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SATURDAY WHL RECAP/Portland dominant in first home game in nearly a month, wins 4-1 over Wheat Kings

The Portland Winterhawks had a happy homecoming on Saturday, beating the Brandon wheat Kings 4-1 in Western Hockey League action in front of 5,437 fans at Memorial Coliseum.

Seth Jarvis had a goal and assist and Simon Knak, Tyson Kozak and Lane Gilliss also scored for the Hawks.

Portland is 6-3-0-1 (13 points), second place in the U.S. Division. Brandon is 4-7-0-0 (8 points), fifth in the East Division.

Playing a home game for the first time since Sept. 22, the Hawks wasted no time taking play to the Wheat Kings.

Jarvis opened the scoring 1:49 into the game, getting open in the slot off the rush to fire home a Jaydon Dureau feed.

Knak made it 2-0 from right in front off of a cross-crease feed from Reece Newkirik 17:53 into the first periodJarvis sent the puck to Newkirk from behind the net and Newkirk quickly fed the open Knak.

Kozak put home his third of the season 11:01 into the second period and Portland took a 3-0 lead into the third period.

A power-play goal off of a deflection 1:19 into the third period pulled Brandon within two goals.

But Gilliss deflected a point shot by Matthew Quigley for his third goal of the season, a power-play goal at 13:27 of the third period to restore the three-goal lead for Portland.

The Winterhawks outshot the Wheat Kings 42-23, including 14-2 in the third period. Each team was 1 for 5 on the power play.

Portland goalie Joel Hofer made 22 saves and improved to 6-2-0-1.

Next for the Winterhawks is a 7 p.m. Wednesday game against Prince Albert at Memorial Coliseum.

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