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Hawks turn it on for 19th straight win


PORTLAND WINTERHAWKS 6, Prince Albert Raiders 3

Saturday night, Memorial Coliseum, 9,059 announced attendance


Another mission accomplished for the Hawks, who had to rally but collected their 19th consecutive victory, extending their franchise record.


• Portland gained ground on Kelowna, the Western Hockey League Western Conference leader, as the Rockets lost surprisingly 2-1 at Prince George. Portland and Kelowna are five points apart, with 10 games left in the regular season for the Winterhawks and 11 to go for the Rockets.

• Since the Hawks' last loss (3-2 at Victoria on Jan. 10), they have outscored 19 opponents 111-41. They have won 14 times by three goals or more, four times by two goals and once by one goal.


• Chase De Leo had two goals and two assists, including Portland's first goal, which cut the Hawks' deficit to 2-1 with 2:02 remaining in the first period.

• Nic Petan added to his point streak, now 15 games, with a tying goal at 6:46 of the second period.

• Defenseman Mathew Dumba put the Hawks ahead for good with a goal, his third of the season, on a power play at 9:12 of the second period. It came in a run of five Portland markers that gave the home club a 5-2 lead after two frames.

• Oliver Bjorkstrand's point streak is at 13 games after he got a goal and two assists.


Shots were heavily in Portland's favor — 48-26.


• Petan leads the WHL in scoring with 105 points (34 goals, a league-high 71 assists) in 53 games. Spokane's Mitch Holmberg is second with 103 points (54 goals, 49 assists) in 62 games. Bjorkstrand is third with 95 points (42-53) in 59 games. Kootenay's Sam Reinhart is fourth with 90 (32-58) in 50 games. Leipsic is No. 10 with 79 points (34-45) in 49 games.



Kelowna 48-9-0-4 (100) (B.C. Division leader)

Portland 45-12-2-3 (95) (U.S. Division leader)

Victoria 43-17-1-3 (90)

Seattle 37-19-2-4 (80)

Spokane 35-21-3-3 (76)

Vancouver 30-24-7-3 (70)

Everett 30-23-7-1 (68)

Tri-City 27-28-3-4 (61)

Prince George 26-31-3-5 (60)

Kamloops 13-44-2-3 (31)


The Winterhawks are at Everett, 4 p.m. Sunday (KPAM 860 AM).