Winterhawks beat Kamloops, 7-4



Five second-period goals propelled the Portland Winterhawks to a 7-4 Western Hockey League win over the Kamloops Blazers on Saturday in front of 7,701 fans at the Moda Center.

Derrick Pouliot had two goals and an assist, including an empy-net goal to clinch the fourth win of the season for Portland. Pouliot’s first goal was a power-play shot from the point that started the big second period.

Brendan Lepsic made it 3-1 moments later. After a Kamloops goal, Chase De Leo and Oliver Bjorkstrand scored to make it 5-2 Portland after two periods. Bjorkstrand’s 10th goal of the season was a short-handed tally. He also had two assists in the game.

Winterhawks goalie Brendan Burke made 22 saves in the win.

The Winterhawks (4-3-0-1) scored on two of six power plays and killed six of seven penalties.

The Winterhawks host Tri-City on Wednesday at the Moda Center.

Vipers lose — The Fort Vancouver Vipers lost to the Tri-Cities Outlaws 9-1 on Saturday in Kennewick, falling to 0-5 in the Northern Pacific Hockey League. Cody Dettman had the goal for the Vipers.