Newspaper article The Canadian Press

WHL Roundup: Kambeitz Scores Winner as the Thunderbirds End 15-Game Winless Streak

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

WHL Roundup: Kambeitz Scores Winner as the Thunderbirds End 15-Game Winless Streak

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WHL Roundup: Seattle defeats Portland 4-3

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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.

Connor Honey and Roberts Lipsbergs each had a goal and an assist for the Thunderbirds (17-26-2-1), while Seth Swenson chipped in with two assists.

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).

Brandon Glover made 25 saves for the win. Brendan Burke turned away 35 shots in a losing cause.

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. …

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