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SATURDAY WHL RECAP/Portland wins defensive battle at Everett for fourth victory in a row

Sharp penalty killing led the Portland Winterhawks to their fourth win in a row on Saturday.

Portland killed off all six Everett power plays and beat the host Silvertips, 4-1, at Angel of the Winds Arena.

Defenseman Brendan De Jong had a goal and assist. Joachim Blichfeld had a four-point night and sealed the win with a pair of empty-net goals.

The Winterhawks (4-2-0-1, 9 points) are atop the U.S. Division by one point over Spokane early in the Western Hockey League season.

Portland plays its second home game of the season at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Memorial Coliseum against the Edmonton Oil Kings.

Until Blichfeld's two empty-net goals, all of the scoring Saturday happened in the first period. De Jong opened the scoring 6:58 into the game off a feed from Cody Glass.

Everett (3-3-0-0, 6) tied the game 53 seconds later when Bryce Kindopp converted a shorthanded breakaway.

Seth Jarvis restored a Portland lead with his third goal of the season at 12:40 of the first period. He scored from in close after Blichfeld shot from the post with Portland on the power play.

The score remained 2-1 until Blichfeld scored into the empty net from his own end of the rink with 1:06 left. He added a second empty-net goal with 30 seconds left to bring his total to eight goals this season.

Portland goalie Shane Farkas played a strong game, helping to frustrate the Everett power play on several in-close opportunities with the margin still one goal in the third period. He finished with 27 saves.

The Hawks were 1 of 5 on the power play and outshot Everett, 31-28.

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