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Winterhawks clip Red Deer 5-4

Portland Winterhawks 5, RED DEER REBELS 4

Saturday night, Enmax Centrium, Red Deer, Alberta, 5,710 announced attendance

HIGHLIGHTS

• The Hawks have made a lot of fast starts in games this season, but Saturday's was really fast. Chase De Leo scored nine seconds after the faceoff, on a pass from Oliver Bjorkstrand.

Portland built leads of 2-0 and 4-1, then held on at the end to get back in the win column 24 hours after losing in a shootout at Edmonton, the team that played the Winterhawks in the 2012 and 2013 WHL finals.

WHAT IT MEANS

• Portland added to its Western Hockey League-best point total and improved to 1-1, with three points in two games, on its three games-in-three days weekend road trip.

TOP PERFORMERS

• All the usual suspects on Portland's forward lines played a part in Saturday's victory. Brendan Leipsic led the way with two goals and one assist, and Nic Petan had two assists.

Leipsic's 20th goal of the season, with 4:56 remaining in the second period, proved to be the winner. It gave Portland a 5-3 lead.

Red Deer scored short-handed at 7:08 of the third period, but that was the only goal of the final frame.

• Portland's No. 2 goaltender, Jarrod Schamerhorn, got the call and went the distance, making 32 saves.

KEY STATS

• Portland was able to kill five of six penalties.

WHL WESTERN CONFERENCE

STANDINGS

Portland 22-5-2-2 (48) (U.S. Division leader)

Kelowna 22-3-0-2 (46) (B.C. Division leader)

Everett 21-6-4-0 (46)

Victoria 20-11-0-1 (41)

Seattle 17-9-1-3 (38)

Spokane 18-11-0-2 (38)

Tri-City 17-12-1-2 (37)

Vancouver 13-12-5-2 (33)

Prince George 11-16-2-3 (26)

Kamloops 6-20-2-2 (16)

NEXT

The Winterhawks wrap up their three-game, three-day weekend at Calgary, 3 p.m. Sunday, facing the team of former Winterhawk player/coach Mike Williamson (KPAM 860 AM).

Calgary is third in the WHL Eastern Conference with a 17-7-1-3 record and 38 points. The Hitmen won at home Saturday night 5-2 over last-place Lethbridge.