Skyler McKenzie

The Portland Winterhawks (5-2-0-0) continued their swing through the East Division with a 5-2 win Friday in Moose Jaw over the Warriors (3-1-2-0).

Portland handed the Warriors their first regulation loss of the season while improving to 3-1 on their eight-game road trip.

Moose Jaw scored the first two goals of the game from Brett Howden and Ryan Bowen as they were up 2-0 at the 13:20 mark of the first. From there though, the Winterhawks controlled play through most of the game. Just 29 seconds after Bowen’s goal the Hawks responded when Lane Gilliss took a feed from Evan Weinger and scored the first goal of his WHL career to cut the deficit to 2-1.

Portland tied it at 17:03 on a power play when Ryan Hughes carried the puck along the sideboards, drew several defenders to him and found Skyler McKenzie in the slot, who wired it past netminder Brody Willms to make it 2-2.

The Hawks then played a dominant second period, outshooting Moose Jaw 19-1. Their pressure finally cracked the Warriors early in the frame with a pair of goals 25 seconds apart when McKenzie and Cody Glass scored in quick succession for a 4-2 lead. Glass then struck again at 16:19 for his second of the period and a 5-2 lead the Hawks took into the third.

Portland snuffed out any hope for a Moose Jaw comeback, as they blanked them in the final frame to finish with the 5-2 win.

Cody Glass had two goals and an assist to remain atop the WHL’s scoring leaderboard with 15 points. McKenzie and Hughes each finished with two points.

Cole Kehler picked up the win in net for Portland, stopping 20 of the 22 shots he faced from Moose Jaw. The Hawks nearly doubled Moose Jaw’s shot total with 42.

The Hawks’ eight-game road trip continues tomorrow when the team is in Saskatoon to take on the Blades.