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SUNDAY WHL RECAP/Three Portland players score two goals in 8-0 thumping of visiting Blades

The Portland Winterhawks had a eight players contribute at least two points in a 8-0 rout of the Saskatoon Blades in Western Hockey League play Sunday at Memorial Coliseum.

The Winterhawks improve to 15-5-1-2 (33 points), tied with Everett atop the U.S. Division. The Blades are 12-12-1-1 (26 points), third in the East Division.

Gabe Klassen, Jonas Brondberg and Cross Hanas scored two goals apiece. Mason Mannek had a goal and three assists and Jack O'Brien had a goal and assist in the one-sided game.

It was the largest margin of victory this season for Portland, which improved to 10-1-1-0 at home.

Joel Hofer stopped 22 shots to earn his sixth WHL shutout, and his second this season.

Tyson Kozak, Kishaun Gervais and Simon Knack each had two assists. A total of 11 Winterhawks contributed points, most of them not among the team's top scorers this season.

Goals from Brondberg and Klassen had Portland ahead 2-0 five minutes into the game. Goals less than two minutes apart late in the period from Mannek and Klassen made it 4-0.

Cross Hanas scored twice in a three-goal second period for Portland, including a sharp angle shot on the power play for his eighth goal of the season.

Brondberg scored the only goal of the third period, the fourth goal of the season for the rookie defenseman from Denmark.

For the second game in as many nights, a Portland opponent was limited to a season-low four shots on goal in the second period.

The Winterhawks were 1 for 5 on the power play, with young players seeing power-play time once the score was one sided. Portland killed off all five Saskatoon power plays, including a short period of five-on-three late in the third period.

The Winterhawks play their next four games on the road. They are in Kamloops for games on Friday and Saturday, then play midweek games at Prince George Dec. 3-4.

Their next home game is the popular teddy bear toss promotion on Dec. 7 against Prince George.

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