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Giants score three goals in first period and three in third period to down visiting Portland


The Vancouver Giants beat the visiting Portland Winterhawks 6-3 on Friday at the Langley (B.C.) Events Centre.

The Giants scored three goals early in the third period to open up a five-goal lead.

Evan Weinger, Alex Overhardt and Skyler McKenzie scored for Portland.

The Winterhawks play the top team in the Western Hockey League's Western Conference on Saturday, visiting the Everett Silvertips for a 7 p.m. game before a nine-day holiday break.

Portland (19-15-1-0) remained sixth in the Western Conference and third in the U.S. Division with 39 points, two behind Tri-City and two ahead of Seattle. Both the Americans and Thunderbirds lost on Friday.

The Giants (12-18-1-2, 27 points) are last in the conference, seven points behind ninth-place Spokane.

Thomas Foster had two goals and Tyler Benson three assists to lead the Giants.

Portland was 1 for 4 on the power play, Vancouver 1 for 6 — with Portland taking five penalties in a scoreless second period.

James Malm scored Vancouver's Teddy Bear Toss goal. Owen Hardy and Foster also scored in the first period to put Vancouver ahead 3-1. That remained the score through two periods, But Matt Barberis and Foster scored early in the third period to stretch the lead, and Jeff Rayman made the score 6-1 before Overhardt and McKenzie scored for Portland.

Cole Kehler took the loss, giving up five goals on 29 shots before Michael Bullion came on for the final 13:37 and gave up one goal on two shots.

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