Winterhawks beat Cougars
Five Portland players scored on Friday as the Winterhawks beat the Prince George Cougars 5-2 in Western Hockey League action in front of 5,183 fans at Moda Center.
Portland, second behind Everett in the U.S. Division, improved to 17-10-0-2 (36 points). Prince George, fifth in the B.C. Division, is 11-15-1-2 (25).
Most of the scoring came in special team circumstances. Portland was 2 for 2 on the power play and scored a five-on-three shorthanded goal. Both Prince George goals came on the power play (2 for 8).
Jake Gricius had three assists, including on a game-defining shorthanded tally midway through the second period.
Gricius set up Cody Glass for a shorthanded goal to make the score 4-1 during a period of more than 100 seconds of a two-man advantage for Prince George. Glass' goal was his 12th of the season and the fourth goal in Winterhawks history when Portland was skating three-on-five.
Portland's two power-play goals came 1:59 apart in the first period. Joachim Blichfeld opened the scoring with his 26th goal of the season and Seth Jarvis tallied his fifth goal as the Hawks led 2-0 after 20 minutes.
Robbie Fromm-Delorme scored his second career goal off a Gricius assist to make the score 3-0 early in the second period.
Josh Maser got the Cougars on the board at 8:54 of the second period. And, when Blichfeld and Brendan De Jong were penalized 13 seconds apart, Prince George had an opening.
The Glass goal restored momentum for Portland at 11:06 of the second period. Defenseman John Ludvig scored his second goal of the season 17:34 into the second period to make it a 5-1 lead.
The only goal of the third period was scored by Prince George's Vladislav Mikhalchuk with less than two minutes left.
Portland had only five shots on goal in the third period but finished with a 35-24 advantage. Winterhawks goalie Shane Farkas made 22 saves.
The same two teams battle at 6 p.m. Saturday at Memorial Coliseum.