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Winterhawks get 13th straight win

by: TRIBUNE FILE PHOTO: JONATHAN HOUSE - Chase De Leo led the Portland Winterhawks with five points as they won at Prince Georege 8-4 on Monday.Portland Winterhawks 8, PRINCE GEORGE COUGARS 4

Monday afternoon, CN Centre, Prince George, British Columbia, 1,827 announced attendance

HIGHLIGHTS

Portland took a 2-0 lead in the opening 13:26 and never looked back in winning its 13th game in a row.

WHAT IT MEANS

The Winterhawks took a five-point lead over second-place Seattle in the Western Hockey League U.S. Division. The Thunderbirds lost 7-3 at Kelowna in another Monday matinee.

TOP PERFORMERS

• Chase De Leo tied his career high with five points (two goals, three assists). De Leo has 31 goals this season.

• Taylor Leier had one goal (his 28th of the season) and three assists.

KEY STATS

• It didn't take the Winterhawks long to answer three of the Cougars' four goals. Portland scored 30 seconds after Prince George's first goal, 1:32 after the home team's third goal and 18 seconds after the final PG goal.

• The Hawks got off 50 shots. Prince George had 32.

• Six of Portland's goals came on special teams (four power plays, two shorthanded).

NOTES

• The franchise record for consecutive victories is 15, set in 1979-80 and matched in 1997-98. Portland won 14 in a row last season.

• Brendan Burke made 28 saves to collect the win.

• Other Hawk goal scorers: Garrett Haar, Oliver Bjorkstrand, Paul Bittner (19th), Dominic Turgeon (7th) and Keegan Iverson (16th). Haar opened the scoring at 7:25 of the first period.

WHL WESTERN CONFERENCE

STANDINGS

Kelowna 44-8-0-4 (92) (B.C. Division leader)

Portland 39-12-2-3 (83) (U.S. Division leader)

Victoria 38-16-1-3 (80)

Seattle 35-17-2-3 (75)

Spokane 32-19-3-2 (69)

Vancouver 27-22-6-3 (63)

Everett 27-21-7-1 (62)

Tri-City 27-24-2-3 (59)

Prince George 24-27-2-5 (55)

Kamloops 11-41-2-3 (27)

NEXT

The Winterhawks play again at Prince George, 7 p.m. Wednesday (KPAM 860 AM).