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Winterhawks rebound from 2-0 first period deficit to beat Blazers 5-2

Thursday, 01.31.2013 / 1:04 AM / Nouvelles

The Canadian Press

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Winterhawks rebound from 2-0 first period deficit to beat Blazers 5-2

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.

Dylan Willick and Colin Smith scored for Kamloops (33-15-5) just over two minutes apart late in the opening 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.

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