Winterhawks blank Chiefs to notch No. 9 in a row
PORTLAND WINTERHAWKS 6, Spokane Chiefs 0
Friday night, Moda Center, 9,646 announced attendance
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.
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.
The Chiefs had only two power-play opportunities, while Portland went 3 for 6 with the man advantage.
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
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)
The Winterhawks play host to Seattle at 7 p.m. Saturday at Memorial Coliseum (KPAM 860 AM).