Winterhawks' firepower sinks Americans
The Portland Winterhawks scored 61 seconds into the game and never trailed as they topped the Tri-City Americans 8-2 Friday night at Moda Center.
Before a crowd of 7,182, Seth Jarvis got two goals and three assists for the Hawks, now 5-0-0-0 against the Ams this season and on a six-game win streak.
Portland led 3-0 late in the first period, 5-1 after the opening 20 minutes and 6-1 late in the second in what was the first of five consecutive games against Western Hockey League U.S. Division foes.
The Winterhawks raised their record — best in the WHL — to 34-6-2-3 (73 points).
Tri-City fell to 14-24-4-1 (33), and is 0-11-1-0 in its last 12 road games.
The Americans also have lost five games in a row.
Reece Newkirk opened the scoring with a power-play goal, and Jarvis scored at 5:57 to make the score 2-0. Simon Knak was next to score; his power-play goal at 8:06 pushed the lead to 3-0.
Tri-City's Krystof Hrabik scored at 8:23, but the Hawks got two more goals before the end of the opening frame. Jack O'Brien found the back of the net 15 seconds after Hrabik's goal, and Jaydon Dureau scored at 16:16.
In the second period, Nick Cicek scored at 4:09 to make the score 6-1.
Tri-City's Blake Stevenson scored at 8:50, and Jarvis got it back at 11:38.
In the third period, Jake Gricius scored shorthanded for Portland at 10:57 for an 8-2 advantage.
Dureau matched Jarvis' five-point total by notching four assists.
The Winterhawks, who are 27-1-1-0 when leading after 20 minutes, went 2 of 5 on the power play. Tri-City was 0 for 2 with the man advantage.
Portland goalie Joel Hofer made 11 saves in playing the first two periods. Dante Giannuzzi took over for the final rame and made six saves.
Mason Dunsford and Ronin Geraghty of the Americans stopped combined to stop 56 shots, with Potland firing 48 shots total in the first two periods.
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