Winterhawks throttle Tri-City
It was a big night all around for the Portland Winterhawks on Tuesday.
Ryan Hughes had a five-point night, Kieffer Bellows scored twice and the Hawks throttled the Tri-City Americans 9-0 in a Western Hockey League game at the Toyota Center in Kennwick, Washington.
Hughes had two goals and three assists and Shane Farkas continued his strong play in goal. Farkas finished with 37 saves in his second career shutout.
Portland improved to 38-20-1-3 for 80 points, three points ahead of third-place Spokane in the U.S. Division. The Hawks are seven points behind division-leading Everett.
Tri-City, currently fourth in the U.S. Division and in the first wild card playoff spot, is 32-22-7-1 for 72 points. The Americans had won their previous three games.
Portland will play its lone home game in a stretch of eight games on Friday when Seattle visits Memorial Coliseum for a 7 p.m. game.
The five-point night pushed Hughes, who has 14 goals this season, past the 100-point mark (102 points) in his third WHL season.
Hughes opened the scoring on the power play 2:32 into the game. Keoni Texeira made it 2-0 just 1:14 later and the Hawks were off and running.
Despite the lopsided score, Farkas made some big saves while improving to 4-0 this season against Tri-City. Farkas was instrumental in Portland killing all seven Americans power plays.
Farkas is 8-1 since the start of 2018 and has won his last six starts.
The Winterhawks scored three times in the first period, four times in the second and twice more in the third period. Their nine goals was the second most scored in a game this season and the nine-goal margin was the largest of the season.
Joachim Blichfeld had a goal and two assists. Cody Glass had a goal and an assist and is up to 30 goals and 51 assists in 54 games on the season.
Brendan De Jong scored his third goal of the season and Reece Newkirk his sixth.
Newkirk and Texeira each had an assist in addition to a goal. Texeira has 100 career regular-season assists.
Conor MacEachern had two assists. Adding single assists were Matthew Quigley, Alex Overhardt and Skyler McKenzie.
With his two goals, Bellows has 34 for the season and five in the last three games after a rare four-game string without a point.
After Friday's home game, Portland — which is 21-8-1-1 on the road — is back in Kennewick for a Saturday game and visits Seattle in Kent, Washington on Sunday. From there the Hawks travel to Prince George for two games before closing the regular season playing four of five games at home.