Winterhawks edge Royals
Cody Glass scored a power-play goal with 3:04 remaining on Saturday to lift the Portland Winterhawks to a 3-2 win over the Victoria Royals.
The win in front of 7,006 fans at Save-On-Foods Memorial Arena in Victoria, British Columbia, clinched a Western Hockey League playoff berth for Portland.
The Winterhawks (37-20-1-3, 78 points) remained second in the U.S. Division, three points ahead of third-place Spokane.
Victoria (35-23-3-2, 75 points) remained second in the B.C. Division.
Kieffer Bellows scored two goals for Portland, and Shane Farkas made 21 saves to beat the Royals by one goal for the second night in a row.
Each team scored two power-play goals, with Noah Gregor notching both goals for Victoria.
The game-winner came six seconds into a Portland power play. Henri Jokiharju found Glass open on the weak side, and Royals goalie Griffen Outhouse had no chance.
Each team scored a power-play goal in the first period.
Bellows gave Portland a 1-0 lead 3:50 into the game, finding a puck after it popped into the air and fell to the ice.
Gregor scored late in the first period.
Bellows put Portland back ahead 54 seconds into the second period, whistling a snap shot past Outhouse from near the left-wing faceoff dot.
Victoria's Kade Jensen hit the post with a shot seconds later. Gregor's second goal came from the slot off a feed from Igor Martynov on a shot that it appeared Farkas didn't see.
Portland was 2 for 6 on the power play, Victoria 2 for 4.
The Winterhawks had a 42-23 advantage in shots on goal.
Glass had two assists in addition to his 29th goal of the season, raising his points total to 79 in 53 games this season.
Defenseman Dennis Cholowski had assists on all three Portland goals.
The Winterhawks continue a stretch of mostly road games on Tuesday, when they visit the Tri-City Americans.