Winterhawks win in shootout
Pouliot, Leier score after De Champlain's goal forces OT
Portland Winterhawks 5, VANCOUVER GIANTS 4 (shootout)
Sunday night, Pacific Coliseum, 6,047 announced attendance
After the Hawks rallied in regulation, Corbin Boes made two saves in the shootout, and the Hawks scored on their first two rounds (Derrick Pouliot, Taylor Leier).
It was Portland's first shootout victory of the season.
WHAT IT MEANS
The Winterhawks finished their three-game, three-day trip to Vancouver Island with a shootout loss, an overtime victory and a shootout win.
The Hawks (61 points) picked up seven of a possible eight points on a four-game trip that began with a victory Wednesday at Everett. Now Portland has a six-point lead in the Western Hockey League U.S. Division over three teams, as Spokane, Seattle and Everett are tied with 55 apiece.
Boes got his first victory in two appearances since being acquired on Friday by the Winterhawks. He stopped 24 of 28 shots.
Chase De Leo had a goal and an assist for Portland.
Adam De Champlain scored shorthanded with 2:41 left in the third period to pull the Hawks into a 4-4 tie.
The Hawks were still without defenseman Mathew Dumba, their new acquisition from the NHL Minnesota Wild. He is recovering at home in Calgary from a virus, Portland coach/general manager Mike Johnston says.
Portland led in shots 36-28, but were scoreless in four power plays. Vancouver was 1 of 5 with the man advantage.
WHL WESTERN CONFERENCE
Kelowna 36-5-0-2 (74) (B.C. Division leader)
Portland 28-12-2-3 (61) (U.S. Division leader)
Victoria 29-15-0-2 (60)
Spokane 26-13-1-2 (55)
Everett 24-13-6-1 (55)
Seattle 25-14-2-3 (55)
Vancouver 22-15-5-3 (52)
Tri-City 20-20-2-2 (44)
Prince George 17-23-2-4 (40)
Kamloops 10-29-2-3 (25)
The Winterhawks return home for a game against Moose Jaw at 7 p.m. Friday at Memorial Coliseum. (KPAM 860 AM).