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Zane Jones has goal and assist, leads Royals to 4-3 win over Portland

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VICTORIA - Zane Jones had a goal and an assist for the Victoria Royals as they beat the Portland Winterhawks 4-3 on Wednesday night in Western Hockey League action.

The Royals moved into seventh place in the Western Conference, one point ahead of Everett and three ahead of ninth-place Seattle. Everett has a game in hand on Victoria, while Seattle has two.

The Victoria Royals (23-42-7) opened the scoring in the first period on the power play as Austin Carroll scored his eighth of the season.

Portland answered back with two quick goals, the first off a turnover as Ty Rattie found himself all alone in front of the net for his fifty-fifth of the season. Taylor Leier scored his thirteenth of the year 19 seconds later to give the Winterhawks the 2-1 lead heading into the second period.

Jamie Crooks evened up the score for the Royals in the second as he scored his thirty-sixth of the season to tie the game 2-2. Six minutes later the Royals retook the lead as Jones scored on the breakaway for his fourteenth of the season to make it 3-2 Victoria after forty minutes.

The Winterhawks (48-18-4) evened up the score early in the third as Oliver Gabriel scored his seventeenth of the season to make it 3-3.

Victoria took the lead for the third time in the game on a two-on-one as Steven Hodges buried his twenty-first of the season, making it a 4-3 Royals victory over the Winterhawks.

Royals goalie, Keith Hamilton, made 32 saves for the victory, while Winterhawks netminder Mac Carruth made 15 saves in the losing effort.

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