Winterhawks stretch win streak to 18

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Third-period goals by Keegan Iverson and Brendan Leipsic helped the Portland Winterhawks’ get past the Kamloops Blazers 4-2 on Friday at the Memorial Coliseum.

The Western Hockey League victory was Portland’s 18th straight, continuing the team’s franchise record.

The Hawks (44-12-2-3) were dominant through much of the game, outshooting the Blazers 46-16.

Taylor Leier’s goal 42 seconds into the second period tied the game at 2-2 for the Hawks.

Portland took its first lead of the game 5:27 into the third when Iverson fired a blast from the blueline past Kamloops netminder Bolton Pouliot for a 3-2 advantage. It then turned into a 4-2 lead at the 9:05 mark when Leipsic scored from the right faceoff circle on a power play.

The Hawks are back in action Saturday when they host the Prince Albert Raiders at the Coliseum at 7 p.m.