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Winterhawks Make Statement Win Against Winnipeg

Keith Dwiggins

The Winterhawks looked impressive in a 4-1 home win against the Winnipeg ICE to secure four points this weekend. The Hawks dominated the battle of special teams going a perfect 6-for-6 on the penalty kill and they scored a power play goal for their third straight game.

Quick starts to periods were important for the Hawks on Sunday night. They scored in the first two minutes of each period to lift them to a 3-0 lead in the third.

Kishaun Gervais scored the opening goal 111 seconds in to give the Hawks a first period lead that would stick through the opening 20 minutes. Portland took the first eight shots on goal of the night.

Alternate captain Jake Gricius scored the team’s next two goals, including a power play tally on the Hawks first man advantage opportunity of the night. In the final minutes of the game, Chicago Blackhawks prospect Michal Teply negated Joel Hofer’s shutout bid with 4:33 to play in regulation.

Hofer was stellar in net turning aside 33 shots to give him 12 wins on the year. Reece Newkirk scored an empty net goal to secure a 4-1 victory.

NOTABLES:

  • Jake Gricius recorded his eighth career multi-point game in the WHL.
  • Reece Newkirk recorded his eighth career three point night with the Winterhawks and he is now just five points shy of 100. He will become the 126th Winterhawks to reach the century mark in points.
  • Jaydon Dureau now has nine points in his last seven games.
  • Portland improves to 3-0-0-0 against the East Division.
  • The Hawks play their next home game on Wednesday, November 20 against the Vancouver Giants. Tonight was the first of four straight home games.

Box Score (Click the hyperlink to find all the scoring details)

SHOTS ON GOAL:

POR: 28
WPG: 34

POWER PLAY:

POR: 1/2
WPG: 0/6

SAVES:

POR: Joel Hofer stopped 33-of-34 shots.
WPG: Jesse Makaj stopped 24-of-27 shots.

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