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Winterhawks stay unbeaten on road going into showdown at Spokane



Portland Winterhawks 6, KOOTENAY ICE 3


Friday night, Western Financial Place, Cranbrook, British Columbia, 2,286


Portland continued its streaky place, scoring the first three goals in the first period, then seeing Kootenay close to within 3-2 early in the third period, then getting goals at 6:08 and 6:39 to rebuild a three-goal lead.


The Hawks set the stage for Saturday night's clash with Spokane — with first place in the WHL Western Conference on the line.

Portland's winning streak is at seven games, and the Hawks are 4-0 in a stretch of four consecutive road games.


• Chase De Leo's ninth and 10th goals of the season gave Portland a 3-0 lead after 14:03.

• Oliver Bjorkstrand had four assists for the Hawks.

• Nic Petan, Portland's co-leading scorer this season with 28 points, got his ninth goal one minute into the game, then assisted on the game's final goal, by Keegan Iverson (his fifth) at 10:44 of the third period.

• Bjorkstrand (13-15-28) and Petan are tied for second in the league in points, seven behind Spokane's Mitch Holmberg (17-18-35).

• No. 1 goalie Brendan Burke took the night off, and backup Jarrod Schamerhorn earned the win with 27 saves.

It was the first WHL victory for Schamerhorn, 6-2, 180, from Kelowna, B.C., who is 1-1-0-0 in three games and 140 minutes played, with a 3.96 goals-against average and .885 save percentage.


• Portland came out firing and finished the first period with 17-6 edge in shots — and a 3-1 lead.


Portland 10-3-1-0 (21 points)

Kootenay 6-6-2-0 (14, tied for seventh in WHL Eastern Conference)


The Hawks are second in points in the WHL Western Conference, one behind U.S. Division leader Spokane, which also has played 14 games:

Spokane 11-3-0-0 (22)

Kelowna 8-2-0-2 (18) (B.C. Division leader)

Portland 10-3-0-1 (21)

Everett 9-2-2-0 (20)

Seattle 9-3-0-2 (20)

Victoria 9-7-0-0 (18)

Prince George 7-7-0-1 (15)

Tri-City 7-8-0-1 (15)

Kamloops 4-9-0-0 (8)

Vancouver 3-8-1-1 (8)


The Winterhawks play at Spokane at 7 p.m. Saturday (KPAM 860 AM).

The Chiefs are coming off a 7-1 home victory over the Brandon Wheat Kings on Friday night.