PORTLAND WINTERHAWKS 6, Prince Albert Raiders 3
Saturday night, Memorial Coliseum, 9,059 announced attendance
Another mission accomplished for the Hawks, who had to rally but collected their 19th consecutive victory, extending their franchise record.
WHAT IT MEANS
Portland gained ground on Kelowna, the Western Hockey League Western Conference leader, as the Rockets lost surprisingly 2-1 at Prince George. Portland and Kelowna are five points apart, with 10 games left in the regular season for the Winterhawks and 11 to go for the Rockets.
Since the Hawks' last loss (3-2 at Victoria on Jan. 10), they have outscored 19 opponents 111-41. They have won 14 times by three goals or more, four times by two goals and once by one goal.
Chase De Leo had two goals and two assists, including Portland's first goal, which cut the Hawks' deficit to 2-1 with 2:02 remaining in the first period.
Nic Petan added to his point streak, now 15 games, with a tying goal at 6:46 of the second period.
Defenseman Mathew Dumba put the Hawks ahead for good with a goal, his third of the season, on a power play at 9:12 of the second period. It came in a run of five Portland markers that gave the home club a 5-2 lead after two frames.
Oliver Bjorkstrand's point streak is at 13 games after he got a goal and two assists.
Shots were heavily in Portland's favor 48-26.
Petan leads the WHL in scoring with 105 points (34 goals, a league-high 71 assists) in 53 games. Spokane's Mitch Holmberg is second with 103 points (54 goals, 49 assists) in 62 games. Bjorkstrand is third with 95 points (42-53) in 59 games. Kootenay's Sam Reinhart is fourth with 90 (32-58) in 50 games. Leipsic is No. 10 with 79 points (34-45) in 49 games.
WHL WESTERN CONFERENCE
Kelowna 48-9-0-4 (100) (B.C. Division leader)
Portland 45-12-2-3 (95) (U.S. Division leader)
Victoria 43-17-1-3 (90)
Seattle 37-19-2-4 (80)
Spokane 35-21-3-3 (76)
Vancouver 30-24-7-3 (70)
Everett 30-23-7-1 (68)
Tri-City 27-28-3-4 (61)
Prince George 26-31-3-5 (60)
Kamloops 13-44-2-3 (31)
The Winterhawks are at Everett, 4 p.m. Sunday (KPAM 860 AM).