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September 22, 2019 - Western Hockey League (WHL) - Portland Winterhawks News Release

Portland Winterhawks vs. Kamloops Blazers After a dominant 6-1 win on Saturday night at the Moda Center, the Portland Winterhawks look to stay hot offensively against a Blazers team that is playing their third game in three straight nights.

Puck Drop: 5:00 p.m. PT

Venue: Moda Center (Portland, OR)

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The Portland Winterhawks opened the 2019-20 regular season with a six goal performance. 2020 NHL Draft Prospects Cross Hanas (2G-2A), Simon Knak (G-2A) and Clay Hanus (2G) were represented as the three stars of the game last night.

Nine different Winterhawks recorded a point in the home opener and goaltender Joel Hofer stopped 17-of-18 shots in his first win of the season. Neither Hofer nor Isaiah DiLaura has played a game against Kamloops. Meanwhile, Dylan Garand has sparked with a .939 save percentage in two appearances against Portland. The Kamloops Blazers are a team to keep an eye on offensively as they return eight of their top ten scorers from a year ago and added perennial WHL Rookie of the Year candidate Logan Stankoven to their lineup as a 16 year old.

The Kamloops Blazers are ranked fifth (2nd in the WHL) on the CHL Top Ten rankings after going 7-0-0 during preseason play. They are still looking for their first win of the season and are 0-2-0 against the U.S. Division this weekend.

The Portland Winterhawks split the 2018-19 regular season series against Kamloops going 2-2-0-0. They are 10-0-1 against Kamloops at the Moda Center since 2005. This will be the first of four meetings between these two teams, with all four games taking place in the fall.

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