Win streak at 13 as Winterhawks take down Cougars

151
portland winterhawks_small

by Graham Kendrick

February 10, 2014, Prince George (ISN) – The Portland Winterhawks (39-12-2-3) made it 13 straight wins with an 8-4 victory in Prince George Monday against the Cougars (24-27-2-5).

The 13 consecutive wins are two behind the franchise record of 15 set in both the 1979-80 and 1997-98 seasons. The Hawks also had a 14-game streak last season.

Chase De Leo tied a career-high with five points (two goals, three assists), while Taylor Leier had four points (one goal, three assists).

Winterhawks defenseman Garrett Haar opened the scoring 7:25 into the game when his shot from the right faceoff circle beat Cougars netminder Adam Beukeboom for a 1-0 lead. Later in the period with the Hawks on a power play, De Leo collected a rebound and scored his 30th of the season to make it 2-0, which remained the score going into the second.

Prince George got on the board 2:18 into the second on a goal by Zach Pochiro, but the Hawks responded just 30 seconds later with a goal from Oliver Bjorkstrand as they regained the two-goal lead at 3-1.

Midway through the frame, De Leo scored his second power play goal of the game to push the lead to 4-1. The Hawks added to the lead when Paul Bittner banged in a rebound on a power play at the 15:31 mark for a 5-1 advantage. Pochiro scored late in the frame, his second, as Prince George cut it to 5-2 heading into the third.

The Cougars got within two when Brad Morrison scored a power play goal 6:03 into the third to make it 5-3, but the Hawks responded 1:32 later when Taylor Leier scored shorthanded to go back up by three, 6-3. After Prince George’s Marc McNulty scored a power play goal at the 11:24 mark, the Hawks came right back and scored shorthanded just 18 seconds later when Dominic Turgeon scored off a rebound on a two-on-one to make it 7-4. Keegan Iverson scored a late power play goal as the Hawks finished with the 8-4 win.

Portland scored six goals on special teams in the win, four power on the play goal and two shorthanded.

The Hawks and Cougars meet again Wednesday in Prince George at 7 p.m.

Your sports. Your teams. The ISN Daily Digest.

Sign up to the ISN Daily Digest and sit back while we pick the previous day’s best headlines and speed them straight to your inbox every morning.
Email address
First Name*
We abide by all applicable emailing laws including 100% CAN-SPAM/CASL/US CAN-SPAM Act compliance. No spam!