by Graham Kendrick
February 14, 2014 (ISN) – The Portland Winterhawks (41-12-2-3) tied a team record with their 15th straight win by knocking off the Kamloops Blazers (11-42-2-3) 7-4 Friday.
The team’s 15-game winning streak ties a franchise record, previously set in the 1979-80 and 1997-98 seasons. They’ll have a chance to set a new mark tomorrow in Vancouver when they take on the Giants.
Portland exploded out of the gate with a dominant first period, scoring four goals and outshooting Kamloops 24-6 in the frame. They opened the scoring on a power play goal from Nic Petan 7:39 into the game, and followed with another power play goal from Brendan Leipsic at the 10:03 mark.
The Hawks then struck twice late in the period on goals 29 seconds apart from Dominic Turgeon and Alex Schoenborn to extend the advantage to 4-0 going into the second.
Cole Ully got Kamloops on the board 3:47 into the second period, then cut it two a two-goal deficit on a power play goal from Joe Kornelson at the 13:04 mark. Portland went back up by three when Taylor Leier scored the Hawks’ third power play goal of the game at the 14:37 mark to make it 5-2, but the Blazers struck once more when Ully scored on a shorthanded penalty shot late in the period to cut Portland’s lead to 5-3 going into the third.
Midway through the frame Portland ended any hope of a Kamloops comeback when Leier and Dominic Turgeon scored 33 seconds apart to give the Hawks a 7-3 lead. The Blazers got a late goal from Matt Bellerive as the Hawks finished with the 7-4 win.
Leier finished with four points in the win with two goals and two assists. Petan, Turgeon and Leipsic all finished with three points apiece.
Corbin Boes earned the win in net with 23 saves on 27 shots.
Portland finished 4-6 on the power play and 2-3 on the penalty kill.