Portland rallies to win 6-4 at Prince George; Friday game at Kamloops
Portland Winterhawks 6, PRINCE GEORGE COUGARS 4
Wednesday night, CN Centre, Prince George, British Columbia, 1,264 announced attendance
Portland got its 14th consecutive victory, after trailing 2-1 through one period.
WHAT IT MEANS
The Winterhawks have built a 10-point lead over second-place Seattle in the Western Hockey League U.S. Division, with 15 regular-season games remaining for both teams.
Kelowna continues to lead the West, though, by nine points over Portland.
The Hawks have a three-point lead on Victoria, which is second to Kelowna in the West's B.C. Division.
Nic Petan had a goal and two assists, and Keegan Iverson scored two goals. Petan has 30 goals this season, Iverson 18.
Portland held the Cougars to 0 for 5 on power plays.
The Hawks led 13-5 in shots in the second period, which they won 3-1 to take a 4-3 lead.
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.
Corbin Boes got the call in goal for Portland and made 20 saves.
Other Hawk goal scorers: Oliver Bjorkstrand (his 40th of the season), Garrett Haar (7th) and Taylor Leier (29th).
Also with two assists: Chase De Leo and Derrick Pouliot.
Petan took the WHL scoring lead over Spokane's Mitch Holmberg. Petan has 65 assists to go with his 30 goals, for 95 points (in 48 games). Holmberg, who has played in 57 games, has 47 goals and 46 assists for 93 points.
Bjorkstrand is third in the WHL with 84 points on his 40 goals and 44 assists.
The victory clinched a playoff berth for the defending WHL champions.
WHL WESTERN CONFERENCE
Kelowna 45-8-0-4 (94) (B.C. Division leader)
Portland 40-12-2-3 (85) (U.S. Division leader)
Victoria 39-16-1-3 (82)
Seattle 35-17-2-3 (75)
Spokane 32-20-3-2 (69)
Vancouver 27-22-6-3 (63)
Everett 27-21-7-1 (62)
Tri-City 27-24-3-3 (60)
Prince George 24-28-2-5 (55)
Kamloops 11-41-2-3 (27)
The Winterhawks can tie their franchise win-streak record on Friday. They play at Kamloops at 7 p.m. (KPAM 860 AM). On Saturday, Portland is at Vancouver, 7 p.m.