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Hawks rally, hit season high with 12th consecutive win

by: TRIBUNE PHOTO: JONATHAN HOUSE - ALEX SCHOENBORNPORTLAND WINTERHAWKS 5, Everett Silvertips 3

Saturday night, Memorial Coliseum, 5,006 announced attendance

HIGHLIGHTS

• Trailing 3-2, the Hawks scored three unanswered goals in a 2:30 span of the third quarter to claim their season-high 12th win in a row.

 

WHAT IT MEANS

• The Winterhawks took a six-point lead over second-place, idle Seattle in the Western Hockey League U.S. Division.

The Hawks also are three points better than Victoria, the second-place team in the B.C. Division, even after the Royals knocked off Western Conference leader Kelowna 6-4 Saturday at Kelowna.

TOP PERFORMERS

• Captain Taylor Leier had two goals for the Hawks. His second marker, at 4:16 of the third period, tied the score at 3-3. It was his 27th goal of 2013-14.

• Alex Schoenborn got the go-ahead goal at 5:49 of the third period. It was his 14th of the season and put Portland on top 4-3.

• Nicolas Petan had one assist and the final goal, his 29th of the season, at 6:46 of the final frame.

KEY STATS

• Everett failed to score on four power plays.

• Portland outshot the Silvertips 41-29, including 30-18 in the final two periods.

NOTES

• The franchise record for consecutive victories is 15, set in 1979-80 and matched in 1997-98. Portland won 14 in a row last season.

• Everett led 1-0, and Portland's first lead came 57 seconds into the second period, when Leier scored on a power play.

The Silvertips tied the score at 16:13, then took a 3-2 lead at 2:07 of the third period.

WHL WESTERN CONFERENCE

STANDINGS

Kelowna 43-8-0-4 (90) (B.C. Division leader)

Portland 38-12-2-3 (81) (U.S. Division leader)

Victoria 37-16-1-3 (78)

Seattle 35-16-2-3 (75)

Spokane 32-18-3-2 (69)

Vancouver 27-21-6-3 (63)

Everett 26-21-7-1 (60)

Tri-City 26-24-2-3 (57)

Prince George 24-26-2-5 (55)

Kamloops 11-40-2-3 (27)

NEXT

The Winterhawks play at Prince George, 2 p.m. Monday (KPAM 860 AM).