(ISN) – The Portland Winterhawks (25-19-0-3) defeated the Prince George Cougars (20-24-1-1) by a score of 8-2 Saturday.
The Hawks opened the scoring at the 10:25 mark of the first period when Paul Bittner fed a pass across the ice to Oliver Bjorkstrand, who fired home a one-timer for a 1-0 lead. The Hawks struck again with 1:36 left in the period when Miles Koules wired it past Cougars netminder Ty Edmonds to give the Hawks a 2-0 lead going into the second.
Hawks’ defenseman Brendan De Jong made it 3-0 at the 16:37 mark of the second when Nic Petan found him in the slot for his first career WHL goal.
It remained 3-0 until the Hawks exploded in third period for three goals in the first 3:16 of play. The first of the three goals came just 38 seconds into the third, when Bjorkstrand beat Edmonds for his second of the night. They added to the lead at the 1:48 mark when Skyler McKenzie put it into the net to make it 5-0 in favor of the Hawks.
Prince George then made a goaltending change, replacing starter Ty Edmonds with Patrick Gora. Keoni Texeira flipped a backdoor pass top shelf at the 3:16 mark of the third to give Portland a 6-0 lead, but Prince George answered with a goal at the 9:12 mark when Brad Morrison fired home a shot to make it 6-1.
The Cougars struck once more on the power play when Jansen Harkins completed a give-and-go to bring the score to 6-2. Layne Viveiros got one more goal for the Hawks on the power play, while Alex Schoenborn added another 4-on-4 to extend the Hawks’ lead to 8-2, which would remain the final.
Hill earned the win in net with 38 saves on 40 shots.
The Hawks will be back in action Friday when they host the Spokane Chiefs at the Moda Center at 7 p.m. in the La Rog Ladies Night.