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Hawks back on track with 5-2 win vs. Regina

PORTLAND WINTERHAWKS 5, Regina Pats 2

Saturday night, Moda Center, 9,019 announced attendance

HIGHLIGHTS

Portland outshot Regina 58-23 and never trailed as it snapped a two-game losing streak.

WHAT IT MEANS

The Winterhawks are back on top alone in the Western Hockey League Western Conference, two points better than the B.C. division leader, Kelowna, and three clear of Everett in the U.S. Division. Kelowna has played three fewer games than Portland, however, and Everett has played two fewer games than the Winterhawks.

The Hawks have a three-point edge on Eastern Conference leader Medicine Hat, although the Tigers have played two fewer games than Portland.

TOP PERFORMERS

PETAN• Nicolas Petan, Chase De Leo and Taylor Leier were big on offense for Portland.

Petan scored the first goal, at 4:46 of the first period (his 11th of the season). He also had two assists.

Leier had a goal in both the second and third periods (the last goal of the game, on a power play at 13:42; his 15th of the year).

De Leo got his 13th goal of the season 6:00 into the final frame. It gave Portland a 4-2 lead.

Brendan Leipsic got the Hawks' other goal, his 11th, with the man advantage at 15:46 of the first period.

• Jarrod Schamerhorn, who has been backing up Brendan Burke, made 21 saves in picking up his second WHL victory.

KEY STATS

• Power plays — Regina was 0 for 4, Portland 2 for 5.

• WHL scoring leaders: 1st — Mitch Holmberg, Spokane, 23 goals-28 assists-51 points. 2nd — Petan, 11-29-40; 3rd — Oliver Bjorkstrand, Portland, 16-22-38. 4th — Joshua Winquist, Everett, 15-18-33. Petan is first in the league in assists.

WHL WESTERN CONFERENCE

STANDINGS

Portland 15-4-1-1 (32) (U.S. Division leader)

Kelowna 14-2-0-2 (30) (B.C. Division leader)

Everett 13-3-3-0 (29)

Spokane 14-7-0-0 (28)

Tri-City 12-9-0-2 (26)

Victoria 12-9-0-1 (25)

Seattle 11-7-0-2 (24)

Vancouver 8-11-1-1 (18)

Prince George 7-11-1-3 (18)

Kamloops 6-12-1-1 (14)

NEXT

The Winterhawks play Seattle at 7 p.m. Sunday at Moda Center (KPAM 860 AM).