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Portland jumps out early to keep Thunderbirds in check
Winterhawks score three goals in first nine minutes
Seattle Times staff
KENT — Portland jumped out to a commanding first-period lead on its way to a 5-2 victory over the Seattle Thunderbirds in Western Hockey League action Friday night at the ShoWare Center.
The Winterhawks, leaders in the Western Conference at 13-3-0-1, scored three goals in the first 8:20. Brendan Leipsic scored at 3:45 of the first on a power play and then scored again at 7:21. Garrett Haar scored at 8:20, and Portland had a 3-0 lead. Taylor Leier scored the final two Portland goals.
Seattle (11-4-0-2) tried to rally with Jaimen Yakubowski scoring in the second period and Justin Hickman at 2:55 of the third to close the gap to 4-2.
Portland had a dominating 41-20 advantage in shots.
Brandon 6, at Everett 3
Four goals in the first 10 minutes powered the Wheat Kings (8-9-0-0) to the surprising road victory over the Silvertips (10-3-2-0) at Comcast Arena.
Brandon dominated the scoring even though Everett had a clear advantage in shots at 38-17.
Richard Nejezchleb got the Wheat Kings on the board at 2:08, and Ryan Pulock scored less than a minute later. Jayce Hawryluk then scored back-to-back goals on his way to a hat trick, and Brandon was up 4-0 at the 9:50 mark.
Joshua Winquist had two goals for Everett and Tyler Sandhu scored at the seven-minute mark of the third period to close the Everett deficit to 5-3, but the Silvertips couldn’t get any closer.
• Washington State (15-9, 2-9 Pac-12) couldn’t hold on after a quick start and dropped a 22-25, 19-25, 25-15, 25-20, 15-13 decision to Colorado (15-6, 7-4) in Pullman. Freshman Kyra Holt led the Cougars with 19 kills, nine digs and three blocks. Ver’Leea Hardaway had 13 kills and hit .571 with four blocks. Kerra Schroeder topped the Buffaloes with 12 kills, 11 digs and four blocks.
• Northwest (7-18, 3-12 Cascade) couldn’t hold its early lead and lost 18-25, 12-25, 25-21, 25-21, 11-5 to Corban (7-19, 3-12) in Salem, Ore. Dakota Adams had 13 kills and 15 digs for Northwest.
• Nicole Setterlund scored a pair of goals while Micaela Castain had three assists as Washington State (12-3-3, 5-3-1 Pac-12) posted a 3-1 home victory over California (9-4-5, 2-4-3). It was Setterlund’s second two-goal effort in the past three games. Castain’s three assists gives her a school-record 11 this season.
• Seattle University (14-2-2, 11-0 Western Athletic) extended its winning streak to 12 games with a 3-0 victory over visiting Idaho (4-14, 4-6). It was the 10th shutout of the season for the Redhawks as Brianna Smallidge was the winning goalkeeper. Stephanie Verdoia had her team-leading 13th goal for the Redhawks, while Taylor Ritzman and Natasha Howe also scored.
• Pacific (4-10-3, 3-3-1 West Coast) scored 2:40 into overtime for a 3-2 victory over Gonzaga (5-10-1, 1-5) in Stockton, Calif. Maricela Padilla scored the winning goal for the Tigers. Tori Lee and Karley Baggerly scored for the Zags.
• Seattle U (6-8-4, 5-0-3 WAC) remained unbeaten in league play with a 1-1 tie at Houston Baptist (7-6-2, 2-4-2). The Redhawks scored early, just 90 seconds into the match, on a goal by Jonathan Massimino.
• Washington State used its depth to post a 176-80 victory over host Seattle U. For the Redhawks, Blaise Wittenauer-Lee won her three events, taking the 200 freestyle in 1:52.95, the 200 breaststroke in 2:18.49 and 200 individual medley in 2:06.09, the third-fastest time in Seattle U history.
• D.J. Shelton scored 17 points and Dexter Kernich-Drew added 16 as Washington State topped Central Washington 93-56 in a home exhibition game.
• Aubrey Ashenfelter scored a game-high 23 points, on 8-for-12 shooting from the field, to pace Eastern Washington to an 87-74 home exhibition victory over The Master’s College of Santa Clarita, Calif. Ashenfelter also had seven rebounds.
From sports-information reports.