VICTORIA ROYALS 3, Portland Winterhawks 2 (shootout)
Friday night, Memorial Centre, 4,937 announced attendance
In a shootout, the Victoria Royals topped the Hawks by a 3-2 count for the third time in three meetings this season.
WHAT IT MEANS
The Winterhawks did gain a point, leaving them with a three-point lead over Spokane and Everett and a four-point edge on Seattle in the Western Hockey League U.S. Division.
Nic Petan, in his second game since returning from the world juniors in Sweden, scored Portland's first goal and added an assist.
Petan's goal came on a power play at 8:48 of the first period and gave Portland a 1-0 lead.
Corbin Boes, acquired Friday in a trade with Lethbridge, made his Winterhawk debut in goal and stopped 31 shots.
In order, Brendan Leipsic, Oliver Bjorkstrand and Petan missed in the shootout, while Jack Walker scored on Victoria's second attempt.
Leipsic put Portland in front 2-1 on a power play at 16:51 of the second period.
Petan has 21 goals and Leipsic 22 this season.
Defenseman Derrick Pouliot, also back from the world juniors, earned two assists.
Victoria's tying goals came at 14:50 of the first period and 6:42 of the third period, the latter on a power play.
The Hawks played without defenseman Mathew Dumba, their new acquisition from the NHL Minnesota Wild. He is recovering at home in Calgary from a virus, Portland coach/general manager Mike Johnston says.
Portland led 40-34 in shots, and Victoria goaltender Coleman Vollrath was named No. 1 star of the game.
Vollrath (11-4-0-1) has won all three games in the Portland series. He leads the WHL in goals-against average (1.98).
WHL WESTERN CONFERENCE
Kelowna 34-5-0-2 (70) (B.C. Division leader)
Portland 26-12-2-3 (57) (U.S. Division leader)
Victoria 28-14-0-2 (60)
Spokane 26-13-0-2 (54)
Everett 24-13-5-1 (54)
Seattle 24-14-2-3 (53)
Vancouver 22-15-5-2 (51)
Tri-City 19-20-2-2 (42)
Prince George 16-23-2-4 (38)
Kamloops 10-29-2-2 (24)
The Winterhawks' three-game weekend in British Columbia continues with the second game against Victoria, 7 p.m. Saturday. The trip concludes with a match against Vancouver at 5 p.m. Sunday. (KPAM 860 AM).