The Portland Winterhawks (17-5-1-1) had a big night on special teams in a 7-3 road win over the Kamloops Blazers (6-14-2-1) Saturday.
The Hawks scored five of their seven goals on special teams, going a perfect 3-3 on the power play and adding two shorthanded goals in the win.
Brendan Leipsic opened the scoring 4:31 into the game to give the Hawks an early 1-0 lead. Kamloops rebounded midway through the period with goals from Chase Souto and Cole Ully, but the Hawks tied it on a power play goal from Taylor Leier at the 14:10 mark to make it 2-2. Leipsic then scored his second of the period at the 17:59 mark to give the Hawks a 3-2 lead going into the second.
Kamloops tied the game at 3-3 on Souto’s second of the game 2:41 into the second. The Hawks regained the lead midway through the period when Derrick Pouliot scored on a power play at the 11:45 mark to make it 4-3. Portland added one more when Chase De Leo scored on a man advantage at the 15:11 mark to give the Hawks a 5-3 lead going into the third.
Late in the third with the Hawks killing a penalty, Nic Petan and De Leo scored shorthanded goals 27 seconds apart to open up a 7-3 lead that would stand as the final.
De Leo, Petan, Leier and Leipsic all finished with two points apiece in the win.
Brendan Burke earned the win in net, with 25 saves on 28 shots. Bolton Pouliot took the loss for the Blazers, giving up seven goals on 43 shots.
The Hawks are now off until Friday, when they host the Spokane Chiefs at Veterans Memorial Coliseum at 7 p.m.