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Winterhawks pull away from Chiefs

by: COURTESY OF BRYAN HEIM/WINTERHAWKS - Rian Maciog became the Winterhawks' eight-millionth fan at Sunday's game against Spokane at Memorial Coliseum. He won tickets the 2104 playoffs, season tickets for the 2014-15 season and a spot in Friday's Dash For Cash. PORTLAND WINTERHAWKS 5, Spokane Chiefs 0

Sunday, Memorial Coliseum, 7,728 announced attendance

HIGHLIGHTS

The Hawks exploded for three goals in an 8:26 span of the second period to stake a 4-0 lead, and the defense had no trouble protecting it.

WHAT IT MEANS

Portland improved to 30-12-2-3 (65 points) and extended its lead in the Western Hockey League U.S. Division to four points over second-place Seattle (28-14-2-3, 61 points). Spokane is third in the division at 27-15-2-2 (58 points).

TOP PERFORMERS

• Brendan Leipsic scored Portland's first goal with 41 seconds remaining in the opening frame. He added a goal — his 26th of the season — at 15:32 of the second period for a 4-0 lead. He also had an assist.

• Defensemen Derrick Pouliot had two assists, and Mathew Dumba, in his second game with the team, added one to his Portland ledger.

• Brendan Burke stopped 25 Spokane shots.

KEY STATS

• The Winterhawks held Spokane 25 shots, while taking 40, and the Chiefs were 0 for 4 on power plays.

NEXT

The Winterhawks are back in action at 7 p.m. Monday against Vancouver. The game is at Moda Center. (KPAM 860 AM).