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TUESDAY WHL RECAP/Early lead vanishes as Portland falls 7-4 in first of two games at Victoria

The Victoria Royals scored five goals in a row on their way to a 7-4 Western Hockey League win over the Portland Winterhawks on Tuesday at Save-On-Foods Memorial Arena in Victoria, British Columbia.

Portland took a quick 2-0 lead, but Victoria built a 3-2 lead by the end of the first period and added two goals early in the second period.

Rookie Cross Hanas scored twice for the Winterhawks and now has five goals this season.

Joachim Blichfeld scored his 27th goal of the season, and Mason Mannek got his eighth.

Tarun Fizer scored three goals and Dante Hannoun had two goals and two assists to lead the Royals.

It was the first of a series of games for Portland without team captain Cody Glass, who is at the Team Canada training camp ahead of the World Juniors Championships. That tournament is Dec. 26 through Jan. 5 in Victoria and Vancouver, B.C.

Portland is 18-11-0-2 (38 points) and remains second in the U.S. Division. Victoria is 14-12-1-0 (39), third in the B.C. Division.

Shane Farkas took the loss in goal, stopping 27 of 34 shots before giving way to rookie Dante Giannuzzi five minutes into the third period.

Victoria goalie Griffen Outhouse had a strong game with 35 saves on 39 Portland shots.

The Winterhawks had their share of scoring chances throughout the game but couldn't match the Royals' output.

Victoria scored several goals off deflections or on shots through traffic, including a centering attempt from behind the goal by Hannoun that deflected off of the stick of Portland defenseman Jared Freadrich and off of a Farkas pad. That goal made the score 4-2 early in the second period. Fizur scored 40 seconds later with a shot from the point through traffic.

Both teams were 0 for 4 on the power play.

Goals from Hanas at 4:04 of the first period and from Blichfeld at 10:51 got Portland a 2-0 lead. But Fizer scored 27 seconds later to begin Victoria's run of five consecutive goals.

The same teams play again at 7 p.m. Wednesday in Victoria.

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