PORTLAND WINTERHAWKS 5, Everett Silvertips 3
Saturday night, Memorial Coliseum, 5,006 announced attendance
Trailing 3-2, the Hawks scored three unanswered goals in a 2:30 span of the third quarter to claim their season-high 12th win in a row.
WHAT IT MEANS
The Winterhawks took a six-point lead over second-place, idle Seattle in the Western Hockey League U.S. Division.
The Hawks also are three points better than Victoria, the second-place team in the B.C. Division, even after the Royals knocked off Western Conference leader Kelowna 6-4 Saturday at Kelowna.
Captain Taylor Leier had two goals for the Hawks. His second marker, at 4:16 of the third period, tied the score at 3-3. It was his 27th goal of 2013-14.
Alex Schoenborn got the go-ahead goal at 5:49 of the third period. It was his 14th of the season and put Portland on top 4-3.
Nicolas Petan had one assist and the final goal, his 29th of the season, at 6:46 of the final frame.
Everett failed to score on four power plays.
Portland outshot the Silvertips 41-29, including 30-18 in the final two periods.
The franchise record for consecutive victories is 15, set in 1979-80 and matched in 1997-98. Portland won 14 in a row last season.
Everett led 1-0, and Portland's first lead came 57 seconds into the second period, when Leier scored on a power play.
The Silvertips tied the score at 16:13, then took a 3-2 lead at 2:07 of the third period.
WHL WESTERN CONFERENCE
Kelowna 43-8-0-4 (90) (B.C. Division leader)
Portland 38-12-2-3 (81) (U.S. Division leader)
Victoria 37-16-1-3 (78)
Seattle 35-16-2-3 (75)
Spokane 32-18-3-2 (69)
Vancouver 27-21-6-3 (63)
Everett 26-21-7-1 (60)
Tri-City 26-24-2-3 (57)
Prince George 24-26-2-5 (55)
Kamloops 11-40-2-3 (27)
The Winterhawks play at Prince George, 2 p.m. Monday (KPAM 860 AM).