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., Zach McPhee scored the winner in the 10th round of the shootout and Sam Reinhart had a goal and an assist as Kootenay (21-25-1) handed the Warriors (14-24-9) their ninth loss in a row.
Broncos 2, Pats 1
At Regina, Eetu Laurikainen stopped 30 shots and Colby Cave and Graham Black each scored as Swift Current (23-20-5) extended its win streak to six games by downing the Pats (18-26-4).
Wheat Kings 3, Blades 2 (SO)
At Saskatoon, Nick Walters scored the winner in the 12th round of the shootout and Corbin Boes turned aside 43-of-45 shots in regulation and overtime and 11 more in the shootout as Brandon (17-26-4) beat the Blades (22-20-3).
Tigers 4, Hitmen 0
At Medicine Hat, Alta., Marek Langhamer stopped all 30 shots he faced and Chad Labelle had a goal and an assist as the Tigers (22-22-3) blanked Calgary (31-12-4).
Cougars 3, Rebels 1
At Red Deer, Alta., Klarc Wilson had a goal and an assist and Mac Engel made 31 saves as Prince George (14-25-6) downed the Rebels (25-19-5).
Royals 5, Blazers 4
At Kamloops, B.C., Alex Gogolev had a goal and three assists and Brandon Magee scored two goals and added an assist as Victoria (25-17-3) beat the Blazers (30-14-5) to extend its win streak to five games.
Silvertips 3, Hurricanes 2
At Everett, Wash., Mitch Skapski, Mirco Mueller and Tyler Sandhu all scored second-period goals and Austin Lotz made 30 saves as the Silvertips (19-26-2) slipped past Lethbridge (22-21-6).
Rockets 5, Giants 3
At Kelowna, B.C., Carter Rigby scored three times and Colton Heffley chipped in with two assists as the Rockets (34-10-3) beat Vancouver (12-35-0) for their 10th win in 11 games.
Americans 4, Chiefs 3
At Spokane, Wash., Malte Stromwall scored 21 seconds into overtime, Parker Bowles scored twice in regulation and Luke Lee-Knight made 39 saves as Tri-City (27-17-3) edged the Chiefs (28-16-2).