Winterhawks pummel Ice
The Portland Winterhawks capped their biggest offensive weekend in recent memory on Sunday, beating the Kootenay Ice 10-2 in Western Hockey League play as 5,069 fans watched at Moda Center.
The 10 goals are a season high, and the Winterhawks scored 18 goals over two games.
Cody Glass (two goals, three assists) and Jared Freadrich (five assists) each had a five-point game, and Joachim Blichfeld posted his second hat trick of the season and added one assist as Portland pummeled the bottom team from the Central Division
Portland beat Spokane 8-2 on Saturday. Portland had a dozen players contribute points in each of the weekend games.
Portland is 16-10-0-2 for 34 points and is second in the U.S. Division.
Kootenay is 7-20-3-1, last in the Central.
Lane Gillis scored twice, including a shot from the seat of his pants for the game's 10th goal, his third of the weekend and fifth of the season.
Michal Kvasnica had a goal and assist, and Jaydon Dureau and Reece Newkirk also scored goals on Sunday.
Blichfeld opened the scoring 28 seconds in, and Portland led 3-0 after one period and 6-2 after two. Blichfeld has 25 goals and 28 assists this season.
Glass, who set up Blichfeld's third goal with a nifty move on a power play midway through the second period, is up to 11 goals and 40 assists for 51 points in 24 games played.
The Winterhawks scored on four of six power plays. Kootenay was 1 for 5, with highly-ranked draft prospect Payton Krebs converting seconds into a second-period power play for the Ice's second goal.
Portland outshot Kootenay 46-26, and Winterhawks goalie Shane Farkas made 24 saves.
For the Ice, starting goalie Duncan McGovern gave up five goals on 18 shots and played almost half of the game. Jesse Makaj faced 28 shots and was scored on five times.
The Winterhawks remain at home this week for games against Prince George on Friday at Moda Center and Saturday at Memorial Coliseum. Prince George is fourth in the B.C. Division.