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Tyson Kozak scores twice for Portland in a 5-3 Friday Western Hockey League win at Tri-City.

Tyson Kozak scored two goals, including the game-winner on Friday, Jan. 21, as the Portland Winterhawks beat the Tri-City Americans 5-3 in Western Hockey League action at Kennewick, Washington.

Kozak's winner came 6:24 into the third period, his 17th goal of the season breaking a 3-3 tie. With the Winterhawks on a power play, Clay Hanus kept the puck along the left wall, skated below the left-wing circle and fed an open Kozak in the low slot.

Marcus Nguyen clinched the win with an empty-net goal with 30 seconds remaining.

Defenseman Ryan McCleary and forward Cross Hanas also scored as Portland improved to 20-11-3-2 (45 points).

Tri-City is 11-19-4-0 (26 points).

Portland is 12-1-0-1 over its last 14 games and has earned points in 19 of 21. Friday's win might be costly, though, as several Winterhawks suffered injuries. In a span of 35 seconds late in the game, Dawson Pasternak needed help off the ice after a collision with teammate Jack O'Brien. Seconds later, Jaydon Dureau, who had two assists in the game, left with an apparent upper-body injury.

Hanus and James Stefan also had two assists for Portland.

Goalie Dante Giannuzzi stopped 27 of 30 shots as Portland outshot Tri-City 48-30.

The Winterhawks were 1 for 5 on the power play, the Americans 0 for 3.

Portland returns home to face Seattle at 6 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 22, at Veterans Memorial Coliseum, a game slated to be televised on KRCW.


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