Winterhawks top Winnipeg
The Portland Winterhawks struck early in each period on Sunday and beat the Winnipeg Ice 4-1 in Western Hockey League action in front of 3,102 at Memorial Coliseum.
Rookie Kishaun Gervais got things going just 1:51 into the game, giving a lift to a Portland team playing its third game in three nights. Jake Gricius then scored from the high slot 40 seconds into the second period and added a power-play goal that put Portland up 3-0 1:17 into the third period.
Reece Newkirk had two assists and the clinching empty-net goal with five seconds left in the game.
Goalie Joel Hofer was big again for the Winterhawks, stopping 33 of 34 shots. Hofer had no chance on the Winnipeg goal, scored with 4:33 left in the game by Michal Teply. Teply had the whole left side of the net to shoot at on a feed from behind the net delivered by Peyton Krebs.
Krebs, 19, was the Vegas Golden Knights' first-round pick (No. 17) in last summer's NHL Draft. Sunday was the first game this season for the Ice star, who was rehabilitating in Las Vegas after June surgery to repair a partially torn Achilles tendon.
The win, coming after disappointing losses to Spokane in overtime on Friday and to Seattle in a shootout on Saturday, gave Portland four points from its three-game weekend. The Winterhawks are 12-5-1-2 (27 points), two points back of U.S. Division leading Everett.
Winnipeg is 11-9-1-0 (23 points), third in the East Division. Sunday's game was the second of a five-game swing through the U.S. Division for the Ice, which beat Everett in overtime on Saturday.
Gervais scored his second WHL goal 1:51 into the game, lifting a rebound over goalie Jesse Makaj from the doorstep.
Newkirk had an assist on each Gricius goal, winning a forecheck battle to set up the second-period goal.
The third-period goal came on a power play, with a nice pass from Jaydon Dureau finding Gricius at the back door for an easy finish.
Portland's penalty kill was 6 for 6 and the Hawks were 1 for 2 on the power play.
The Winterhawks remain without forwards Seth Jarvis, Simon Knak and Robbie Fromm-Delorme with injuries. None of the injuries is long-term. Associate head coach Kyle Gustafson said the time table for players returning is week to week.
Sunday's game was the first of four over eight days at the coliseum. Vancouver visits at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Everett at 6 p.m. Saturday and Saskatoon at 5 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 24.
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