by Graham Kendrick
February 18, 2014, Portland (ISN) – The Portland Winterhawks (43-12-2-3) extended their franchise record winning streak to 17 Tuesday with a 5-1 win over the visiting Prince George Cougars (25-30-3-5) in front of 4,724 fans at Veterans Memorial Coliseum.
The Hawks’ streak has been going for nearly six weeks, as the team hasn’t lost since a shootout defeat in Victoria on January 10, and haven’t lost in regulation since January 4.
Prince George opened the scoring with a power play goal 6:49 into the game from Todd Fiddler to take a 1-0 lead. The Hawks broke through with 11.9 seconds remaining in the period when Oliver Bjorkstrand scored with a man advantage to even the game at 1-1 going into the second.
It remained tied until just 4.4 seconds remained in the second, when Derrick Pouliot wired a shot past Cougars netminder Ty Edmonds to break the deadlock and make it 2-1 going into the second.
After scoring with 11.9 seconds to go in the first and 4.4 seconds to go in the second, the Hawks waited just 3:27 to score in the third, when Keegan Iverson collected a rebound off the end boards and put it in for a 3-1 lead. Portland struck again at the 6:13 mark on a 5-on-3 power play when Pouliot scored his second of the game on a blast from the point for a 4-1 advantage. Tyson Predinchuk added a goal at the 13:47 mark as Portland ran the lead to 5-1.
Bjorkstrand finished with three points, while Derrick Pouliot and Nic Petan each had two.
Corbin Boes was terrific in net for the Hawks, with 30 saves on 31 shots.
The Hawks were 3-7 on the power play and 5-6 on the penalty kill.
The Hawks return to action Friday when they host the Kamloops Blazers at the Coliseum.