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Winterhawks tie franchise record with 16th in a row

Portland Winterhawks 7, KAMLOOPS BLAZERS 4

Friday night, Interior Savings Centre, 4,226 announced attendance

HIGHLIGHTS

Portland tied its franchise record with a 15th consecutive victory, a mark set in 1979-80 and matched in 1997-98.

WHAT IT MEANS

The Winterhawks still lead second-place Seattle by 10 points in the Western Hockey League U.S. Division, but they trail Western Conference leader Kelowna by nine points with 14 games remaining in the regular season.

TOP PERFORMERS

• Captain Taylor Leier got his 30th and 31st goal of the season and added two assists.

• Brendan Leipsic and Nic Petan each had a goal and two assists.

• Dominic Turgeon scored two goals and had an assist.

KEY STATS

• The Hawks set the tone with a dominating first period in which they outshot the Blazers 24-6.

• Portland scored four goals on six power plays.

NOTES

• Petan got Portland on the board at 7:39 of the first period, and Leipsic one-timed a hard shot from the side to make the score 2-0 at 10:03 — both on power plays. Then it was Turgeon, finding the net on a wraparound shot at 18:56 for a 3-0 lead and then feeding Alex Schoenborn for a great look that made it a 4-0 game with 34 seconds left in the opening frame.

• Kamloops cut the gap to 4-2 in the second period, but Portland captain Leier scored seconds into a power play to make it 5-2. The Blazers got a shorthanded penalty-shot goal to get back within two goals of the Winterhawks.

• Leier got a third-period goal for a 6-3 edge, and Turgeon scored on a breakaway 33 seconds later.

• Corbin Boes got his second straight start in place of ailing Portland goalie Brendan Burke, and Boes stopped 23 shots.

WHL WESTERN CONFERENCE

STANDINGS

Kelowna 46-8-0-4 (96) (B.C. Division leader)

Portland 41-12-2-3 (87) (U.S. Division leader)

Victoria 39-16-1-3 (82)

Seattle 36-17-2-3 (77)

Spokane 32-20-3-2 (69)

Vancouver 27-22-7-3 (64)

Everett 28-21-7-1 (64)

Tri-City 27-25-3-3 (60)

Prince George 24-29-2-5 (55)

Kamloops 11-42-2-3 (27)

NEXT

The Winterhawks can break their franchise win-streak record on Saturday. They play at Vancouver at 7 p.m. (KPAM 860 AM).