Farkas, Royals halt Winterhawks' win streak
Former Winterhawks goalie Shane Farkas made 42 saves and Brayden Tracey scored the game-winner in overtime as the Victoria Royals beat the visiting Portland Winterhawks 2-1 on Friday in Western Hockey League action.
In his first game with Victoria after a trade from Moose Jaw, Tracey — an Anaheim Ducks first-round pick — scored from the right-wing boards after Portland goalie Joel Hofer was knocked into his net by Victoria's Mitch Prowse. Officials ruled that Portland's Reece Newkirk knocked Prowse into Hofer, so the goal counted.
The controversial game-winning goal put an end to a six-game winning streak for Portland. The Winterhawks are 28-6-2-3 (61 points) and lead the U.S. Division.
The Royals improved to 23-13-2-0 (48 points) and are second in the B.C. Division.
Hofer, in his first game back with Portland after winning a gold medal with Canada at the World Juniors Championships, finished with 29 saves.
Newkirk gave Portland a 1-0 lead with a goal 15:43 into the first period and six seconds into the first of four Hawks power plays.
Both goalies came up with big stops throughout the game and the Winterhawks lead held up until Keanu Derungs skated from behind the net and put his own close-range rebound through Hofer with 6:02 left in the third period.
Farkas played his first three seasons in the WHL with Portland. Last season he made 50 starts and won 30 regular-season games for the Hawks. But after Portland acquired Hofer a year ago, Farkas was traded to Victoria in the offseason.
The Hawks and Royals meet again Saturday at 7 p.m. at Save-On-Foods Memorial Arena in Victoria, British Columbia.
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