Game 64: Thundebirds give up seven goals in loss to Portland

Mar 3, 2012, 6:11 PM | Updated: Mar 4, 2012, 7:38 pm

By Mike Caccioppoli

(46-15-3-1) Portland Winterhawks 7, (21-41-1-1) Seattle Thunderbirds 3


PORTLAND- Less than 24 hours after being shutout in Everett, the Birds traveled to Portland where they were easily handled by the high flying Winterhawks. Seattle gave up two shorthanded goals and Portland’s Sven Bartschi scored four goals.

The Birds have lost four straight and with the Silvertips beating Tri-City tonight the Birds drop three points behind Everett for the 8th and final playoff spot.


On the Birds third failed power play of the game the Winterhawks took a 1-0 lead whenSven Bartschi (28) scored a shorthanded goal at 15:24 of the first period.

Seattle went 0 for 3 on the power play in the period and gave up the shorthanded goal. They were down 1-0 and outshot 10-8.

Connor Sanvido (6) scored unassisted at 7:45 of the second period to tie the game.

It didn’t take long for Portland to regain the lead. Just a minute after the Birds tied itCam Reid (10) scored on the power play to give the Hawks a 2-1 lead.

Portland went up 3-1 at 10:38 on Sven Bartschi’s (29) second goal of the game.

Seattle finally scored on the power play to cut Portland’s lead to 3-2 at 13:25. Seth Swenson notched his 7th goal of the season. The assists went to Connor Honey and Shea Theodore.

Only 30 seconds later Ty Rattie scored his 53rd goal of the season to give Portland a 4-2 lead.

After 40 minutes Seattle trailed 4-2 and were being outshot 28-22.

Seattle started the third period with 3:33 of power play time and not only do they not score but they give up their second shorthanded goal of the game. Sven Bartschi (30) completed the Hat Trick to put Portland up 5-2.

Bartschi (31) scored his 4th goal of the game at 10:44 on the power play to put Portland up 6-2.

Burke Gallimore netted his 20th goal of the season to make it a 6-3 game at 11:22. Braeden Laroque and Jacob Doty got the assists.

Derrick Pouliot (10) made it a 7-3 game in favor of Portland at 16:25.

Seattle loses 7-3 and drops their 4th straight game.



Plus side:

Sanvido. Maybe Connor is making good on his promise to do what’s needed to play on the team. His goal today gives him two goals in the last three games.


Minus side:

No defense. Can’t beat Portland playing a no defense game. The Birds have no chance out scoring them. Pickard may not have been at his best but he was also left hung out to dry too many times. Turnover after turnover once again.

Special teams. Seattle’s special teams were awful today. They were 1 for 7 on the power play and allowed two shorthanded goals. Portland was 2 for 5 on the power play. The beat goes on in this category especially with the power play.

Blown out. Except for a few minutes on a couple of occasions early in the game the Birds were never really in this one. They once again lose by a big margin to a top team.

Need to beat Portland. As Konowalchuk said after the loss to Everett, the Birds need to beat a team they aren’t expected to beat. That still hasn’t happened.

No heart. Sounds harsh but it’s hard to see it any other way. After being shutout by a team that hadn’t shut anyone out all season the Birds go to Portland and get manhandled while giving up seven goals. This doesn’t look like a group that wants to play past March 18. Whether it is three players or more, it seems to be infecting the whole team.

Game Notes:

F Branden Troock was back in action.

-Seattle drops to 9-22-1 on the road. They are 1-9 against Portland (1-4 home, 0-5 road).

Calvin Pickard falls to 21-33-1-1. Brendan Burke improves to 6-2-1-1.


Thunderbirds second half record: 8-24-1.



IN 7.Victoria..(21 wins..48 points…6 games left)

IN 8. Everett..(19 wins.. 47 points…7 games left)

OUT 9. Seattle..(21 wins..44 points..8 games left)

OUT 10. Prince George..(20 wins..42 points…7 games left) three stars:

First star: Sven Bartschi (four goals, + 4 rating)

Second star: Ty Rattie (goal, assist, +4 rating)

Third star: Derrick Pouliot (goal, assist, + 2 rating)


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