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WHL Roundup: Flames' prospect Wotherspoon, Winterhawks continue to roll

Wednesday, 01.09.2013 / 1:44 AM / News

The Canadian Press

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WHL Roundup: Flames' prospect Wotherspoon, Winterhawks continue to roll

The Portland Winterhawks had no problem re-integrating players from the world junior championship on Tuesday.

Defenceman Tyler Wotherspoon scored twice and added two assists as Portland ran its winning streak to 11 games with a 6-4 victory over the Prince George Cougars in Western Hockey League action.

Wotherspoon, a 19-year-old Calgary Flames prospect, was playing in his first WHL game since returning from the world junior championship, where he played for Canada.

Fellow defenceman Troy Rutkowski also scored twice for Portland (34-5-1). Rookies Paul Bittner and Dominic Turgeon rounded out the scoring for the Winterhawks.

Carson Bolduc, Troy Bourke, Zach Pochiro and Jordan Tkatch scored for Prince George (12-23-5), which played two skaters short of a full lineup.

The Cougars led 2-1 after one period, but Portland answered with three straight in the second period to take the lead for good. Bittner put the Winterhawks up 5-2 with 10:21 left in regulation, but Pochiro pulled one back with 2:48 to play.

After Rutkowski pushed the Portland lead back to three goals with an empty-netter, Bourke scored on a wraparound to close things out.

Brendan Burke stopped 33 shots in net to earn the win for the Winterhawks, while Brett Zarowny made 32 saves in a losing effort.

Only three penalties were whistled in the game, with the Cougars going 0 for 2 on the power play and Portland 0 for 1.

Elsewhere in the WHL it was: Calgary 7 Brandon 2; Kootenay 2 Edmonton 1; Medicine Hat 4 Vancouver 0 and Spokane 4 Seattle 3.

Hitmen 7 Wheat Kings 2

At Brandon, Man., Brady Brassart had a goal and two assists as the Calgary (28-10-4) extended its winning streak to four games with a victory over the Wheat Kings (14-25-4).

Ice 2 Oil Kings 1

At Cranbrook, B.C., defenceman Joey Leach scored the winner early in the third period as Kootenay (16-24-1) edged Edmonton (27-9-5).

Tigers 4 Giants 0

At Medicine Hat, Alta., Cam Lanigan made 31 saves and Blake Penner scored his first-ever WHL goal as the Tigers (19-20-3) shut out Vancouver (11-31-0).

Chiefs 4 Thunderbirds 3

At Kent, Wash., Liam Stewart's third-period goal stood as the winner as Spokane (26-13-1) slipped past Seattle (16-22-3).

(With files from the Brandon Sun, Medicine Hat News)

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