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Staff report: Jarvis nets two goals while Hofer and defense deny Rockets' attack

The Portland Winterhawks completed a four-game season sweep of Kelowna for the first time in eight years, winning 4-2 Saturday night at Kelowna.

Seth Jarvis had two goals, Johnny Ludvig posted two assists and Joel Hofer made 36 saves for the Hawks.

Portland blanked Kelowna on its six power plays to finish 14 for 14 on penalty kills against the Rockets this season. Four of the PKs came in the second half of the opening period, when Hofer made 17 stops.

The opening goal didn't come until the second period, with Cross Hanas scoring at 1:36. Jarvis made it a 2-0 game at 5:12 of the frame before 5,020 fans at Prospera Place in British Columbia.

Kyle Topping scored for Kelowna at 11:25, but the Winterhawks opened up a 3-1 advantage on Jarvis' goal at 12:46.

Reece Newkirk scored into an empy net at 17:57 of the third period.

Topping tallied the final goal of the night with 44 seconds remaining.

The Winterhawks, who took 36 shots but were 0 for 4 on power plays, improved to 37-7-3-4 (81 points). They lead the Western Hockey League U.S. Division by nine points over Everett. Portland is two points ahead of Edmonton (35-8-6-3, 79) for the best record in the WHL.

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