Winterhawks win fifth in a row
Joachim Blichfeld scored two goals and Cody Glass had three assists on Sunday, leading the Portland Winterhawks to a 4-2 Western Hockey League win over the Kelowna Rockets in front of 4,096 fans at Memorial Coliseum.
Their fifth consecutive victory improves Portland to 12-6-0-1 (25 points). Kelowna fell to 8-12-0-0 (16).
Mason Mannek opened the scoring 15:10 into the first period with an assist from Cross Hanas.
At the end of a dominant shift, Glass set up Blichfeld at 5:55 of the second period to make the score 2-0.
Kyle Crosbie's power-play goal at 9:46 of the second got the Rockets on the board, and Kelowna went back on the power play moments later.
But Glass picked up a puck in the neutral zone, and Reece Newkirk finished a shorthanded two-on-one to restore Portland's two-goal lead at 11:08 of the second period.
Mark Liwiski's first goal of the season pulled Kelowna to within 3-2 entering the third period.
Blichfeld scored the only goal of the final frame, his 17th goal of the season, off a feed that Glass delivered from below the goal line. The goal came 8:12 into the period.
Winterhawks goalie Shane Farkas stopped 29 of the 31 shots he faced as Portland beat Kelowna for the second time in as many nights. The Hawks outshot the Rockets, 41-31.
Portland's next two games are against U.S. Division leading Everett, which is three points ahead of the Winterhawks. Portland visits Everett on Wednesday, then plays host to the Silvertips at 7 p.m. Friday at Memorial Coliseum.