Win Streak Reaches Nine as Winterhawks Down Spokane 6-0 Friday
The Portland Winterhawks (35-12-2-3) won their ninth straight game with a 6-0 victory over the Spokane Chiefs (31-16-2-2) Friday at the Moda Center in front of 9,646 fans.
Brendan Burke earned the shutout, his second of the season, stopping all 32 shots he faced.
Portland opened the scoring 10:18 into the game on a power play when Keegan Iverson flipped the puck past Spokane netminder Eric Williams for a 1-0 lead.
The Hawks made it 2-0 early in the second when Nic Petan, stationed behind the Spokane net, found Paul Bittner coming down into the slot, and Bittner beat Williams for the two-goal advantage.
Portland struck again at the 11:36 mark on a power play when Oliver Bjorkstrand scored on a shot from the right faceoff circle for a 3-0 lead. Bjorkstrand scored his second of the period at the 15:12 mark after a great tap pass from Derrick Pouliot as Portland extended it to 4-0 heading into the third.
The Chiefs made a goaltending change to open the third, with Garret Hughson taking over for Williams. Midway through the frame Nic Petan slid a cross-ice pass to Brendan Leipsic, who buried it for a 5-0 Portland lead. Adam de Champlain rounded out the scoring on a tip-in with 13 seconds to go to make it a 6-0 final.
Five different Hawks registered two points, while the team went 3-6 on the power play and 2-2 on the penalty kill.
The Hawks are back in action tomorrow when they host the Seattle Thunderbirds at Veterans Memorial Coliseum.
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