FRIDAY WHL RECAP/Blichfeld gets one goal, Newkirk two in Portland's 3-0 victory on home ice against Vancouver

Shane Farkas stopped all 24 shots he faced as the Portland Winterhawks notched their fifth shutout of the Western Hockey League season and beat the Vancouver Giants 3-0.

The Hawks got one goal in the second period and two in the third before a crowd of 4,731 at Memorial Coliseum.

Portland, which took 29 shots, gained the lead when Joachim Blichfeld scored his WHL-leading 43rd goal of the season at 8:48 of the middle frame.

At 4:42 of the third period, Reece Newkirk scored his 19th goal, finishing a give-and-go with Blichfeld after intercepting the puck in the Portland end.

Newkirk added another goal into an empty net with 44 seconds left, becoming the third Hawk (along with Blichfeld and Jake Gricius) to reach 20 goals this season.

Gricius had two assists.

Portland was 0 for 2 on the power play. Vancouver had only one power play.

The Winterhawks allowed the B.C. Division leaders only 13 shots on goal in the first 40 minutes.

Portland improved to 3-0 against the Giants.

The Hawks, bouncing back from their 7-2 loss at Spokane on Wednesday, raised their record to 31-14-3-2 (67 points).

Vancouver is 32-13-2-1 (67).

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