Jaydon Dureau scored 1:22 into overtime to give the Portland Winterhawks a 2-1 win over the Kelowna Rockets in Western Hockey League action on Saturday in British Columbia.
Dureau's 12th goal of the season came on a two-on-one rush with Seth Jarvis feeding Dureau in front.
Jake Gricius put Portland ahead with a power play goal just 1:06 into the game, and that lead stood until Alex Swetlikoff deflected a point shot past Portland's Shane Farkas with 5:05 left in the third period.
The Winterhawks are 38-18-3-3 for 82 points and remain 10 points behind first-place Everett in the U.S. Division. The Silvertips beat Seattle 1-0 in overtime on Saturday and have essentially wrapped up the division title with six games remaining.
Kelowna is third in the B.C. Division at 26-30-5-1 for 58 points.
After both teams limited shots in regulation, the three-on-three overtime was a track meet. Inside the first 30 seconds, Kelowna goalie Roman Basran made two stops on Joachim Blichfeld and a circus save to deny John Ludvig. At the other end, Farkas, who finished with 28 saves, stood tall on a pair on one-on-one chances for the Rockets before Dureau ended it.
Kelowna outshot Portland 29-26. The Hawks were 1 for 4 on the power play, the Rockets 0 for 2.
The same teams play at 5 p.m. Sunday at Kelowna.
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