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Staff report: Goalie Dante Giannuzzi records his first WHL shutout as Portland blasts Kelowna 7-0 on Saturday

Dante Giannuzzi recorded his first Western Hockey League shutout on Saturday as the Portland Winterhawks dominated the Kelowna Rockets in a 7-0 win at Veterans Memorial Coliseum.

A 17-year-old WHL rookie, Giannuzzi faced only 17 shots to record the shutout as the Winterhawks dominated to the tune of a 57-17 shots-on-goal advantage. A couple of pucks had to be swept away as they trickled towards the goal, with Matthew Quigley clearing one that bounced behind Giannuzzi and the goalie recovering to sweep one that got behind him off the goal line.

Seth Jarvis had two goals and one assist and Reece Newkirk a goal and two assists to lead the Portland scoring.

Jarvis and Jack O'Brien scored first-period goals. Clay Hanus and Newkirk scored goals midway through the second period.

The Winterhawks scored three goals in a 97-second span of the third period, with Jake Gricius, Tyson Kozak and Jarvis finding the net. Kozak's goal came from a Simon Knak shot that deflected off of Kozak's skate.

Portland improved to 32-6-2-3 (69 points) and remains atop the U.S. Division with the WHL's best record.

Kelowna, which has been dealing with injuries, fell to 21-19-1-2 (45 points). The Rockets are third in the U.S. Division.

The same teams play at 5 p.m. Sunday at the coliseum.

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