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Game 1 Victory: Balanced Attack Gives Hawks 4-2 Win in Prince George
Brett Cullen

Portland Winterhawks 4 at Prince George 2 – Round 1, Game 1
CN Centre – Prince George, BC – Friday, March 24th

The Portland Winterhawks earned a 4-2 win over the Prince George Cougars in Game 1 of the first-round playoff series at CN Centre Friday.

Winterhawks captain Keegan Iverson netted the game-winner in Prince George, while Colton Veloso iced this balanced victory with an empty net goal and just over thirty seconds remaining in the third period. For goaltender Cole Kehler, it was his first career WHL playoff win tonight, extending his winning streak to nine games dating back to the regular season.

Game 2 of the series will be played on Sunday in Prince George at 5 pm.

Scoring Summary:

  • 1st @ 4:34 – (PP) Brendan De Jong (Overhardt, Hughes) opens the scoring for the Hawks with a power play goal. (POR 1 – PG 0)
  • 1st @ 17:49 – (PP) Jared Bethune (McDonald, McAuley) evens the game at 1-1 with a power play goal of his own. (POR 1 – PG 1)
  • 1st @ 18:39 – Skyler McKenzie responds with a goal fifty seconds later, beating Prince George netminder Ty Edmonds for a 2-1 Portland lead. (POR 2 – PG 1)
  • 2nd @ 3:06 – (PP) With the teams playing 4-on-3, Keegan Iverson (Glass) gives the Hawks a 3-1 lead. (POR 3 – PG 1)
  • 3rd @ 2:43 – Jansen Harkins (Bondra, McAuley) gets the Cougars within one. (POR 3 – PG 2)
  • 3rd @ 19:22 – (EN) Colton Veloso seals the 4-2 win in Game 1 with an empty net goal. (POR 4 – PG 2)

Power Play Statistics:

  • POR: 2/5
  • PG: 1/3

Shots on Goal:

  • POR: 35
  • PG: 25

Goaltending:

  • POR: Cole Kehler made 23 saves on 25 Prince George shots.
  • PG: Ty Edmonds made 31 saves on 34 Portland shots.
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