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Winterhawks set road win record

PRINCE GEORGE, British Columbia — The Portland Winterhawks hit the 50-win mark and set a franchise record for road victories on Friday, as they defeated the Prince George Cougars 6-2.

Portland is 50-9-1-2, with 25 road triumphs and six away games remaining before the Western Hockey League playoffs. The Hawks lead the WHL with 103 points.

Ty Rattie had two goals and an assist to lead the Winterhawks, who will meet host Prince George at 7 p.m. Saturday.

The Cougars are 18-35-2-6 (44) points, and are three points behind Everett, which sits eighth in the Western Conference (eight teams make the postseason).

Portland leads the West's No. 2 team, Kelowna, by 13 points, and each team has 10 games left in the regular season.

Edmonton leads the Eastern Conference with 91 points and also has 10 games to go.

Portland led Friday's game 3-0 game after one period. Nic Petan opened the scoring with a power-play goal at 5:43, Troy Rutkowski scored on another power play at 12:45 and Taylor Leier scored at 18:53.

After a goal by Prince George midway through the second period, the Hawks scored three unanswered goals, with Rattie's two sandwiched by Seth Jones.

Prince George's final goal came at 13:11 of the third period.

Portland outshot the Cougars 43-26, and Brendan Burke picked up the win before the announced crowd of 1,773.

Through Friday, the top four scorers in the WHL are Leipsic (107 points), Petan (104), Colin Smith of Kamloops (95) and Rattie (91). Petan and Leipsic are 1-2 in goals with 43 and 42, respectively.

Jones ranks third in scoring among WHL rookies with 47 points, one behind Prince Albert's Leon Draisaitl, who trails only Oliver Bjorkstrand of Portland. Bjorkstrand has 56 points and a rookie-high 27 goals.