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Balanced scoring attack leads Portland to 5-2 WHL victory over Edmonton

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EDMONTON - Colin Reddin, Bennett Spencer and Luke Walker each had a goal and an assist to pace the Portland Winterhawks to a 5-2 victory over the Edmonton Oil Kings on Thursday night in the WHL.

Portland (8-3-0) jumped to the scoreboard 4:33 into the game as Brad Ross skated in on a breakaway and swept a backhander past Oil Kings netminder Torrie Jung.

The Oil Kings (5-4-0-2) responded with a breakaway of their own on the power play, as Devin Balness shovelled the puck between the legs of Winterhawks goalie Kurtis Mucha.

The Winterhawks regained the lead early in the second after Walker banged in a rebound off Bennett's point shot eight seconds into a Portland power play.

Tyler Hlookoff tied the score again with a slap shot from the top of the left circle that beat Mucha on the glove side at 5:02.

Portland took over after that, beating Jung at 14:51 on a shot he would like to have back. Reddin jarred the puck loose from the right boards and fired it between Jung's pads.

At 19:41, Ryan Johansen picked the glove side off the post and in to put Portland up 4-2 after 40 minutes.

Bennett closed the scoring at 6:43 of the third, whipping a shot past Jung's blocker on a two-on-one.

Jung stopped 30 shots for Edmonton while Mucha made 25 saves for Portland.

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