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FRIDAY WHL HOCKEY: After losing four-goal lead, Giannuzzi, Dureau earn shootout win for Portland.

Dante Giannuzzi stopped all three Kelowna shooters and the Portland Winterhawks emerged with a 6-5 shootout win over the Rockets on Friday, Nov. 19, in a Western Hockey League game at Veterans Memorial Coliseum.

The 1,000th home-ice win in Winterhawks franchise history appeared to be inevitable when Portland built a four-goal lead in the second period. But Kelowna scored once late in the second period and three times in the third to tie the score at 5-5. The Rockets thought they won it late in overtime when the referee signaled a Kelowna goal, but a video review showed the puck went off the cross bar.

Jaydon Dureau opened the shootout with a nifty move to a back-hand finish for the only goal of the tie-breaker. Among Giannuzzi's three shootout saves was an acrobatic stop on the second Rocket shooter, Mark Liwiski.

Cross Hanas had a goal and two assists in his 150th career game for Portland. Kyle Chyzowski had a goal and assist for Portland. Dureau, Tyson Kozak and Aidan Litke scored for the Hawks.

Portland scored three goals on eight shots in the second period and led 5-1 with 6:12 left in the period.

But Colby Knight stopped all 18 shots he saw after taking over for Talyn Boyko in goal for Kelowna.

Giannuzzi finished with 34 saves.

Both teams converted one power play.

Portland is 6-9-1-1 (14 points), Kelowna is 8-3-0-2 (18 points), with both shootout losses to the Winterhawks.

The same teams are back at the VMC at 6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 20.


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