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Eight in a row for Winterhawks

by: TRIBUNE PHOTO: JONATHAN HOUSE - Paul Bittner, Portland Winterhawks forward, had four points Wednesday night in an 8-1 victory over Everett.PORTLAND WINTERHAWKS 8, Everett Silvertips 1

Wednesday night, Memorial Coliseum, 4,648 announced attendance

HIGHLIGHTS

• 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.

TOP PERFORMERS

• 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.

KEY STATS

• 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.

NOTES

• 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

STANDINGS

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)

NEXT

The Winterhawks play host to Spokane at 7 p.m. Friday at Moda Center (KPAM 860 AM).