Winterhawks get 1st win over Victoria
Burke returns in goal: Leipsic, Bjorkstrand score in 2-1 victory
Portland Winterhawks 2, VICTORIA ROYALS 1
Saturday night, Save-On-Foods Memorial Arena, 5,119 announced attendance
The Winterhawks got their first victory in four tries this season against the Royals, finishing the season series 1-1-1-1.
Victoria had won three times by 3-2 scores, including here on Friday in a shootout.
WHAT IT MEANS
The Winterhawks (59 points) have a four-point lead in the Western Hockey League U.S. Division over three teams, as Spokane, Seattle and Everett are tied with 55 apiece after Seattle beat visiting Spokane 4-3 in overtime and Everett lost 3-2 in OT at Tri-City (44 points) on Saturday
Brendan Burke returned from injury and made 23 saves to pick up the win.
Brendan Leipsic scored 2:46 into the game to give Portland a 1-0 lead.
Oliver Bjorkstrand tallied the game-winner on a power play at 15:00 of the third period.
Leipsic missed a penalty shot at 14:00 of the first period, as Victoria goaltender Coleman Vollrath continued his strong play. Vollrath finished with 33 saves.
The Hawks were still without defenseman Mathew Dumba, their new acquisition from the NHL Minnesota Wild. He is recovering at home in Calgary from a virus, Portland coach/general manager Mike Johnston says.
Portland held Victoria to 12 total shots over the final two periods.
WHL WESTERN CONFERENCE
Kelowna 35-5-0-2 (72) (B.C. Division leader)
Portland 27-12-2-3 (59) (U.S. Division leader)
Victoria 29-15-0-2 (60)
Spokane 26-13-1-2 (55)
Everett 24-13-6-1 (55)
Seattle 25-14-2-3 (55)
Vancouver 22-15-5-2 (51)
Tri-City 20-20-2-2 (44)
Prince George 17-23-2-4 (40)
Kamloops 10-29-2-3 (25)
The Winterhawks' three-game weekend in British Columbia concludes with a game against Vancouver at 5 p.m. Sunday. (KPAM 860 AM).
It's the first of four meetings between the clubs this season.