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Hot Leipsic keeps team, personal streaks going, as Hawks win 7-5


The hottest player in the Western Hockey League, Portland's Brendan Leipsic, lifted the Winterhawks to a 7-5 win Tuesday night at home over Everett.

Leipsic had four goals as the Hawks improved to 3-0 since coming under WHL sanctions for player benefit violations last week.

The 18-year-old forward from Winnipeg was the WHL player of the month for November.

Portland, which has the WHL's best record (23-4-1-0) overcame a 4-1 second-period deficit before 3,704 at Memorial Coliseum.

It was the 12th consecutive home win for the Winterhawks, who also have won seven straight overall.

Everett fell to 11-19-0-2.

Leipsic scored three goals in a row to tie the score at 4-4 going into the third period.

After the Silvertips regained the lead, Leipsic struck on a power play to even the count at 5-5 at the 16:09 mark.

Portland's Troy Rutkowski scored 40 seconds later, and Taylor Leier got his second goal of the game at 18:07 to gave the Hawks a two-goal cushion.

Leipsic extended his point streak to 16 games; he has 17 goals and 22 assists for 39 points during the streak.

It was the second four-goal game of the season by a Winterhawk. Ty Rattie scored four goals at Swift Current on Oct. 13.

Portland rookie defenseman Seth Jones had three assists, extending his point streak to six games (one goal and eight assists in the stretch).

The Hawks' next game is 7 p.m. Friday at the Rose Garden against Tri-City.