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Special teams boost Hawks over Kamloops 7-3


Portland Winterhawks 7, KAMLOOPS BLAZERS 3

Saturday night, Interior Savings Centre, 4,008 announced attendance


Portland scored on all three of its power plays and had the game's final four goals -- all in the final 28:15 -- in bouncing back from a 3-2 loss Friday at Everett.

The Winterhawks also tallied twice while shorthanded, with Nic Petan and Chase De Leo striking 27 seconds apart in the closing minutes to boost Portland's lead from two to four.


The Hawks (17-5-1-1, league-high 36 points) took a two-point lead on Everett in their battle for the Western Hockey League U.S. Division lead. The Silvertips lost 3-1 at home to Prince George on Saturday.


• Brendan Leipsic gave Portland a 1-0 lead 4:31 into the game and added another goal, his 14th of the season, at 17:59 of the first period. It gave the Hawks a 3-2 lead.

• Midway through the second period, Derrick Pouliot put Portland ahead for good, 4-3, on a power play.

• Brendan Burke stopped 25 shots to earn the victory.


• Portland outshot Kamloops in all three periods and finished with a 43-28 edge.


The Winterhawks are idle until Friday, when they play host to Spokane, 7 p.m., in their first game this season at Memorial Coliseum (KPAM 860 AM).