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Winterhawks tie franchise record with 16th in a row


Portland Winterhawks 7, KAMLOOPS BLAZERS 4

Friday night, Interior Savings Centre, 4,226 announced attendance


Portland tied its franchise record with a 15th consecutive victory, a mark set in 1979-80 and matched in 1997-98.


The Winterhawks still lead second-place Seattle by 10 points in the Western Hockey League U.S. Division, but they trail Western Conference leader Kelowna by nine points with 14 games remaining in the regular season.


• Captain Taylor Leier got his 30th and 31st goal of the season and added two assists.

• Brendan Leipsic and Nic Petan each had a goal and two assists.

• Dominic Turgeon scored two goals and had an assist.


• The Hawks set the tone with a dominating first period in which they outshot the Blazers 24-6.

• Portland scored four goals on six power plays.


• Petan got Portland on the board at 7:39 of the first period, and Leipsic one-timed a hard shot from the side to make the score 2-0 at 10:03 — both on power plays. Then it was Turgeon, finding the net on a wraparound shot at 18:56 for a 3-0 lead and then feeding Alex Schoenborn for a great look that made it a 4-0 game with 34 seconds left in the opening frame.

• Kamloops cut the gap to 4-2 in the second period, but Portland captain Leier scored seconds into a power play to make it 5-2. The Blazers got a shorthanded penalty-shot goal to get back within two goals of the Winterhawks.

• Leier got a third-period goal for a 6-3 edge, and Turgeon scored on a breakaway 33 seconds later.

• Corbin Boes got his second straight start in place of ailing Portland goalie Brendan Burke, and Boes stopped 23 shots.



Kelowna 46-8-0-4 (96) (B.C. Division leader)

Portland 41-12-2-3 (87) (U.S. Division leader)

Victoria 39-16-1-3 (82)

Seattle 36-17-2-3 (77)

Spokane 32-20-3-2 (69)

Vancouver 27-22-7-3 (64)

Everett 28-21-7-1 (64)

Tri-City 27-25-3-3 (60)

Prince George 24-29-2-5 (55)

Kamloops 11-42-2-3 (27)


The Winterhawks can break their franchise win-streak record on Saturday. They play at Vancouver at 7 p.m. (KPAM 860 AM).