Win streak hits 11 for Portland

SPOKANE, Wash. — With nine goals, the Portland Winterhawks had no trouble making it 11 straight.

Eight Hawks had at least one goal Saturday night as the visitors beat the Spokane Chiefs 9-1 for their 11th consecutive Western Hockey League victory.

The last time Portland won 11 in a row was in early 1998, when the club ran off 15 in a row.

Portland returns home to play fellow WHL division leader Kamloops at 5 p.m. Sunday at the Rose Garden. Kamloops (17-4-0-1) leads the B.C. Division, while the Winterhawks are atop the U.S. Division.

Portland improved to 15-3-1-0 with its latest triumph, while Spokane, in the U.S. Division race, fell to 14-7-0-0.

The Hawks scored twice in a 19-second span of the first quarter to lead 2-0, and never trailed.

Spokane cut the gap in half at 10:47, but Portland led 4-1 after one period and 7-1 through two periods.

It was the second night in a row with nine goals by the Winterhawks, who won 9-5 Friday at Vancouver.

Portland has scored at leat four goals in every game during its 11-game streak, five five or more in each of the last 10 games.

Mac Carruth picked up the win in goal, making 43 saves.

Brendan Leipsic got Portland's first goal, and Oliver Bjorkstrand made the score 2-0. Taylor Peters and Keegan Iverson later scored, in that order, in the opening frame.

Joe Mahon got his first WHL goal to push Portland to a 5-1 advantage. Then it was Chase De Leo and Taylor Leier scoring in the second period, followed by Seth Jones and Bjorkstrand tallying in the third period.

Ty Rattie and Adam De Champlain had two assists apiece.

Portland killed all seven penalties and went 2 for 5 o the power play, with the man-advantage goals by De Leo and Jones.

The Winterhawks trailed in shots 44-36.

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