The Portland Winterhawks erased a three-goal deficit on Sunday at Memorial Coliseum, but still saw their five-game winning stretch end in a 6-5 loss to the Kamloops Blazers.
Portland led for only nine seconds of the Western Hockey League game. Its fourth regulation loss in 15 games this season was its first home loss.
Connor Zary scored two goals, including the key tying goal nine seconds after Portland took the lead with Zary in the penalty box, to lead the B.C. Division-leading Blazers to the win.
Seth Jarvis had two goals and one assist for the Winterhawks, who went 2-1 over three games in three days and are 10-4-0-1 (21 points).
Former Winterhawk Ryan Hughes had a goal and assist for the Blazers, who improved to 10-6-0-0 (20 points). His fifth goal of the season gave Kamloops a 3-0 lead 11:27 into the game and moments after Hughes was recognized in a Winterhawks' highlight video played during the first-period media timeout.
Isaiah DiLaura made his second start of the season in goal for Portland and struggled early and was replaced by Joel Hofer after Kamloops took its 6-5 lead with 14:40 left in the game. DiLaura made 18 saves on the night, eight of them during a solid second period, but was not able to rescue Portland after several turnovers.
Portland fought back and the game was tied 4-4 after two periods with the Winterhawks opening the third period with four minutes of power-play time with Zary in the box for high sticking.
Jarvis scored off a slick sequence from Jake Gricius and Jaydon Dureau to give Portland a 5-4 lead 2:26 into the third period. But off the faceoff the Blazers hustled up ice and Zary circled the net and put a wrap-around shot past DeLaura only nine seconds later.
Inaki Baragano scored the winning goal for Kamloops from the right circle 5:20 into the third period.
Portland pushed hard from there. The Hawks outshot the Blazers 18-9 in the third period and 43-28 on the night, but could not find a tying goal late as Kamloops goalie Dylan Garand stood tall. Garand replaced rookie Rayce Ramsay in the net after Jarvis tied the score 4-4 with a second-period short-handed goal and stopped 24 of 25 shots from there.
Dureau contributed to the second-period goals that pulled Portland into a 4-4 tie. Dureau carried the puck while circling the offensive zone on the build-up to Mason Mannek's goal 3:17 into the period. Mannek poked home his own rebound after a feed from Jonas Brondberg.
The tying goal came on a short-handed two-on-one for Dureau and Jarvis, with Dureau knocking the puck out of the air for Jarvis to put into the net at 16:40.
DiLaura, done no favors by his teammates in a tough first period, came up big on a couple challenging saves in the second period.
An eventful first period ended with Kamloops up 4-2.
Portland responded with goals 38 seconds apart from Cross Hanas and Simon Knak to pull within 3-2 but Kamloops scored 10 seconds into the first power-play of the game to make it 4-2.
Hanas scored his sixth of the season after a big hit by Jake Gricius in neutral ice freed the puck and sent Hanas in on a breakaway. His patient back-hand shot narrowly neat goalie Rayce Ramsay.
On the next shift Knak slammed home his fifth goal of the season at the end of a nice sequence. Reece Newkirk entered the zone and dropped a pass to Seth Jarvis. Jarvis returned the puck to Newkirk who slid a pass across the crease to an open Knak.
The Blazers made the Hawks pay for turnovers and poor coverage on the first three goals. Josh Pillar put home a rebound of a point-blank chance for Hughes 1:11 into the game. Orrin Centazzo made it 2-0 7:12 into the game after stealing the puck and beating DeLaura with a wrister from the top of the left-wing circle. Hughes made it 3-0 by scoring his fifth of the season at the end of a two-on-one rush at 11:27.
Connor Zary's power-play goal made it 4-2 Blazers late in the first period.
The Winterhawks face the Vancouver Giants twice next weekend, a 7:30 Friday game at Langley Events Center in British Columbia and a 6 p.m. Saturday game at Moda Center.
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