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Cederholm's OT goal lifts Winterhawks

Portland Winterhawks 3, TRI-CITY AMERICANS 2 (OT)

Friday night, Toyota Center, Kennewick, Wash., 4,815 announced attendance

HIGHLIGHTS

• Swedish defenseman Anton Cederholm's goal 56 seconds into overtime gave the Winterhawks a winning start after their 10-day holiday break.CEDERHOLM

WHAT IT MEANS

• Portland doubled its Western Hockey League U.S. Division lead, which is now four points over both Seattle and Everett, with Spokane only six points out of first place and Tri-City bringing up the rear. Seattle is 9-1 in its last 10 outings and won 3-2 at Everett on Friday.

B.C. Division leader Kelowna remains on a tear and is eight points better than the Winterhawks in two fewer games played. The Rockets won their 13th game in a row Friday, beating Kamloops 7-1 at Kelowna.

TOP PERFORMERS

• Brendan Burke made 19 saves to get the win. His season record is 21-7-2-2.

• Oliver Bjorkstrand, returning from a world juniors stint with Denmark, put Portland ahead 1-0 with a power-play goal at 3:21 of the second period.

• Defenseman Garrett Haar gave the Winterhawks a 2-2 tie midway through the third period.

NOTES

• Cederholm, a fifth-round NHL draft pick in 2013 by the Vancouver Canucks, had scored only one other goal in this, his WHL rookie season.

• Dominic Turgeon and Layne Viveiros assisted on the game-winner.

• Portland continued to play without forwards Nic Petan and Taylor Leier and D-man Derrick Pouliot, all with Canada at the world juniors championship at Malmo, Sweden through the first week of January. Also sidelined for Portland: forward Brendan Leipsic, serving a league suspension.

• Bjorkstrand is fourth in WHL scoring with 57 points (26 goals, 31 assists). Petan is second with 20-46-66. Spokane's Mitch Holmberg tops the chart with 37-38-75, and Everett's Joshua Winquist is third at 26-33-59. Three players are tied for fifth with 51 points.

KEY STAT

• Portland held Tri-City to 21 shots, while taking 30.

WHL WESTERN CONFERENCE

STANDINGS

Kelowna 29-3-0-2 (60) (B.C. Division leader)

Portland 24-8-2-2 (52) (U.S. Division leader)

Victoria 24-13-0-2 (50)

Seattle 22-10-1-3 (48)

Everett 22-11-4-0 (48)

Spokane 22-12-0-2 (46)

Vancouver 17-13-5-2 (41)

Tri-City 17-16-2-2 (38)

Prince George 14-19-2-3 (33)

Kamloops 9-24-2-2 (22)

NEXT

The Winterhawks play host to Tri-City at 7 p.m. Saturday at Memorial Coliseum (KPAM 860 AM).