by Graham Kendrick
January 19, 2014, Portland (ISN) – The Portland Winterhawks (30-12-2-3) picked up a 5-0 shutout win over the visiting Spokane Chiefs (27-15-2-2) Sunday at Veterans Memorial Coliseum in front of 7,728 fans.
Brendan Burke turned away all 25 shots he faced for the Hawks’ first shutout of the season, and the fifth of his career.
The Hawks opened the scoring with just 41.5 seconds to go in the first period when Brendan Leipsic beat Spokane netminder Garret Hughson to give Portland a 1-0 lead going into the second.
Chase De Leo extended the lead 7:06 into the second when he got in behind the Spokane defense and scored his 27th of the season to make it 2-0. It became a 3-0 advantage at the 10:49 mark when Derrick Pouliot slid a pass to Keegan Iverson on a two-on-one, with Iverson firing it past Hughson. Later in the period during four-on-four play, Leipsic carried the puck through traffic, and scored from the left faceoff circle for a 4-0 lead the Hawks took into the third period.
Portland made it 5-0 with a power play goal at the 4:24 mark of the third when Oliver Bjorkstrand’s shot from the slot found the back of the net, which would stand as the final.
Leipsic finished with three points in the win, while Pouliot and Matt Dumba each had two.
Today’s game was a Burgerville Daylight Classic, with the Coliseum’s curtains open to allow daylight into the arena bowl.
The Hawks are back in action tomorrow night when they host the Vancouver Giants at 7 p.m. in the Moda Center.