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TUESDAY WHL RECAP/Warriors top Hawks 6-4 at Memorial Coliseum as Portland loses second game in a row

zzzThe Moose Jaw Warriors handed the Portland Winterhawks their third loss of the Western Hockey League season on Tuesday.

Answering every Portland push, Moose Jaw won 6-4 as 2,618 watched at Memorial Coliseum.

The Hawks fell to 9-3 on the season. The Warriors improved to 10-3.

Portland goalie Cole Kehler suffered his first loss of the season after seven wins. It ended a 15-game regular-season win streak for Kehler dating to last February.

Kieffer Bellows had two goals and one assist to pace the Portland attack.

Brett Howden had two goals and one assist for Moose Jaw. Jayden Halbgewachs scored an empty-net goal and had three assists for the visitors.

Trailing 4-2 after two periods, the Winterhawks twice pulled within one goal in the third period.

Alex Overhardt scored a power-play goal 2:40 into the third period. But 16 seconds later the margin was two again as Luka Burzan scored his first goal of the season after skating free into the low slot to accept a pass from Brayden Burke.

Bellows' second goal of the night and ninth of the season pulled Portland within 5-4 with 3:35 left in the game, but Halbgewachs found the empty net with 50 seconds remaining.

The second period proved decisive as the Warriors put three past Kehler.

Jett Woo put the Warriors on top 2-1 with a power-play goal 3:46 into the second period. With a scramble going on inside the crease the puck popped loose to the right of the net and Woo poked it home.

Bellows tied it 2-2 at 10:11 of the second period. His quick wrist shot from bad angle beat Moose Jaw goalie Brody Willms.

Howden put Moose Jaw back in front at 13:45 of the second by lifting a close-range shot over Cole Kehler. Tanner Jeannot scored on a breakaway at 17:50 of the second to make the score 4-2.

Each team scored once in the first period.

The Warriors took a 1-0 lead with a four-on-four goal from Howden on an odd-man rush.

McKenzie tied it with Portland on the first of two five-on-three power plays in the first period. Bellows made a nifty pass across the top of the crease to the McKenzie who hit an open net for his 12th goal of the season. McKenzie also had two assists in the game.

The Winterhawks are off until Sunday, when they play host to Everett at 5 p.m. at the coliseum — where they are 3-2 so far this season.

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