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Winterhawks pull out No. 18 in a row, 4-2

PORTLAND WINTERHAWKS 4, Kamloops Blazers 2

Friday night, Memorial Coliseum, 7,619 announced attendance

HIGHLIGHTS

Portland pulled out its 18th consecutive victory with two unanswered third-period goals against the Blazers, who are last in the Western Hockey League Western Conference.

WHAT IT MEANS

• The Winterhawks extended their franchise record for wins in a row.

• Since their last loss (3-2 at Victoria on Jan. 10), the Hawks have outscored 18 opponents 105-38. They have won 13 times by three goals or more, four times by two goals and once by one goal.

TOP PERFORMERS

• Keegan Iverson's goal on a shot from the blue line at 5:27 of the third period gave Portland a 3-2 lead — its first of the game.IVERSON

• Brendan Leipsic scored a power-play goal from the right faceoff circle at 9:05 to give the Hawks their two-goal advantage.

• Chase De Leo tied the game at 7:09 on a power play at 7:09 of the first period.

• Taylor Leier evened the count at 2-2 with his goal 42 seconds into the second period.

• Corbin Boes picked up the win, making 14 saves.

KEY STATS

Portland outshot Kamloops 46-16 — 14-6 in the first period, 13-7 in the second frame and 19-3 in the final period.

NOTES

• Portland has 11 games remaining in the regular season, six at home and five away.

• Nic Petan extended his scoring streak to 14 games, Oliver Bjorkstrand's streak reached 12 games and Leier's streak hit eight games.

• Petan, who had an assist on Leipsic's goal, leads the WHL in scoring with 103 points (32 goals, a league-high 71 assists) in 52 games. Spokane's Mitch Holmberg is second with 100 points (51 goals, 49 assists) in 61 games. Bjorkstrand is third with 92 points (41-51) in 58 games. Kootenay's Sam Reinhart is fourth with 89 (32-57) in 49 games. Leipsic is No. 10 with 77 points (34-43) in 49 games.

• The Hawks still trail Kelowna, the West leader, by seven points. The Rockets reached the 100-point mark Friday with their 4-2 victory at Prince George.

WHL WESTERN CONFERENCE

STANDINGS

Kelowna 48-8-0-4 (100) (B.C. Division leader)

Portland 44-12-2-3 (93) (U.S. Division leader)

Victoria 42-17-1-3 (88)

Seattle 37-19-2-3 (79)

Spokane 34-21-3-3 (74)

Vancouver 29-24-7-3 (68)

Everett 29-23-7-1 (68)

Tri-City 27-28-3-3 (60)

Prince George 25-31-3-5 (58)

Kamloops 12-44-2-3 (29)

NEXT

The Winterhawks are back on home ice Saturday, facing Prince Albert at 7 p.m. at Memorial Coliseum (KPAM 860 AM).