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Winterhawks blank Chiefs to notch No. 9 in a row

PORTLAND WINTERHAWKS 6, Spokane Chiefs 0

Friday night, Moda Center, 9,646 announced attendance

HIGHLIGHTS

• Portland picked up its ninth win in a row. The Hawks led 1-0 after one period and 4-0 through two periods.

• Five Winterhawks scored at least one goal, and eight players had at least one assist.

WHAT IT MEANS

• The Winterhawks lead the Western Hockey League U.S. Division by six points over second-place Seattle with 20 of the 72 regular-season games remaining — and with the Thunderbirds coming to town to play Portland at Memorial Coliseum on Saturday night.

TOP PERFORMERSBJORKSTRAND

• Oliver Bjorkstrand had back-to-back goals in a 3:36 span in the middle of the second period. That gave Portland a 4-0 lead and gave him 36 goals this season. He ranks second in the WHL in goals.

• Brendan Burke made 32 saves for his second shutout of the campaign.

KEY STATS

• The Chiefs had only two power-play opportunities, while Portland went 3 for 6 with the man advantage.

NOTES

• Keegan Iverson got the game-winning goal on a power play at 10:18 of the first period, scoring for the 14th time this season.

• Paul Bittner got his 17th goal. It gave the Winterhawks a 2-0 lead.

• Brendan Leipsic tallied his 31st goal, putting Portland on top 5-0 at 8:47 of the third period.

• Adam De Champlain's sixth goal of the season, on a power play, came with 13 seconds left.

WHL WESTERN CONFERENCE

STANDINGS

Kelowna 41-7-0-3 (85) (B.C. Division leader)

Portland 35-12-2-3 (75) (U.S. Division leader)

Victoria 33-16-0-3 (69)

Seattle 32-15-2-3 (69)

Spokane 31-16-2-2 (66)

Everett 25-19-7-1 (58)

Vancouver 25-19-5-3 (58)

Tri-City 25-22-2-3 (55)

Prince George 21-26-2-5 (49)

Kamloops 11-36-2-3 (27)

NEXT

The Winterhawks play host to Seattle at 7 p.m. Saturday at Memorial Coliseum (KPAM 860 AM).