By Annie Fowler | Tri-City Herald
The Portland Winterhawks are the hottest team in the Western Hockey League as of late, and Friday night they kept the fire burning.
Nic Petan and Alex Schoenborn each had two goals and Josh Hanson had three assists as the Winterhawks scorched the Tri-City Americans 10-3 before a crowd of 4,278 at Toyota Center.
“It was like our home opener with Spokane with the exact same goals,” Tri-City coach Jim Hiller said. “There was nobody in front of our net, three guys behind our goal line and leaving somebody wide open in front of our net. It is the most basic structure — you have to take care of your net front. Eric (Comrie) was left defenseless. There’s just no excuse.”
With the loss, the Americans (26-23-2-3, 57 points) saw their seven-game home win streak come to an end and their lead over Prince George (23-26-2-5, 53 points) shrink to four points in the race for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference.
Portland (37-12-2-3), which leads the U.S. Division with 79 points, has won 11 games in a row and has points in its last 13.