Eight in a row for Winterhawks
PORTLAND WINTERHAWKS 8, Everett Silvertips 1
Wednesday night, Memorial Coliseum, 4,648 announced attendance
The Hawks completed a 3-0 sweep of injury-plagued Everett in six-day span.
Paul Bittner's four-point night led the way.
WHAT IT MEANS
Portland has won eight in a row.
The Winterhawks lead the U.S. Division by six points over Seattle and by seven over Spokane, going into a weekend game against each team.
Bittner had two goals and two assists.
New defenseman Mathew Dumba recorded two assists and was plus-4 for the game.
Unsung winger Ethan Price got a goal and an assist, as did Nic Petan, Oliver Bjorkstrand and Brendan Leipsic.
Corbin Boes made 27 saves in going the distance for the victory in goal.
Everett was 1 of 9 on power plays.
Portland leads the Western Hockey League in goals (230). Kelowna, which has a 10-point lead on the Winterhawks in the Western Conference, is second with 216.
Boes is 3-0-0-1 in four games since joining the Winterhawks via a midseason trade. He has made 118 saves for a .929 save percentage and is giving up 2.16 goals per game with Portland.
Petan leads the WHL in assists with 56, 12 ahead of three players.
Bjorkstrand is second in the WHL in goals with 34. Spokane's Mitch Holmberg has 46. Four players have 31, and Leipsic has 30.
Bittner opened the scoring 1:15 into Wednesday's game. And, after tied the score on a power play at 5:25, Bittner got his 16th goal of the season at 13:20. Portland never looked back, leading 3-1 after the first period and 7-1 after two frames.
Chase De Leo gave the Hawks a 3-1 cushion at 16:07, notching his 29th goal of the season.
Bjorkstand scored on a power play at 1:24 of the second period, and Leipsic got his 30th, unassisted, at 7:35. The big second period also included Petan's 25th goal, at 10:47, and Price's third, at 12:09.
Dominic Turgeon had the only goal of the third period. It came with 3:13 remaining.
WHL WESTERN CONFERENCE
Kelowna 40-7-0-3 (83) (B.C. Division leader)
Portland 34-12-2-3 (73) (U.S. Division leader)
Victoria 33-16-0-2 (68)
Seattle 31-15-2-3 (67)
Spokane 31-15-2-2 (66)
Everett 25-18-7-1 (58)
Vancouver 25-19-5-3 (58)
Tri-City 25-21-2-3 (55)
Prince George 20-26-2-5 (47)
Kamloops 11-35-2-3 (27)
The Winterhawks play host to Spokane at 7 p.m. Friday at Moda Center (KPAM 860 AM).