Winterhawks hang on at Lethbridge
Portland Winterhawks 3, LETHBRIDGE BRONCOS 2
WHEN, WHERE, ATTENDANCE
Tuesday night, Enmax Centre, Lethbridge, Alberta,
The Hawks scored the first three goals, all in the first period, against the team with the worst record in the Western Hockey League, but couldn't add to their count the rest of the way.
WHAT IT MEANS
The Hawks have won five in a row, including two straight on the road.
Portland's goals came, in order, from Keegan Iverson (his third of the season), Brendan Leipsic (his fifth) and Chase De Leo (his seventh).
Defenseman Derrick Pouliot continued his good production at both ends of the ice, notching two assists. In eight games since his return from NHL Pittsburgh camp, Pouliot has two goals and 11 assists.
Brendan Burke improved to 8-2-0-1 with 25 saves.
For Lethbridge, Brady Ramsay scored in the second period and Axel Blomqvist made the score 3-2 with 5:35 left in the game. The Broncos had 1:48 with the man advantage down the stretch, but failed to capitalize.
Shots: Portland 41, Lethbridge 28
Penalty kill: Portland 7 of 8, Lethbridge, 5 of 6
"I think we outplayed them for 40 minutes," Ramsay told the Lethbridge Herald. "We knew they had more skill than us, but we could work harder than them, and I think we really stressed that between periods, just being physical on those guys and making sure they know we're out here battling against them."
Portland 8-3-1-0 (17 points)
Lethbridge 2-11-0-1 (5)
The tight top six in the WHL Western Conference:
Spokane 10-3-0-0 (20)
Victoria 9-6-0-0 (18)
Everett 8-2-2-0 (18)
Portland 8-3-0-1 (17)
Kelowna 7-2-0-2 (16)
The Winterhawks play at Medicine Hat, 6 p.m. PT Wednesday (KPAM 860 AM).
Medicine Hat is third in the WHL Eastern Conference at 7-2-2-0 (16 points).