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Petan scores twice as Winterhawks whip Royals 6-2

Nicolas Petan scored two goals, and four other Portland Winterhawks had one goal apiece on Friday night in a sometimes testy, penalty-laden 6-2 victory at home over the Victoria Royals.

It was the Hawks' seventh consecutive win.

The teams will play again at the Rose Garden at 7 p.m. Saturday.

In Friday's meeting, Victoria scored first, connecting on a power play 3:34 into the game.

Portland scored three times before the first period was over, though, to seize a 3-1 lead and control of the game.

Portland outscored the Royals 3-1 in the second period to lead 6-2.

Brendan Leipsic, Ty Rattie and Petan tallied in the opening frame for the home team, which drew an announced crowd of 7,132. Rattie's goal was his 10th of the 2012-13 season, and he has scored in nine consecutive games, getting 21 points in that span. Leipsic has seven goals this season.

Taylor Peters put Portland ahead 4-1. After a Royals score on another power play, Taylor Leier scored for the Hawks, and then Petan got his eighth goal of the season.

Petan's goals came at 19:43 of the first period and 19:09 of the second period.

Petan also had an assist on Leipsic's goal.

Rattie had two assists, and defenseman Tyler Wotherspoon collected three assists.

Goalie Brendan Burke made 27 saves for the Hawks, who outshot the Royals 47-29.

The Hawks were 0 of 5 on power plays, while killing 5 of 7 short-handed situations.

Portland improved to 11-3-1-0, with 23 points, good for a one-point lead over Spokane and a three-point edge on Tri-City in the Western Hockey League U.S. Division.

Victoria fell to 9-7-0-0, 18 points, sixth in the West.