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New record: Winterhawks win No. 16 in a row

by: COURTESY OF CHRIS RELKE/VANCOUVER GIANTS - Portland Winterhawks forward Dominic Turgeon (right) looks for an opening from close range against Vancouver during Saturday's road game.Portland Winterhawks 7, VANCOUVER GIANTS 4

Saturday night, Pacific Coliseum, 6,577 announced attendance

HIGHLIGHTS

Portland set a franchise record with a 16th consecutive victory, snapping a mark set in 1979-80 and matched in 1997-98.

The Hawks broke out of a 0-0 tie at 2:19 of the second period and went on to outscore the Giants 5-0 in the frame.

Nic Petan's 32nd goal of the season, on a power play and 34 seconds into the thir period, gave Portland a 6-0 bulge.

WHAT IT MEANS

The Winterhawks stayed in front of second-place Seattle by 10 points in the Western Hockey League U.S. Division, but they trail Western Conference leader Kelowna by seven points with 13 games remaining in the regular season.

TOP PERFORMERS

• Seven players scored a goal for the hot Hawks. Paul Bittner's 20th goal of the year proved to be the game-winner. Derrick Pouliot (his 15th goal of the season), Brendan Leipsic (33rd), Keoni Texeira (2nd), Alex Schoenborn (16th), Petan and Dominic Turgeon (10th) also found the net for the Winterhawks.

• Oliver Bjorkstrand had three assists. Schoenborn and Turgeon each had two assists.

KEY STATS

• Vancouver got only two power-play goals in seven attempts, both in the final six minutes, when the outcome was all but decided.

by: COURTESY OF CHRIS RELKE/VANCOUVER GIANTS - Winterhawks goaltender Corbin Boes makes one of his 30 saves Saturday night at Vancouver's Pacific Coliseum, as Portland wins 7-4 to set a franchise record of 16 consecutive victories.NOTES

• Corbin Boes continued to work the net for Portland, with No. 1 goaltender Brendan Burke ill. Boes made 30 saves for his seventh win since joining Portland in midseason.

• The Hawks haven't lost since Jan. 10.

WHL WESTERN CONFERENCE

STANDINGS

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

Portland 42-12-2-3 (89) (U.S. Division leader)

Victoria 40-16-1-3 (84)

Seattle 37-17-2-3 (79)

Spokane 32-20-3-2 (69)

Vancouver 27-23-7-3 (64)

Everett 28-22-7-1 (64)

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

Prince George 24-29-3-5 (56)

Kamloops 11-42-2-3 (27)

NEXT

The Winterhawks return home for the next three games. First up is Prince George at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Memorial Coliseum (KPAM 860 AM).