PORTLAND, Ore. - Two days after being handed the stiffest sanctions in the history of the Western Hockey League, the Portland Winterhawks showed no signs of slowing down on the ice.
Five different players scored for the Winterhawks as they downed the visiting Seattle Thunderbirds 5-2 on Friday for their fifth straight win and 17th in 18 games.
Justin Hickman and Roberts Lipsbergs each scored for Seattle (12-13-1).
Seattle went 1 for 7 on the power play, with all of its chances coming in the first two periods. Portland went scoreless on five opportunities with the man advantage.
On Wednesday, the WHL fined the Winterhawks $200,000 and docked them nine Bantam draft picks over the next five years for violating the league's regulations regarding player benefits. Head coach and general manager Mike Johnston was also suspended for the rest of the season.
Assistant coach Travis Green, who has taken over for Johnston in both roles, had previously filled in for Johnston several times over the past four years, and his victory behind the bench Friday was his fourth as Portland's head coach.