November 29, 2013, Spokane (ISN) – The Portland Winterhawks (19-5-2-1) got three goals from Oliver Bjorkstrand and three assists from Paul Bittner and skated to a 6-3 win over the Spokane Chiefs (17-9-0-1) on Friday night in Spokane. It was the fifth straight win for Portland over Spokane this season.
The Hawks would open the scoring less than three minutes into the opening period when Dominic Turgeon put home a rebound of a Paul Bittner shot on the power play. Spokane would tie the game later in the period on a goal by Mitch Holmberg who one-timed a pass from Adam Helewka from the left circle. Less than two minutes later, with each team down a man, Keoni Texeira would set up Bjorkstrand on a two-on-one and he made no mistake, scoring with a wrist shot to the top corner for a 2-1 Hawks lead after one period. Both teams registered 12 shots in the frame.
Brendan Leipsic finished off a feed from Nicolas Petan less than two minutes into the second period to extend the Hawks lead to 3-1. Spokane’s Holmberg would get his second goal of the game on a loose puck in front of the net, but once again the Hawks would extend the lead to two. Keegan Iverson fired home a wrist shot from the slot on the power play halfway through the period. Holmberg would finish off his hat-trick scoring on a power play late in the period. Bittner assisted on both Portland goals in the period and the Hawks led 4-3 after two period. The Hawks out-shot Spokane 10-7 in the second period.
The Hawks once again extended their lead early in the third when Bjorkstrand would score his second goal of the night on a scramble in front of the Spokane net. The goal was the 20th of the season for Bjorkstrand. The Hawks finished out the scoring on an empty net goal by Bjorkstrand to complete his second hat-trick of the season. Portland out-shot Spokane 11-7 in the period and 33-26 for the game.
Brendan Burke picked up his league-best 17th win of the season, stopping 23 of 26 shots. Eric Williams took the loss stopping 27 of 32.
Petan and Chase De Leo each picked up a pair of helpers. Petan leads the WHL with 40 assists on the season.
Portland’s power play finished 3 for 6 on the night while their penalty killed three of four opportunities for Spokane.
Portland will return to action on Sunday night at 5:00 when they host the Saskatoon Blades at the Moda Center.