November 11, 2012, Portland, OR – The Portland Winterhawks (16-3-1-0) continued their torrid play with a 3-1 win over the visiting Kamloops Blazers (17-5-0-1) Sunday at Veterans Memorial Coliseum in front of 6,697 fans.
The Winterhawks ran their winning streak to 12 games, the longest active streak in the league and the franchise’s longest since a 15-game streak from Jan. 9 – Feb. 10, 1998. The Hawks now trail the Blazers by just two points in the WHL’s overall standings, with three fewer games played.
The Hawks struck first just 4:07 into the game when Taylor Leier beat Kamloops netminder Taran Kozun for the 1-0 lead. Then at the 14:50 mark with Portland on a power play, Oliver Bjorkstrand took a feed from Brendan Leipsic in the slot, turned and fired it past Kozun for his 10th of the season to give the Hawks a 2-0 lead they took into the second period.
The score remained 2-0 until the 15:11 mark of the second, when Bjorkstrand scored his second power play goal of the night to put the Hawks up 3-0, which remained the score after 40 minutes.
Kamloops got on the board 1:10 into the third when Colin Smith scored to cut the Hawks’ lead to 3-1, but that would be as close as they’d get, as the Hawks shut them down from there to finish with the win.
Mac Carruth’s perfect record remained intact in the win, as he’s now 9-0 on the season. Carruth stopped 24 of 25 Kamloops shots Sunday, while Kozun finished with 33 saves on 36 shots for the Blazers.
With two assists Brendan Leipsic extended his scoring streak to eight games, with goals in all seven games and seven multi-point games, totaling eight goals and 10 assists for 18 points.
Portland was 2-8 on the power play, and a perfect 4-4 on the penalty kill.
The Hawks are back in action Friday night when they take on the Blazers once again, this time in Kamloops.