Giants too strong for Winterhawks
A dominant first period carried the Vancouver Giants to a 3-1 win over the Portland Winterhawks in a Friday Western Hockey League game at Langley Events Center in British Columbia.
Reece Newkirk scored for Portland with 5:18 left in the game to prevent the shutout in a game largely controlled by Vancouver.
The Winterhawks have lost two in a row and are 10-5-0-1 (21 points), second in the U.S. Division. The Giants won their third in a row and are 10-8-1-0 (21 points), first in the B.C. Division.
The same teams play at 6 p.m. Saturday at Moda Center.
All three Vancouver goals came in a dominant first period that saw the Giants outshoot the Winterhawks 21-9. Lukas Svejkovsky put home a rebound after a Portland turnover to open the scoring 2:19 into the game.
Five minutes later Tanner Brown scored his first career goal on a Giants rush, beating Joel Hoffer with a snap shot from the top of the left-wing circle. The third goal was scored by Evan Patrician 15:02 into the contest, another goal scored off the rush.
Hofer finished with 35 saves, his second highest total of the season, and kept Portland in the game in the first period with some big saves that prevented the margin from being greater.
Four power plays gave the Hawks an opportunity in the second period, but the Giants limited Portland's chances — including only one shot from a tight angle during a five-on-three Winterhawks power play for 1:14 early in the second.
Newkirk's fifth goal of the season came on a whip-around shot from the slot. On a rush, a pass from Seth Jarvis was behind Newkirk but he reached behind him and continued his spin while sliding a shot along the ice that beat goalie Trent Miner.
Miner stopped 26 of Portland's 27 shots. Both teams finished 0 for 4 on the power play.
The Winterhawks had won the previous five games against the Giants, including a 4-2 win on Sept. 27 at Vancouver.
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