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30 Oct 2014
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Big night for Winterhawks' Bjorkstrand and Co.
The Portland Winterhawks' line of Oliver Bjorkstrand, Chase De Leo and Taylor Leier combined for six goals and 10 assists in an 8-3 home win over the Spokane Chiefs on Monday.
All three players had career highs in points before the Memorial Coliseum matinee crowd announced as 6,055.
Bjorkstrand had four goals and one assist, De Leo had five assists and Leier had two goals and four assists.
Leier's six-point game was the first by a Portland player since Dec. 1, 2002, when Chad Wolkowski did it. Leier scored twice in the opening five minutes to give the Hawks a 2-0 start.
Portland's third goal, at 14:28 of the first period, came from Shaun MacPherson.
Paul Bittner scored the Winterhawks' and the game's final goal at 16:35 of the third period.
Mac Carruth made 28 saves to pick up the win.
Bjorkstrand lifted his season goal count to 27, tops among WHL rookies by five. He also leads first-year WHL players in points with 53, seven ahead of two other rookies.
Portland raised its Western Hockey League-leading record to 48-9-1-2, while Spokane fell to 34-24-2-0.
The Winterhawks have 99 points with 12 regular-season games remaining. Kelowna, which is second to Portland in the WHL Western Conference, has 88 points in 61 games. Eastern Conference leader Edmonton has 91 points in 60 games.
The Hawks' next outing is 7 p.m. Wednesday at Kamloops, which is third in the West with 85 points in 60 games.