Winterhawks stay unbeaten on road going into showdown at Spokane
Portland Winterhawks 6, KOOTENAY ICE 3
WHEN, WHERE, ATTENDANCE
Friday night, Western Financial Place, Cranbrook, British Columbia, 2,286
Portland continued its streaky place, scoring the first three goals in the first period, then seeing Kootenay close to within 3-2 early in the third period, then getting goals at 6:08 and 6:39 to rebuild a three-goal lead.
WHAT IT MEANS
The Hawks set the stage for Saturday night's clash with Spokane with first place in the WHL Western Conference on the line.
Portland's winning streak is at seven games, and the Hawks are 4-0 in a stretch of four consecutive road games.
Chase De Leo's ninth and 10th goals of the season gave Portland a 3-0 lead after 14:03.
Oliver Bjorkstrand had four assists for the Hawks.
Nic Petan, Portland's co-leading scorer this season with 28 points, got his ninth goal one minute into the game, then assisted on the game's final goal, by Keegan Iverson (his fifth) at 10:44 of the third period.
Bjorkstrand (13-15-28) and Petan are tied for second in the league in points, seven behind Spokane's Mitch Holmberg (17-18-35).
No. 1 goalie Brendan Burke took the night off, and backup Jarrod Schamerhorn earned the win with 27 saves.
It was the first WHL victory for Schamerhorn, 6-2, 180, from Kelowna, B.C., who is 1-1-0-0 in three games and 140 minutes played, with a 3.96 goals-against average and .885 save percentage.
Portland came out firing and finished the first period with 17-6 edge in shots and a 3-1 lead.
Portland 10-3-1-0 (21 points)
Kootenay 6-6-2-0 (14, tied for seventh in WHL Eastern Conference)
The Hawks are second in points in the WHL Western Conference, one behind U.S. Division leader Spokane, which also has played 14 games:
Spokane 11-3-0-0 (22)
Kelowna 8-2-0-2 (18) (B.C. Division leader)
Portland 10-3-0-1 (21)
Everett 9-2-2-0 (20)
Seattle 9-3-0-2 (20)
Victoria 9-7-0-0 (18)
Prince George 7-7-0-1 (15)
Tri-City 7-8-0-1 (15)
Kamloops 4-9-0-0 (8)
Vancouver 3-8-1-1 (8)
The Winterhawks play at Spokane at 7 p.m. Saturday (KPAM 860 AM).
The Chiefs are coming off a 7-1 home victory over the Brandon Wheat Kings on Friday night.