Winterhawks whip Swift Current
Eight different Winterhawks scored goals and Joel Hofer made 24 saves in his return to Swift Current on Wednesday as Portland beat the Broncos 8-2 in Western Hockey League action at the I-Plex in Swift Current, Saskatchewan.
The Winterhawks scored the final six goals, including four in the third period, to put an emphatic end to a three-game run of losses.
Portland is 4-3-0-0 (8 points), tied with Everett in points atop the U.S. Division. Swift Current is 2-4-0-0.
Reece Newkirk scored his fist goal of the season and had three assists, Johnny Ludvig had a goal and two assists and Kade Nolan scored his first career goal to highlight the big offensive night for the Winterhawks.
Simon Knak opened the scoring with his second goal of the season, a power play goal from the right-wing circle 4:03 into the game.
Swift Current tied it with a power-play goal from Aiden Bulych 61 seconds later.
A nifty move by Seth Jarvis set up his second goal of the season, giving Portland the 2-1 lead midway through the first period.
Ethan O'Rourke tied it for Swift Current with the Broncos on a 5 on 3 power play at 3:34 of the second period.
It was all Portland the rest of the way, with a pair of power-play goals giving the Hawks a 4-2 lead after two periods.
Ludvig put Portland ahead 7:50 into the second, ripping a shot from the high slot for his fourth goal of the season. Ludvig's shot-pass from the blue line was deflected home by Newkirk for the fourth goal.
A night after wilting in the third period in a loss at Medicine Hat, the Hawks dominated the third period in Swift Current. Cross Hanas made a nice move to score his third of the season 1:45 into the third. Nolan, a second-year defenseman from Rouleau, Saskatchewan, scored the first of his career from a scramble in tight 4:23 into the period. That goal came with six Portland skaters because of a delayed Broncos penalty.
Mason Mannek joined the fun with his first of the season at 7:27 of the third and Lane Gilliss capped it at 17:10.
Portland was 3 for 3 on the power play, Swift Current 2 for 5. The Hawks outshot the Broncos 40-26
Hofer, acquired from Swift Current at the trade deadline in January, was solid in his making 24 saves.
A dozen Winterhawks had points in the game. Jaydon Dureau had three assists and rookie James Stefan recorded his first WHL point with an assist on Nolan's first career goal.
The six-game swing through the Central Division continues with games Friday at 6 p.m. at Red Deer and Sunday at 3 p.m. at Edmonton.
Portland's next home game is on Oct. 19 against Brandon.
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