Winterhawks beat Victoria
The Portland Winterhawks rediscovered their scoring touch on Friday and beat the Victoria Royals, 7-3, in a Western Hockey League game watched by 5,867 fans Moda Center.
Portland, which scored only five goals over three games last weekend, had seven players find the net in snapping a three-game losing streak.
Portland is 8-6-0-1 (17 points). Victoria is 9-4-0-0 (18).
The Winterhawks scored the final four goals to pull away from a game tied late in the second period.
Cody Glass had a four-point night with a goal and three assists, and Ryan Hughes and Joachim Blichfeld each scored one timely goal and had an assist.
Portland defensemen Jared Freadrich and Brendan De Jong each scored a power-play goal, and Reece Newkirk and Haydn Delorme also scored for the Hawks.
For Victoria, Kaid Oliver scored twice and D-Jay Jerome had a goal and assist.
The Winterhawks took a 4-3 lead into the third period thanks to Hughes' goal at 15:04 of the second period. Jake Gricius made a pass from the left corner, and Hughes scored from low in the left-wing circle.
The Hughes goal answered two in a row from the Royals as Oliver scored his second of the night and 11th of the season 3:11 into the second and Jerome beat Shane Farkas with a nifty move to finish a breakaway chance at 8:32 of the second to tie the score at 3-3.
Blichfeld gave the Hawks some breathing room with a sling-shot goal from deep on the left wing with 10:05 left, his 11th goal of the season.
Seconds after Portland killed off a Blichfeld penalty, nifty passes by Glass and Hughes allowed the Hawks to escape their own zone and give Blichfeld the opportunity to attack with one Victoria defender back.
Blichfeld waited as if looking for a centering pass opportunity, then flung the tight-angle shot past Victoria goalie Griffen Outhouse.
Glass added to the cushion by scoring his sixth goal of the season from between the circles after intercepting a Victoria giveaway with 4:12 remaining.
Finally, rookie Delorme scored his first WHL goal by tapping the puck into an empty net with 5.6 seconds remaining.
After scoring five goals across three games last weekend, Portland struck three times in the first period on Friday.
Freadrich opened the scoring against his former team with a power-play goal 1:57 into the game. He told a drop pass from Blichfeld and whistled a shot past outhouse for his second goal of the season.
The Royals answered with a power-play goal of their own at 11:10 of the first period, Said Oliver tying the score.
Another power-play goal from a defenseman put Portland back up as De Jong beat Outhouse through a screen with a shot from the left post for his fourth goal of the season at 13:01.
Newkirk was then able to skate to the front of the net and beat Outhouse to make it 3-1 at 16:20 of the first period.
Portland outshot Victoria 27-21. Farkas made 18 saves and Outhouse 21.
The same two teams meet again at 6 p.m. Saturday at Memorial Coliseum.