s what killed us. They have a good power play, you can’t be doing that.” – Steven Hodges, Royals Forward.
Portland added two more in the third, for their 13th win in a row to the delight of the sold out Moda Center crowd of 10, 947. The Winterhawks have now won 34 of 35, which includes a regular season 21 game win streak.
|'Hawks celebrate victory|
“They got some bounces, we had some opportunities, and squandered a couple...but at the end of the day we need to be better.” according to Lowry
Patrik Polivka gave the club a fighting chance with many brilliant, point blank saves, making 38 stops on the night. Brendan Burke allowed 3 goals on 25 shots.
“If we have a shot at winning this series, you have to make sure you’re winning the special team games.” said Lowry
Steven Hodges led the Royals charge with 2 goals and an assist, as Travis Brown assisted on both power play goals. Austin Carroll notched the other Victoria goal.
|Hodges scores his first of two goals|
Victoria was without the services of big defenseman Keegan Kanzig who was serving a suspension, the length of which TBD for actions in the Friday night 8-2 loss.
|Polivka denies Leir|
“When we get back into our own arena, we’ll get some home ice advantage and things will start going our way.” Said Hodges
|Joe Hicketts defends|
|A sellout crowd at the Moda Center in Portland|
Saturday, April 5, 2014 - Moda Center - Portland, OR
Victoria 2 1 0 - 3
Portland 2 2 2 - 6
1, Victoria, Hodges 1 (Brown, Hicketts), 2:03 (PP).
2, Portland, Petan 3 (Leipsic, Bittner), 3:55.
3, Portland, Cederholm 1 (Leier, Bjorkstrand), 4:12.
4, Victoria, Carroll 4 (Brown, Hodges), 19:05 (PP).
Penalties-Leipsic Por (tripping), 1:24; Nelson Vic (roughing), 4:18; Cederholm Por (roughing), 19:01.
5, Victoria, Hodges 2 (Cote), 7:36.
6, Portland, Pouliot 3 (Leipsic, Petan), 10:08 (PP).
7, Portland, Bjorkstrand 7 (Leipsic, Pouliot), 11:45 (PP).
Penalties-Texeira Por (tripping), 3:52; Walker Vic (hooking), 8:58; Nelson Vic (hooking), 11:11; Hodges Vic (cross checking), 18:50.
8, Portland, Bjorkstrand 8 (De Leo), 1:40.
9, Portland, Pouliot 4 (De Leo, Leier), 15:21.
Penalties-Crunk Vic (cross checking), 7:04; Leipsic Por (interference), 7:30.
Shots on Goal-
Power Play Opportunities-
Victoria 2 / 4;
Portland 2 / 5.
Victoria, Polivka 4-2-0-0 (44 shots-38 saves).
Portland, Burke 6-0-0-0 (25 shots-22 saves).
Referees-Chris Crich (20), Sean Raphael (28).
Linesmen-Ron Dietterle (121), Trevor Shively (11).
|Derrick Pouliout had 2 goals and an assist|