by: COURTESY OF CHRIS RELKE/VANCOUVER GIANTS - Portland Winterhawks forward Dominic Turgeon (right) looks for an opening from close range against Vancouver during Saturday's road game.Portland Winterhawks 7, VANCOUVER GIANTS 4

Saturday night, Pacific Coliseum, 6,577 announced attendance


Portland set a franchise record with a 16th consecutive victory, snapping a mark set in 1979-80 and matched in 1997-98.

The Hawks broke out of a 0-0 tie at 2:19 of the second period and went on to outscore the Giants 5-0 in the frame.

Nic Petan's 32nd goal of the season, on a power play and 34 seconds into the thir period, gave Portland a 6-0 bulge.


The Winterhawks stayed in front of second-place Seattle by 10 points in the Western Hockey League U.S. Division, but they trail Western Conference leader Kelowna by seven points with 13 games remaining in the regular season.


• Seven players scored a goal for the hot Hawks. Paul Bittner's 20th goal of the year proved to be the game-winner. Derrick Pouliot (his 15th goal of the season), Brendan Leipsic (33rd), Keoni Texeira (2nd), Alex Schoenborn (16th), Petan and Dominic Turgeon (10th) also found the net for the Winterhawks.

• Oliver Bjorkstrand had three assists. Schoenborn and Turgeon each had two assists.


• Vancouver got only two power-play goals in seven attempts, both in the final six minutes, when the outcome was all but decided.

by: COURTESY OF CHRIS RELKE/VANCOUVER GIANTS - Winterhawks goaltender Corbin Boes makes one of his 30 saves Saturday night at Vancouver's Pacific Coliseum, as Portland wins 7-4 to set a franchise record of 16 consecutive victories.NOTES

• Corbin Boes continued to work the net for Portland, with No. 1 goaltender Brendan Burke ill. Boes made 30 saves for his seventh win since joining Portland in midseason.

• The Hawks haven't lost since Jan. 10.



Kelowna 46-8-0-4 (96) (B.C. Division leader)

Portland 42-12-2-3 (89) (U.S. Division leader)

Victoria 40-16-1-3 (84)

Seattle 37-17-2-3 (79)

Spokane 32-20-3-2 (69)

Vancouver 27-23-7-3 (64)

Everett 28-22-7-1 (64)

Tri-City 27-25-3-3 (60)

Prince George 24-29-3-5 (56)

Kamloops 11-42-2-3 (27)


The Winterhawks return home for the next three games. First up is Prince George at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Memorial Coliseum (KPAM 860 AM).

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