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WEDNESDAY WHL RECAP/Clay Hanus scores overtime winner as Portland overcomes two-goal deficit for road victory

Defenseman Clay Hanus scored 2:36 into overtime to lift the Portland Winterhawks to a 5-4 win over the Prince George Cougars in a Wednesday Western Hockey League game at the CN Centre in Prince George, British Columbia.

Portland overcame a two-goal, third-period deficit, then bounced back in overtime after Prince George tied the game 4-4 with less than a minute left in the third period.

The win improves the Winterhawks to 18-6-1-2 (39 points). Portland remains atop the U.S. Division. The Cougars fall to 6-18-1-2 (15 points).

The winning goal was the sixth of the season for Hanus, who was the third skater entering the zone on a rush. Robbie Fromm-Delorme delivered a pass from the right wing to Hanus, whose quick shot from the left-wing circle won it.

Fromm-Delorme and Johny Ludvig each had a goal and two assists for Portland and Seth Jarvis and Reece Newkirk also scored.

Prince George twice built two-goal leads by cashing in on Portland turnovers, including a 3-1 advantage on a goal form former Winterhawk Ilijah Colina 3:35 into the third period.

Jarvis scored his 12th of the season, a power-play goal on a quick shot from the right side of the slot at 7:55 of the third period. Ludvig tied the score 13:31 into the third period, making a nice move to skate into the right-wing circle and score his 10th of the season.

Just over a minute later, Newkirk gave Portland a 4-3 lead with a power-play goal. He held the puck in the left circle while two Cougars skaters slid past him then ripped home a shot from the slot.

The Cougars got the game to overtime with 56 seconds left. Vladislav Mikhalchuk put home a rebound from a pad save by Portland goalie Joel Hofer after the Hawks twice iced the puck with Prince George skating six on five.

Special teams were critical. Portland was 3 for 4 on power plays, while limiting Prince George to 1 for 6 with the manpower advantage.

The Cougars got a strong game from goalie Taylor Gauthier, who made 31 saves. Portland's Hofer finished with 26 saves.

Prince George controlled the first half of the game and led 2-0 midway through the second period on goals from Josh Maser on a first-period power play and from Nikita Krivokrasov midway through the second period.

Fromm-Delorme put home a rebound after a Lane Gilliss shot hit the post on the power play at 12:41 of the second period. His second goal of the season pulled Portland within 2-1 and breathed life into the visiting Hawks.

The Winterhawks and Cougars travel to Portland to conclude a string of four games in six days, playing at 6 p.m. Saturday and 7 p.m. Sunday at Veterans Memorial Coliseum. Saturday's game is the popular teddy bear toss promotion.

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