FRIDAY WHL RECAP/Joachim Blichfeld leads the charge as Portland wins its third in a row

Joachim Blichfeld scored twice and set up the go-ahead goal as the Portland Winterhawks beat the Kamloops Blazers 5-3 on Friday in British Columbia.

Blichfeld tied the score on a shorthanded breakaway 18 seconds into the third period. Then, seconds after the Hawks killed that Blazers penalty, he set up Jake Gricius in front for the winner. Those two goals came in the first 1:36 of the third period. Mason Mannek added an empty-net goal with 1:17 remaining.

By winning at Kamloops for the second time in three days, Portland improved to 3-2-0-1 (7 points).

Ryan Hughes scored his first goal of the season, and Blichfeld also converted on a major penalty in the first period for Portland.

Zane Franklin scored twice as Kamloops rattled off three goals and controlled much of the second period, taking the lead with a five-on-three power-play goal 6.5 seconds from the end.

The Blazers were still on the power play to open the third period, but Blichfeld's breakaway goal turned the momentum back to the Hawks.

Portland was 2 for 6 on the power play, Kamloops 2 for 7 with the shorthanded goal against. The Winterhawks finished with a 30-25 advantage in shots on goal, with Shane Farkas making 22 saves for Portland.

Winners of three in a row, the Winterhawks play at Everett at 7 p.m. Saturday. They return home at 7 p.m. Wednesday to take on Edmonton at Memorial Coliseum.

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