Winterhawks wallop Regina
The Portland Winterhawks made quick work of their Tuesday game against the Regina Pats to earn their 30th win of the Western Hockey League season.
Portland roared to a 5-0 lead and beat Regina 9-4 in front of 2,387 fans at Veterans Memorial Coliseum.
The Winterhawks are a WHL best 30-6-2-3 (67 points). They are 12 points in front of second-place Everett in the U.S. Division. It was their 17th win in 20 home games and the 16th game in a row they've earned at least a point.
The nine goals were a season-high for Portland and followed a six-goal game on Saturday at Victoria.
Fourteen Winterhawks contributed points.
The Pats, a rebuilding team missing six players to injury, are 13-23-3-2 (31 points) and sit 10th among 12 teams in the Eastern Conference.
Cross Hanas scored twice and had an assist. Also scoring for Portland were Robbie Fromm-Delorme, Lane Gilliss, Reece Newkirk, James Stefan, Johnny Ludvig, Gabe Klassen and Kishaun Gervais.
Fromm-Delorme opened the scoring on a nice play 36 seconds into the game.
Ludvig, Gervais, Hanas and Gilliss scored to make it 5-0 late in the opening period.
Regina's Carson Denomie scored the first of his two goals on an odd-man rush to make it 5-1 after one period.
Regina twice pulled within three during the second period, but goals from Klassen, Hanas and Newkirk made it 8-3 through two periods. Stefan scored Portland's ninth goal midway through the third period.
Portland was 1 for 4 on the power play and outshot Regina 38-37. Joel Hoffer made 33 saves for the win. The Pats were 1 for 3 on the power play.
The Winterhawks visit Spokane at 7 p.m. Friday then are home against Kelowna at 6 p.m. Saturday and 5 p.m. Sunday at Veterans Memorial Coliseum.
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