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Winterhawks move on, will host round 2 this weekend

EVERETT, Wash. — It took longer than many expected, but the Portland Winterhawks have moved on to the second round of the Western Hockey Leaguer playoffs.

Portland beat Everett 5-1 Monday night to win the first-round series 4-2.

The Hawks will open a seven-game series this weekend against either Seattle or Spokane. Seattle will be the opponent if the Thunderbirds can hold on and eliminate the Kelowna Rockets. Seattle leads that first-round series 3-2 going into a Tuesday game at Seattle (Game 7 would be Wednesday at Kelowna). If Kelowna, which trailed 3-0 in the series, takes the next two games, the Hawks would play Spokane in the second round. Spokane ousted Tri-City 4-1.

In either case, Portland would play host to Games 1 and 2 at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Game 1 would be at Memorial Coliseum, and Game 2 would be at the Rose Garden.

Portland, the WHL's No. 1-ranked team in the regular season, trailed 1-0 early in Game 6 at Comcast Arena, but scored twice later in the first period and then never were headed before the announced crowd of 1,977.

Seth Jones' first WHL playoff goal tied the score at 7:16, and Oliver Bjorkstrand gave the Winterhawks a 2-1 lead with a rebound goal at 14:58.

Portland outshot the Silvertips 20-4 in the second period and took a 3-1 lead on Bjorkstrand's power-play goal at 15:14.

Jones scored on a power play at 18:43 to make the score 4-1.

The Hawks allowed Everett only one shot in the final period, and got one more goal on 15 shots, as Taylor Leier scored at 3:47.

Bjorkstrand also had two assists in the series clincher.

Mac Carruth earned the win with 12 saves, as the penalty kill went 3 for 3.

Portland led in shots 52-13.