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SATURDAY WHL RECAP/Blazers bombard Portland with 46 shots, beat visiting Hawks 4-1

Four players scored for the Kamloops Blazers as they ended the Portland Winterhawks winning streak at five with a 4-1 Western Hockey League victory at Sandman Centre in Kamloops, British Columbia.

Reece Newkirk scored a late power-play goal for Portland, which falls to 16-6-1-2 (35 points).

Connor Zary scored his 19th goal of the season on a two-man advantage to open the scoring midway through the first period. Orrin Centazzo made it 2-0 Blazers late in the first peirod.

Former Winterhawk Ryan Huges made it 3-0 in the second period with a power-play goal. Daylan Kuefler made it 4-0 Kamloops in the third with his first WHL goal.

Newkirk's seventh goal of the season with 2:14 left in the game to prevent the shutout.

Joel Hofer faced a season-high 46 shots and made 42 saves in the loss. He faced 40 shots through the first two periods.

Portland and Kamloops split the four games between the teams in the regular season.

The Winterhawks play their next four games against the Prince George Cougars. They head to Prince George for games Tuesday and Wednesday before the two teams come to Portland for games at 6 p.m. next Saturday and 5 p.m. Dec. 8 at Memorial Coliseum.

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