Winterhawks Blowout Cougars in Prince George

Ben Ludeman

Portland Winterhawks (7) vs Prince George Cougars (1)

CN Centre– Prince George, BC– Wednesday, March 7th

Skyler McKenzie picked up a hat-trick as Portland took down the Cougars 7-1 in Prince George on Wednesday.

After the Cougars got on the board first, Henri Jokiharju tied things up on a wicked wrister from the top of the left circle to tie things up at one.

In the second, Skyler McKenzie picked up a goal on a power-play on an assist from Cody Glass to give Portland the lead. For McKenzie, it was his 43rd goal of the season, a new career high. Also on the goal, Glass extended his point streak to nine games. McKenzie and Glass would then connect once again 13:36 into the second shorthanded, as Glass fed McKenzie infront for his second of the night. Then, as the end of the second was winding down, Lukus MacKenzie was sprung on a breakaway, and scored a beautiful between-the-legs goal to make it 4-1 Portland.

The Hawks continued to press in the third, 2:42 in the period, Lane Gilliss tapped home a loose-puck on the goal line for his 7th of the season. Less then 1:30 later, Kieffer Bellows sniped his 39th of the season to make it 6-1 Portland. Skyler McKenzie then completed the hat trick on a give-and-go with Brendan De Jong to make it a 7-1 final.

Cole Kehler made 18 saves in the victory.

The Winterhawks return home Saturday against the Tri-City Americans for the 1998 Memorial Cup Reunion and Hall of Fame induction. Tickets on sale here, and single game and group tickets now on sale.

Scoring Summary:

  • 1st @ 2:32 – PG – Connor Bowie (1), Reid Perepeluk
  • 1st @ 8:30 – POR – Henri Jokiharju (9), Lane Gilliss, Ty Kolle
  • 2nd @ 10:33 – POR – Skyler McKenzie (43), Cody Glass (PP)
  • 2nd @ 13:36 – POR – Skyler McKenzie (44), Cody Glass (SH)
  • 2nd @ 19:59 – POR – Lukus MacKenzie (2), Henri Jokiharju, Conor MacEachern
  • 3rd @ 2:42 – POR – Lane Gilliss (7), Jake Gricius, Keoni Texeira
  • 3rd @ 4:00 – POR – Kieffer Bellows (39), Cody Glass, Skyler McKenzie
  • 3rd @ 16:29 – POR – Skyler McKenzie (45), Brendan DeJong


POR: 53

PG: 19


POR: 1/5

PG: 0/1


POR: Cole Kehler with 18 saves

PG: Taylor Gauthier with 25 saves

Isaiah DiLaura 21 with saves


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