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FRIDAY WHL RECAP/Portland wins 2-1 at Kamloops on Seth Jarvis' shootout goal after tense 1-1 battle

Seth Jarvis scored a shootout goal to lift the Portland Winterhawks to a 2-1 victory Friday in Western Hockey League action at Kamloops, British Columbia.

Portland goalie Joel Hofer denied all three shootout attempts for the Blazers after the teams battled to a 1-1 tie after five minutes of overtime.

Kade Nolan scored for the Winterhawks in the first period. Connor Zary scored a shorthanded goal for the Blazers in the second.

Portland improved to 16-5-1-2 (35 points). The Winterhawks are tied on points with Everett for first place in the U.S. Division. Kamloops leads the B.C. Division at 16-9-0-1 (33 points).

Nolan's second goal of the season came late in the period on a shot from near the blue line with Lane Gilliss creating a screen in front of goalie Dylan Garland.

Zary scored the tying goal on a two-on-one shorthanded rush with Portland on a four-minute power play late in the second period.

Hofer finished with 34 saves, not counting his three shootout stops. Kamloops' Zane Franklin was denied twice by Hofer in overtime.

Portland's best chances in overtime came when Jake Gricius got in close. Garland, who made 33 saves, stopped Gricius and then somehow denied a rebound chance for Jarvis while the goalie was sprawled on his stomach.

Jarvis, Portland's second shooter, made his shootout chance count with a wrist shot that beat Garland to the glove side.

Hofer denied Zary, Franklin and former Winterhawk Ryan Hughes in the shootout.

Both teams finished 0 for 4 on the power play, though two of Kamloops man advantage opportunities were brief, including the final eight seconds of overtime.

The Blazers and Winterhawks meet for the fourth and final time in the regular season at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Sandman Centre in Kamloops.

NOTES — Thursday the Winterhawks traded 18-year-old defenseman Nick Perna to Medicine Hat for a fourth-round pick in the 2020 bantam draft.

• Portland defenseman Jonas Brondberg will leave after Saturday's game to jo8n Team Denmark for the 2020 IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship Division 1 Group A Tournament in Belarus. The top team from this tournament will be promoted to play in the 2021 world junior championships. Brondberg is expected to rejoin the Winterhawks on December 27.

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