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Hawks Last Unbeaten Team in the WHL

Rik Fedyck / Vancouver Giants

The Portland Winterhawks spoiled the Vancouver Giants home opener and banner raising ceremony by beating them 4-2 at the Langley Events Centre to improve to 3-0-0-0 on the year. The Winterhawks are now the last remaining unbeaten team in the league.

Portland took advantage of offense early as Tyson Kozak netted a pair of goals in the win to earn him top star honors. Lane Gilliss and Clay Hanus each added a power play goal in a game in which the Hawks won the battle of the special teams.

After battling through the third period with only 15 dressed skaters, the Hawks handed the Giants their first loss of the year. Portland heads east to Alberta for their next game against the Lethbridge Hurricanes on Friday, October 4th at 6:00 p.m.

NOTABLES:

  • Clay Hanus’ scored to give him three goals in three games, the best offensive stretch of his WHL career.
  • Tyson Kozak netted his first career Western Hockey League goal at 8:45 of the first period.
  • 2020 NHL Draft prospect Simon Knak added two primary assists in the win to cement him at first in WHL rookie scoring (one goal and four assists) through the team’s first three games.
  • Tonight was the first of seven road games in Canada before the Hawks return to home ice on Saturday, October 19th against the Brandon Wheat Kings.

THE BOX SCOREĀ (Click the hyperlink to find all the scoring details)

SHOTS ON GOAL:

POR: 28
VAN: 35

POWER PLAY:

POR: 2/4
VAN: 1/5

SAVES:

POR: Joel Hofer stopped 33-of-35 shots in route to his third consecutive win.
VAN: Trent Miner stopped 24-of-28 shots.

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