Portland finished the sweep of the Rockets by doubling them up 4-2 on Saturday night inside Prospera Place.
Joel Hofer was electric in the first period. The Winterhawks killed off four penalties in the second half of the opening 20 minutes and Hofer already had 17 saves at the first intermission break, matching his game total from Friday night’s win.
Portland pulled away in the second frame thanks to a couple of early goals by their 2020 NHL Draft prospects. Less than two minutes into the period, Cross Hanas drove on the left wing and tucked in his 17th goal of the season off the post. Seth Jarvis scored the other two second period goals, including a textbook tic-tac-toe finish. Kyle Topping netted the Rockets lone goal of the frame to make it 3-1 after 40 minutes of play.
The Hawks stunted any comeback effort in the third period, allowing only eight shots down the stretch. Reece Newkirk scored an empty net goal to go up 4-1 in the final three minutes. Topping netted his second of the night with under a minute to play, but it was too little, too late for the overage forward. The Hawks won 4-2 to remain nine points ahead of the Silvertips for the U.S. Division lead.
- Jarvis scored two goals in back-to-back games this weekend, making him the eighth WHL player to reach 30+ goals this season.
- Johnny Ludvig capped off his impressive nine point week with a pair of assists in tonight’s victory.
- The Winterhawks swept the Rockets in the four game season series for the first time since the 2011-12 season. Portland went 14-for-14 on their PK against Kelowna this season.
- 14 of the Hawks 17 remaining games are against Washington based teams.
- Portland returns home for its next game on Valentine’s Day, Friday, February 14 when the Hawks host the Spokane Chiefs at the Moda Center. Tickets for the game are available here.
Box Score (Click the hyperlink to find all the scoring details)
SHOTS ON GOAL:
POR: Joel Hofer stopped 17-of-20 shots.
KEL: Roman Basran stopped 1-of-4 shots.