Fast start propels Portland to 8-2 victory at home over Moose Jaw
PORTLAND WINTERHAWKS 8, Moose Jaw Warriors 2
Friday night, Memorial Coliseum, 7,301 announced attendance
The Winterhawks had no trouble with Moose Jaw, as new Hawk defenseman Mathew Dumba made his debut with Portland.
Dumba, who had played in 13 games with the NHL Minnesota Wild this season, got his first point2 as a Hawk with assists on Portland's sixth and seventh goals.
WHAT IT MEANS
The Winterhawks have a four-point lead over second-place Seattle in the Western Hockey League U.S. Division, and they are 4-0-0-1 in their last five games.
Five Hawks in order, Keegan Iverson (3:36 into the game), Paul Bittner, Oliver Bjorkstrand, Brendan Leipsic and Taylor Leier (with 3.1 seconds left in period No. 2) scored to give Portland leads of 4-0 after one period and 5-0 after two frames.
Derrick Pouliot made the score 6-1, and Dominic Turgeon made it 7-1.
Leier scored again with 3:38 left.
Chase De Leo had four assists, Nic Petan three and Pouliot two.
Brendan Burke picked up the win, making 24 saves.
Moose Jaw scored its first goal on a power play at 1:43 of the third period.
Portland was 4 for 6 on power plays.
WHL WESTERN CONFERENCE
Kelowna 36-6-0-2 (74) (B.C. Division leader)
Portland 29-12-2-3 (63) (U.S. Division leader)
Victoria 30-15-0-2 (62)
Seattle 27-14-2-3 (59)
Spokane 27-13-2-2 (58)
Everett 24-14-6-1 (55)
Vancouver 23-15-5-3 (54)
Tri-City 20-21-2-2 (44)
Prince George 17-24-2-4 (40)
Kamloops 10-30-2-3 (25)
The Winterhawks take a day off before facing Spokane at 3:30 p.m. Sunday at Memorial Coliseum. (KPAM 860 AM).