PORTLAND, Ore. - The Portland Winterhawks scored five unanswered goals after falling into a first-period hole and defeated the visiting Kamloops Blazers 5-2 in Western Hockey League action Wednesday night.
Brendan Leipsic had a goal and two assists for Portland (41-7-3), which had five different goal scorers. Joe Mahon, Taylor Peters, Nicolas Petan and Ty Rattie also scored for the Winterhawks, who trailed 2-0 after one period.
Portland had shut out three consecutive opponents coming into the game, but the streak ended when Willick beat Winterhawks goaltender Mac Carruth from close range at 14:16.
Smith scored on the power play at 16:24, and the Blazers held the lead until Rattie's goal with 11:43 left in the second. Mahon tied the game 42 seconds later, and the teams went into the second intermission tied 2-2.
Petan, who leads major junior hockey with 90 points this season, put Portland ahead with his 35th goal from a sharp angle at 5:20 of the third period.
Peters added a short-handed goal on a breakaway 10 minutes later, and Leipsic's empty-netter in the final minute rounded out the scoring.
Peters was playing in his 300th WHL game, all with Portland. He's the sixth Winterhawk in the 37-year history of the team to reach that mark.
Carruth made 22 saves for Portland, while Cole Cheveldave stopped 32 shots for the Blazers.
Kamloops finished 1 for 6 on the power play, while the Winterhawks went scoreless on four chances.