KENNWICK, Wash. - Rihards Bukarts scored the first of five-straight goals for the Portland Winterhawks and added an assist as they downed the Tri-City Americans 6-2 on Wednesday night in Western Hockey League action.
Blake Heinrich led the Portland (8-9-0) offence with a goal and two assists. Keegan Iverson, Alex Overhardt, Alex Schoenborn and Dominic Turgeon also scored as the Winterhawks snapped a three-game losing skid. Jack Dougherty tacked on three assists.
Beau McCue and Morgan Geekie had goals for Tri-City (6-11-1), in its third-straight loss.
Michael Bullion made 29 saves for the win in net as Evan Sarthou turned away 28 shots in a losing effort.
Portland was 2 for 7 on the power play while the Americans were scoreless on five chances.
ROCKETS 2 GIANTS 1 (SO)
KELOWNA, B.C. ? Nick Merkley and Justin Kirkland both scored in the shootout as the Rockets edged Vancouver.
Tanner Wishnowski evened the game at 1-1 with a goal in the third period for Kelowna (14-5-0), which won its fifth straight.
Tyler Benson opened the scoring midway through the second for the Giants (4-10-4).
REBELS 4 WHEAT KINGS 0
BRANDON, Man. ??? Rylan Toth stopped all 31 shots he faced as Red Deer blanked the Wheat Kings.
Austin Pratt, Grayson Pawlenchuk, Brandon Hagel and Michael Spacek supplied the offence for the Rebels (14-6-0).
Jordan Papirny turned away 24-of-28 shots for Brandon (11-6-2), which dropped its third straight.
CHIEFS 3 SILVERTIPS 0
SPOKANE, Wash. ??? Lasse Petersen kicked out all 24 shots he faced as the Chiefs ended Everett's three-game winning streak.
Kailer Yamamoto, Curtis Miske and Kolten Olynek scored for Spokane (9-7-3), which has picked up points in its last six games.
Carter Hart turned aside 29-of-31 shots for the Silvertips (8-5-1).