Winterhawks Tie Franchise Record With 16th Straight Home Win In 2-1 Victory Over Kelowna

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Graham Kendrick

The Portland Winterhawks (28-12-2-1) tied a franchise record with their 16th consecutive home win in a 2-1 victory over the visiting Kelowna Rockets (17-21-2-3) Friday at the Rose Garden in front of 8,778 fans.

The 16 straight home wins equals the team record, first set during the 1993-94 season.

The Hawks scored the lone goal of the first at the 8:52 mark when Brad Ross collected a pass from Joe Morrow in front of the Kelowna net and put it past netminder Jordon Cooke for his 29th goal of the season and a 1-0 Portland lead.

After a scoreless second period, Kelowna evened the game 34 seconds into the third on a goal by Zach Franko to make it 1-1. The score remained tied through much of the period, until Morrow scored a power play goal at the 14:43 mark on a shot from the point to give the Hawks a 2-1 lead that would stand as the final.

Newcomer Cam Reid had two assists tonight, giving him three points in two games since leaving St. Cloud State University to join the Winterhawks after the team acquired his rights from the Edmonton Oil Kings.

Mac Carruth picked up the win in net for the Hawks, stopping 37 of the 38 Kelowna shots he faced.

Portland was 1-4 on the power play, and a perfect 4-4 on the penalty kill.

The Hawks travel to Seattle to take on the Thunderbirds tomorrow at 7 p.m., then return home to host the Tri-City Americans Monday at the Rose Garden in a special 3 p.m. matinee for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. The Hawks and Americans are the top two teams in the U.S. Division.

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