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FRIDAY WHL RECAP/Portland goalie has another strong outing in 3-1 win over Americans at Moda Center

Shane Farkas made 32 saves on Friday to beat the Tri-City Americans for the second time in six days as the Portland Winterhawks won 3-1 in front of 7,714 fans at Moda Center.

The win moved Portland (33-18-1-3, 70 points) eight points ahead of Tri-City (27-18-7-1) in the Western Hockey League U.S. Division.

The Winterhawks trail division-leading Everett by two points and are seven ahead of third-place Spokane, which moved ahead of Tri-City by beating Everett in overtime on Friday.

Dennis Cholowski and Joachim Blichfeld scored 1:09 apart in the second period to erase a 1-0 deficit.

Kieffer Bellows added a late breakaway goal as Portland won its sixth consecutive home game.

For Chowlowski, who wristed a shot through traffic and over the shoulder of Tri-City goalie Patrick Dea, it was his first goal in his 15th game with the Winterhawks. He has 14 goals this season.

Blichfeld's game-winner was scored from the high slot after Ryan Hughes skated around and slipped a pass to the open Blichfeld to make it 2-1 4:33 into the second period.

The score stayed there until Bellows' breakaway finish with 3:16 left. Cody Glass got his stick on a Tri-City centering attempt, and Henri Jokiharju pushed a pass ahead to Bellows. Bellows skated in on Dea and lifted a back-hand shot over the goalie.

Tri-City led 1-0 at the end of the first period on a Jordan Topping shot 29 seconds from the end of the frame.

Portland out-shot Tri-City, 37-33.

The Winterhawks were 0 for 2 on the power play and killed off the only Americans power play, which came at the start of the third period.

The game included a fight between Portland's Mason Mannek and Tri-City's Paycen Bjorklund in the second period. At the final horn, a series of altercations led to penalties to all six Americans on the ice and three Winterhawks, most of them for roughing or fighting.

The Winterhawks will face Seattle at 6 p.m. Saturday at Kent, Washington, then play host to the Thunderbirds at 5 p.m. Sunday at Memorial Coliseum.

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