SATURDAY WHL RECAP/Defenseman Brendan De Jong scores the winner as Portland beats the Vancouver Giants, 2-1

Brendan De Jong scored 1:16 into overtime on Saturday to lift the Portland Winterhawks to a 2-1 Western Hockey League win over the Vancouver Giants at Langley, British Columbia.

De Jong carried the puck with speed up the left wing and got to the front of the goal. His first attempt was stopped by Giants goalie Trent Miner but De Jong was able to lift the rebound into the roof of the net.

The second win in as many nights over the Giants improves the Winterhawks to 7-3-0-1 for 15 points, which leads the U.S. Division.

Vancouver is 9-2-2-0 for 20 points to lead the B.C. Division.

Reece Newkirk scored his eighth of the season 13:08 into the game to put the Winterhawks up 1-0. Jaydon Dureau and Seth Jarvis had assists.

Yannik Valenti scored his first goal to tie it 7:11 into the second period when he found a loose rebound in the slot.

Portland outshot Vancouver 33-19, but was 0 for 5 on the power play in part because of a strong game in goal for Miner.

Portland goalie Shane Farkas made 18 saves, including a one-on-one stop in overtime to deny Vancouver's Bowen Byram.

Newkirk had an assist on De Jong's overtime winner.

Next for the Winterhawks is a Friday game at Spokane, followed by home games next Saturday and Sunday against Kamloops.

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