Winterhawks edge Red Deer
Joachim Blichfeld stayed hot, helping the Portland Winterhawks to a 4-3 Western Hockey League win over the Red Deer Rebels on Friday.
Blichfeld scored his 25th goal of the season 59 seconds into the game and added an assist in front of 4,724 fans at Memorial Coliseum. It was Blichfeld's fourth consecutive game with a goal, and he has 12 points over his last seven games.
Keegan Iverson, who returned from a month-long injury absence on Monday, has scored a goal in each of his games this week.
Ryan Hughes and Jake Gricius also scored goals for Portland, which led 4-2 after two periods.
Portland is 32-23-1-2 for 67 points, good for seventh place in the Western Conference. The Hawks trail sixth-place Tri-City and fifth-place Kelowna by four points.
Red Deer is 23-27-6-3, sixth in the Eastern Conference.
The Winterhawks three times led by two goals. Hughes made the score 2-0 early in the second period by deflecting a Blichfeld shot past goalie Lasse Petersen for his 24th goal of the season. At 12:24 of the second period, Iverson made it 3-1 with an unassisted goal, his 16th of the season. And at 14:37 of the second, Gricius scored his seventh goal of the season to make it 4-2.
Red Deer scored on two of six power plays to stay close, including a power-play tally by Jared Freadrich with 5:48 left to bring the Rebels within a goal.
Winterhawks goalie Cole Kehler made 30 saves in the win. The Winterhawks outshot the Rebels, 44-33.
Portland next faces rival Seattle on back-to-back nights. Saturday's game is 6 p.m. in Kent and is televised on CW 32 (3). On Sunday, Seattle and Portland play at 5 p.m. at Memorial Coliseum.