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Bjorkstrand's goals keep Hawks' streak alive

Portland Winterhawks 2, EVERETT SILVERTIPS 1 (shootout)

Sunday night, Comcast Arena, 4,511 announced attendance

HIGHLIGHTSBJORKSTRAND

Oliver Bjorkstrand tied the game in the third period, then won it with his shootout goal, as Portland survived a defensive battle and extended its franchise record to 20 consecutive victories.

WHAT IT MEANS

• Portland picked up two points on idle Kelowna, the Western Hockey League Western Conference leader. The Hawks have 97 points with nine regular-season games remaining, and the Rockets have 100 with 11 games to play.

• Since the Hawks' last loss (3-2 at Victoria on Jan. 10), they have outscored 20 opponents 113-42. They have won 14 times by three goals or more, four times by two goals and twice by one goal.

TOP PERFORMERS

• Bjorkstrand's 43rd goal of the season came at 7:13 of the third period, on assists by Nic Petan and Brendan Leipsic.

Bjorkstrand scored the only goal of the shootout, finding the net after a miss by the Hawks' Derrick Pouliot and before a try by Dominic Turgeon.

• Portland goaltender Corbin Boes made 23 saves and stopped all three Everett attempts in the shootout.

KEY STATS

• Each team had only two power plays, and neither team scored with the man advantage.

• Portland led in shots 39-24, including 4-0 in overtime.

NOTES

• Mitch Holmberg of Spokane has reclaimed the WHL scoring league from Petan. He had three goals and one assist in a 9-4 home win over Kamloops on Sunday.

Holmberg has 107 points (57 goals, 50 assists) in 63 games. Petan is second with 106 points (34 goals, league-high 72 assists) in 54 games. Bjorkstrand is third with 96 points (43-53) in 60 games. Kootenay's Sam Reinhart is fourth with 90 (32-58) in 50 games. Leipsic has moved up two spots to a tie for No. 8 with 80 points (34-46) in 51 games.

WHL WESTERN CONFERENCE

STANDINGS

Kelowna 48-9-0-4 (100) (B.C. Division leader)

Portland 46-12-2-3 (97) (U.S. Division leader)

Victoria 43-17-1-3 (90)

Seattle 37-19-2-4 (80)

Spokane 36-21-3-3 (78)

Vancouver 30-24-7-3 (70)

Everett 30-23-7-2 (69)

Tri-City 27-28-3-4 (61)

Prince George 26-31-3-5 (60)

Kamloops 13-45-2-3 (31)

NEXT

The Winterhawks get a little rest before playing at Spokane, 7 p.m. Friday (KPAM 860 AM).