Winterhawks run string to 11 with 3-1 win at Spokane
Portland builds three-goal lead in sixth straight road victory
Portland Winterhawks 3, SPOKANE CHIEFS 1
Saturday night, Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena, announced attendance 7,269
Portland built a 3-0 lead with a goal in the first period, a goal in the second period and a goal at 11:08 of the third period and turned away one of its chief rivals in the Western Hockey League Western Conference.
WHAT IT MEANS
The Winterhawks have won 11 games in a row.
Portland continues to lead the league in points and has boosted its U.S. Division lead to five points over Everett, Spokane and Seattle.
The Hawks have won their last six road games.
Oliver Bjorkstrand scored at 13:16 of the first period on a power play, extending his point streak to 12 games.
Alex Schoenborn scored at 1:06 of the second frame.
Paul Bittner's second goal of the season pushed Portland's lead to 3-0 midway through the third period.
Nic Petan assisted on all three goals, as he stretched his scoring streak to 11 games.
Taylor Leier got an assist on the opening goal. He has scored a point or more in the past six games.
Keegan Iverson fed Bittner with a nifty pass that gave Iverson his fifth assist of the season.
Goalie Brendan Burke made 30 saves.
Spokane had just three power-play opportunities and failed to capitalize on any of them.
The Chiefs were tired, coach Don Nachbaur said, after getting home at 7 a.m. Saturday from a 6-4 win Friday night at Vancouver. And the Winterhawks were able to frustrate Spokane's two main guns, Mitch Holmberg and Mike Aviani.
I want to give Portland credit. They are a very good hockey team, Nachbaur told the Spokesman-Review. But the schedule takes a toll. We werent sharp moving the puck.... We made fatigue errors, and it cost us a hockey game. (Portland) has a lot of depth. Its tough to match that.
WHL scoring leaders: 1st Mitch Holmberg, Spokane, 18 goals-24 assists-42 points. 2nd Petan 10-27-37. 3rd -- Bjorkstrand 15-20-35. 4th Sam Reinhart, Kootenay 9-19-28. ... Bjorkstrand and Spokane's Mike Aviani are tied for second in the league in goals, behind Holmberg. Petan leads the league in assists; Holmberg is second.
WHL WESTERN CONFERENCE
Portland 14-3-0-1 (29) (U.S. Division leader)
Kelowna 11-2-0-2 (24) (B.C. Division leader)
Everett 11-3-2-0 (24)
Spokane 12-6-0-0 (24)
Seattle 11-5-0-2 (24)
Victoria 10-8-0-1 (21)
Tri-City 9-8-0-2 (20)
Prince George 7-9-1-3 (18)
Vancouver 7-10-1-1 (16)
Kamloops 5-10-1-1 (12)
The Winterhawks are back home on Wednesday. They will play the Tri-City Americans at 7 p.m. at Moda Center (KPAM 860 AM).
Tri-City beat Portland 6-2 at Moda on Sept. 24.
Portland has won the past two meetings, however, 4-1 at home on Oct. 16 and 8-1 at Kennewick, Wash., on Oct. 19.