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Staff report: Dureau nets winner, hat trick; Portland earns 1-1 split at Victoria

The Portland Winterhawks returned the favor Saturday night at Victoria, British Columbia.

Twenty-four hours after falling 2-1 in overtime to the Victoria Royals, the Hawks beat them 6-5 in OT on a goal by Jaydon Dureau, who posted his first Western Hockey League hat trick.

Dureau also had an assist, and Portland also got four points from Seth Jarvis, who had three assists and a goal.

The decisive goal came 75 seconds into overtime on an odd-man rush, and it gave Dureau seven goals in his last six games as well as his first WHL four-point outing.

Jake Gricius had a goal and two assists for the Winterhawks, who improved to 29-6-2-3 this season (63 points) and lead the U.S. Division by eight points over second-place Everett and own the best mark in the Western Conference.

The Hawks are three points behind Eastern-leading Edmonton, which has played four more games.

Victoria fell to 23-13-3-0 (49) despite two-goal nights from Keanu Derungs and Kaid Oliver and after leading 1-0, 2-1, 4-3 and 5-4.

Jarvis' goal at 16:28 of the third period, on a power play, tied the score at 5-5.

In the extra session, Jarvis and Reece Newkirk assisted on the winner, with Newkirk extending his points streak to 16 games in the process.

It was the second game back for Portland goalie Joel Hofer, who starred for Canada as it won the World Juniors tournament. Hofer stopped 26 of 31 shots.

Victoria netminder Adam Evanoff made 40 saves in going the distance before a crowd of 5,478 at Save-On-Foods Memorial Arena.

Victoria got the opening goal two minutes into the game on a power play. Dureau scored at 5:14 of the first frame. Derungs connected at 10:08, and the Royals led 2-1 going into the second period.

The wild middle stanza had five goals, three by Portland, with Dureau scoring at 3:26, Gricius giving the Hawks a 3-2 lead at 6:55 and Jack O'Brien making it a 4-4 game with a strike at 14:33.

In the third period, Oliver scored at 2:46 for Victoria's 5-4 lead.

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