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Newcomer Predinchuk scores in Hawks' 4-1 victory

by: COURTESY OF DOUG LOVE - New Winterhawks forward Tyson Predinchuk skates versus Tri-City.PORTLAND WINTERHAWKS 4, Tri-City Americans 1

Saturday night, Memorial Coliseum, 8,062 announced attendance

HIGHLIGHTS

• Four Portland players — including new arrival and former Spokane Chiefs forward Tyson Predinchuk — each scored a goal as the Hawks completed a two-day, two-game sweep of the Ams, maintaining their four-point lead in the Western Hockey League U.S. Division.

WHAT IT MEANS

• Portland has a chance to finish 2013 with a three-game winning streak — provided the Hawks can beat Kelowna on New Year's Eve at Moda Center.

TOP PERFORMERS

• Goal scorers Saturday for Portland: Adam de Champlain, Oliver Bjorkstrand, Predinchuk and Dominic Turgeon. De Champlain's goal gave the Winterhawks a 1-0 lead with 23.6 seconds left in the first period. Bjorkstrand scored shorthanded on a feed from Chase De Leo 5:04 into the second period. Predinchuk, whose first game with Portland was Friday at Tri-City, made the score 3-0 at 12:20 of the middle frame. One minute, 35 seconds later, Turgeon chased Tri-City goalie Eric Comrie.

• Brendan Burke made 30 saves in the victory.

NOTES

• Tri-City's goal came on a power play at 8:05 of the third period.

• Portland continued to play without forwards Nic Petan and Taylor Leier and D-man Derrick Pouliot, all with Canada at the world juniors championship at Malmo, Sweden through the first week of January. Also sidelined for Portland: forward Brendan Leipsic, serving a league suspension.

• Everett won 4-3 in OT at Seattle on Saturday to move one point ahead of the Thunderbirds and into sole possession of second place in the U.S. Division.

KEY STATS

• Portland killed five of six penalties.

WHL WESTERN CONFERENCE

STANDINGS

Kelowna 30-3-0-2 (62) (B.C. Division leader)

Portland 25-8-2-2 (54) (U.S. Division leader)

Victoria 25-13-0-2 (52)

Everett 23-11-4-0 (50)

Seattle 22-10-2-3 (49)

Spokane 22-13-0-2 (46)

Vancouver 17-14-5-2 (41)

Tri-City 17-17-2-2 (38)

Prince George 14-20-2-3 (33)

Kamloops 9-24-2-2 (22)

NEXT

The Winterhawks are off until their New Year's Eve game, a showdown with the hot Kelowna Rockets, who have won 14 games in a row and have the best record in the WHL. The Dec. 31 tilt starts at 8 p.m. at Moda Center (KPAM 860 AM).