Blichfeld leads Winterhawks to win
Joachim Blichfeld posted his second hat trick in as many days on Monday afternoon and the Portland Winterhawks beat the top team in the Western Conference, topping the Vancouver Giants 5-3.
Blichfeld scored the first three goals of the game, pushing his Western Hockey League lead to 51 goals. Seth Jarvis and Reece Newkirk added third-period goals to keep Portland up multiple goals.
The Winterhawks (36-16-3-3, 78 points) remained five points back of first-place Everett, which won Monday to regain the top spot in the U.S. Division and the conference. Vancouver (39-14-2-1, 81) remained atop the B.C. Division.
Blichfeld scored twice in the first period as Portland took a 2-0 lead and he reached 50 goals on the season.
The first goal came on the power play 12:05 into the game, with Josh Paterson getting the assist with a pass across the crease to an open Blichfeld for the one-timer. The second goal came at 14:54 as Lane Gilliss won a puck at the defensive blue line then won a battle on the boards before passing to John Ludvig, who found Blichfeld skating in on the right wing.
Blichfeld made it 3-0 one minute into the second period, scoring from the slot off a feed from behind the net by Josh Paterson, the sixth Blichfeld goal in a row for Portland over Sunday and Monday.
Dallas Hines scored to pull Vancouver within 3-1 at 7:37 of the second period.
Jarvis scored his 15th of the season at 2:23 of the third to make it 4-1, and Newkirk's 21st of the season at 6:09 of the third made it 5-2.
Blichfeld matched his goal total with his 51st assist on the Jarvis goal, giving him 102 points in 58 games.
Justin Sourdif and Davis Kockh scored third-period goals for the Giants.
Shane Farkas made 28 saves for the win in goal.
Vancouver's David Tendeck made 21 saves.
Portland went 2 for 5 on the power play and Vancouver went 1 for 4.
Cody Glass was rested after playing back-to-back night in the weekend wins over Red Deer and Seattle.
Next for the Winterhawks is a Friday game at Tri-City.