The Portland Winterhawks (13-3-0-1) extended their winning streak to 10 games with a 5-2 road win over the Seattle Thunderbirds (11-4-0-2) Friday.
With the win streak at 10, it’s the fourth straight season the Hawks have had a winning streak of at least nine games.
Portland nearly doubled Seattle in shots on goal with 41 to the Thunderbirds’ 22, including a 15-2 advantage in the first period and 17-6 margin in the second.
That offense was on display early on when Brendan Leipsic opened the scoring on a power play goal 3:45 into the game, and he followed with his second of the period to make it 2-0 at the 7:21 mark. Just 59 seconds later defenseman Garrett Haar scored to give Portland a 3-0 lead they took into the second.
Hawks captain Taylor Leier made it 4-0 at the 7:01 mark of the second, but 27 seconds later Seattle’s Jaimen Yakubowski scored a shorthanded goal on the same penalty to cut the lead to 4-1, which remained the score going into the third.
Seattle got within two when Justin Hickman scored 2:55 into the third to make it a 4-2 game. But that was as close as the Thunderbirds would get, with Leier scoring an empty net goal with just under a minute to go to give the Hawks the 5-2 win.
Leier, Leipsic, Nic Petan and Oliver Bjorkstrand all finished with two points apiece in the win.
Brendan Burke picked up the win in net with 20 saves on 22 shots. Seattle netminder Justin Myles allowed four goals on 40 shots, with the Hawks adding the late empty net marker.
Portland was 2-4 on the power play and 2-2 on the penalty kill.
The Hawks are back in action tomorrow for a road game in Spokane against the Chiefs.