PORTLAND WINTERHAWKS 3, Seattle Thunderbirds 0
Saturday night, Memorial Coliseum, 6,861 announced attendance
Portland held Seattle to 16 shots, and Brendan Burke stopped all of them, as the Hawks won their 10th game in a row.
WHAT IT MEANS
The Winterhawks' lead over second-place Seattle grew to eight points in the Western Hockey League U.S. Division.
Burke picked up his second shutout in two nights. He blanked Spokane on Friday in a 6-0 victory.
Defenseman Derrick Pouliot was named No. 1 star of the game. In addition to his leadership on defense, he had two assists.
Oliver Bjorkstrand assisted on Portland's first goal and scored the final goal, his 37th strike of the WHL season. He is second in the league in goals.
Seattle managed just eight shots in the first period, two in the second and six in the third and was 0 for 2 on power plays.
Nic Petan's 26th goal of the season gave Portland a 1-0 lead at 5:50 of the middle frame. It was one of two Winterhawk power-play scores.
Adam Rossignol scored shorthanded at 7:44 of the third period. The unassisted goal was his third tally of the season.
Bjorkstrand's power-play goal came at 16:29 of the final period, with Petan and Pouliot assisting.
WHL WESTERN CONFERENCE
Kelowna 42-7-0-3 (87) (B.C. Division leader)
Portland 36-12-2-3 (77) (U.S. Division leader)
Victoria 34-16-0-3 (71)
Seattle 32-16-2-3 (69)
Spokane 31-16-3-2 (67)
Vancouver 26-19-6-3 (61)
Everett 26-19-7-1 (60)
Tri-City 26-22-2-3 (57)
Prince George 22-26-2-5 (51)
Kamloops 11-37-2-3 (27)
The Winterhawks play at Tri-City at 7 p.m. Friday (KPAM 860 AM).