Winterhawks crunch Moose Jaw
Reece Newkirk's first Western Hockey League hat trick came against his hometown team on Sunday as the Portland Winterhawks blasted the Moose Jaw Warriors 11-2 at Veterans Memorial Coliseum.
The win was the second in a three-game weekend for Portland, improving the league-leading Hawks to 39-8-3-4 (85 points). Moose Jaw is 12-32-4-0, last in the East Division. The Winterhawks beat all six East Division teams in regulation this season.
One night after a 4-1 loss at Everett, Portland restored its nine-point lead on the second-place Silvertips in the U.S. Division with a dominating performance.
Newkirk's three goals all came on the power play and came consecutively to turn an early 1-1 tie into a 4-1 Hawks lead by 1:52 into the second period.
Seth Jarvis continued his stellar play with a goal and four primary assists to climb to third in the WHL this season with 81 points.
Mason Mannek had his first two-goal game of the season, reaching 10 goals. Tyson Kozak also scored his 10th of the season and along with defenseman Jonas Brondberg each had a goal and two assists. Defenseman Johnny Ludvig the secondary assist on four consecutive goals.
Defenseman Nick Cicek's fourth goal of the season opened the scoring 2:26 into the game, with Simon Knak getting the primary assist and goalie Dante Giannuzzi the second assist.
Cross Hanas scored his 18th of the season and Kishaun Gerais his sixth.
Giannuzzi made 18 saves and improved to 6-0-0-0 in the net for Portland, which outshot Moose Jaw 57-20
The 11 goals were the most for the Hawks since an 11-2 win over Seattle on Feb. 18, 2012. Portland went 4 for 5 on the power play. Moose Jaw was 1 for 3.
Another three-game weekend is ahead for Portland, which plays host to Seattle on Friday at the coliseum, plays at Seattle on Saturday then plays host to Everett on Feb. 23 at the coliseum.
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