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TUESDAY WHL RECAP/McKenzie scores twice as Portland starts trip with 5-2 win at Kootenay

MCKENZIEThe Portland Winterhawks began their six-game swing through the Western Hockey League's Central Division on Tuesday with a 5-2 win over the Kootenay Ice in Cranbrook, British Columbia.

Skyler McKenzie had two goals and an assist. Lane Gillis, Brendan De Jong and Kieffer Bellows also scored for Portland, and Cody Glass had three assists.

The Winterhawks are 16-4-0-0 atop the U.S. Division with 32 points. The Ice are 10-13-1-0, second place in the Central Division.

Cole Kehler made 37 saves and Portland killed off all six Kootenay power play.

McKenzie scored midway through the first period.

Gillis made it 2-0 Portland two minutes into the second period, taking an up-ice feed from Henri Jokiharju and streaking in alone for his second goal of the season.

Kootenay's Cameron Hausinger scored off the rush 4:48 into the second period.

De Jong scored his first goal of the season with Portland on the power play in the final seconds of the second period. De Jong scored with a slap shot from the top of the left-wing circle.

Kehler came up big twice during a Kootenay power play early in the third period.

Moments later a beautiful, a no-look back pass from McKenzie set up Bellows for his 16th goal of the season. McKenzie's team-leading 18th goal made it 5-1 midway through the third period. He deflected a Jokiharju point shot past Kootenay goalie Bailey Brkin.

Gillan Kohler scored for the Ice at 13:11 of the third period.

The second stop on the six games in nine days road trip is Calgary for a 6 p.m. Wednesday game against the Hitmen.

With three assists, Glass has produced multiple points in six of his last seven games.

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