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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