Portland Winterhawks 8, PRINCE GEORGE COUGARS 4
Monday afternoon, CN Centre, Prince George, British Columbia, 1,827 announced attendance
Portland took a 2-0 lead in the opening 13:26 and never looked back in winning its 13th game in a row.
WHAT IT MEANS
The Winterhawks took a five-point lead over second-place Seattle in the Western Hockey League U.S. Division. The Thunderbirds lost 7-3 at Kelowna in another Monday matinee.
Chase De Leo tied his career high with five points (two goals, three assists). De Leo has 31 goals this season.
Taylor Leier had one goal (his 28th of the season) and three assists.
It didn't take the Winterhawks long to answer three of the Cougars' four goals. Portland scored 30 seconds after Prince George's first goal, 1:32 after the home team's third goal and 18 seconds after the final PG goal.
The Hawks got off 50 shots. Prince George had 32.
Six of Portland's goals came on special teams (four power plays, two shorthanded).
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.
Brendan Burke made 28 saves to collect the win.
Other Hawk goal scorers: Garrett Haar, Oliver Bjorkstrand, Paul Bittner (19th), Dominic Turgeon (7th) and Keegan Iverson (16th). Haar opened the scoring at 7:25 of the first period.
WHL WESTERN CONFERENCE
Kelowna 44-8-0-4 (92) (B.C. Division leader)
Portland 39-12-2-3 (83) (U.S. Division leader)
Victoria 38-16-1-3 (80)
Seattle 35-17-2-3 (75)
Spokane 32-19-3-2 (69)
Vancouver 27-22-6-3 (63)
Everett 27-21-7-1 (62)
Tri-City 27-24-2-3 (59)
Prince George 24-27-2-5 (55)
Kamloops 11-41-2-3 (27)
The Winterhawks play again at Prince George, 7 p.m. Wednesday (KPAM 860 AM).