Hawks pull away late, win 9-5; two big games remain this weekend
VANCOUVER, British Columbia Â The Portland Winterhawks outshot Vancouver 51-20 Friday and won 9-5 on the road, extending their win streak to 10 games.
The nine goals were a season-high for the Hawks, who last won 10 in a row from Oct. 15-Nov. 10, 2010.
Portland plays Saturday at Spokane before a 5 p.m. Sunday clash at Memorial Coliseum with Western Hockey League B.C. Division-leading Kamloops at the Rose Garden.
The Hawks trailed 1-0 early on Friday and were tied 5-5 with the Giants in the third period before scoring five unanswered goals in the final 12:39.
Nic Petan gave Portland a 6-5 lead at 7:21, Paul Bittner scored his first WHL goal at 7:56, Petan struck on a power play at 16:41 for his 10th goal of the season, and Adam De Champlain completed the scoring at 18:40.
De Champlain also had Portland's first goal of the game, evening the score at 1-1 5:49 into the contest before 7,318 at Pacific Coliseum.
Taylor Peters, Brendan Leipsic, Tyler Wotherspoon and Taylor Leier scored for the Winterhawks, as well. Leipsic has had a goal in each of the last six games, with 14 points (seven goals, seven assists) in that span.
Ty Rattie had three assists. Rattie has 12 goals and 14 assists this season.
Portland outshot the Giants 16-5 in the opening frame, 17-11 in the middle stanza and 18-4 in the final period.
Brendan Burke started in goal for Portland but gave way to Mac Carruth for the final 15:28 after allowing five goals on 19 shots.
Portland's lead in the U.S. Division will be on the line Saturday. The Hawks have 29 points (14-3-1-0), and Spokane has 28 (14-6-0-0).
Vancouver fell to 5-13-0-0, 10 points.