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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

HIGHLIGHTS

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

TOP PERFORMERS

• 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.

NOTES

• 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.

KEY STAT

• Portland held Victoria to 12 total shots over the final two periods.

WHL WESTERN CONFERENCE

STANDINGS

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)

NEXT

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.