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Portland Winterhawks knock off visiting Kamloops Blazers

The Blazers (22-11-1-0) hold a five-point lead on the Kelowna Rockets atop the B.C. Division.
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The Portland Winterhawks bested the Kamloops Blazers 5-2 on Sunday, leaving the visitors from B.C. with a 1-2 record at the conclusion of a three-games-in-three-nights U.S. Division swing.

Kamloops blanked Spokane 6-0 on Saturday, a night after surrendering a 4-0 lead in a 5-4 loss to the Tri-City Americans in Kennewick, Wash.

Daylan Kuefler and Logan Stankoven scored to give the Blazers a 2-0 lead in the first period on Sunday, but Portland rattled off five straight goals, including an empty-net marker.

Aidan Litke (2), Luca Cagnoni, Clay Hanus and James Stefan scored for Portland in support of goaltender Taylor Gauthier, who stopped 25 shots to pick up the victory.

Kamloops goaltender Dylan Garand made 29 saves in a losing effort.

The Prince George Cougars will play host to the Blazers on Friday.

Kamloops will return home on Saturday to host Prince George, a 7 p.m. start at Sandman Centre.

The Blazers (22-11-1-0) hold a five-point lead on the Kelowna Rockets atop the B.C. Division.

Vancouver and Prince George are tied for third, with 32 points each, four more points than the last-place Victoria Royals.