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Burke makes 43 saves as the Winterhawks down the Americans

Saturday, 12.29.2012 / 1:54 AM / News

The Canadian Press

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Burke makes 43 saves as the Winterhawks down the Americans

KENNEWICK, Wash. - In a matchup between two of the top 17-year-old goaltenders in the Western Hockey League, Portland’s Brendan Burke got the firepower he needed up front to outduel Tri-City’s Eric Comrie on Friday night.

Taylor Peters and Oliver Bjorkstrand each had a goal and an assist and Burke stopped 43-of-46 shots as the Winterhawks held on for a 4-3 victory over the Americans.

The win improves Burke's record to 11-3-1 while his goals-against average has dropped to 2.79 and his save percentage is at .898.

“Our team, I thought, played a good team game,” said Portland coach Travis Green, who is missing three players to the World Junior Championship and two to the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge. “A gutty performance by a lot of guys, and both goalies played great.”

Kirill Vorobev and Taylor Leier also scored for the Winterhawks (30-5-1), who extended their winning streak to seven games.

Justin Feser had a pair of goals for the Americans (20-13-3) and Connor Rankin scored the other.

Comrie turned aside 34 shots in a losing cause for Tri-City, which have dropped four of five meetings this season to Portland.

Portland went 2 for 3 on the power play while Tri-City scored twice on five chances with the man advantage.

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Life's about opportunity and how you respond to that opportunity, and obviously he must have some swagger about him, some confidence about him, because he was solid. He made some good saves. He was 6-foot-3 on every shot, which is a good thing for a goalie. He played well. We got a win.

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