Bartschi Gets the OT Winner Over Spokane Saturday as Winterhawks Win Fifth Straight

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Graham Kendrick

Sven Bartschi scored 30 seconds into overtime to give the Portland Winterhawks (13-7-1-1) a 4-3 victory over the Spokane Chiefs (9-4-1-2) in front of 10,123 fans at the Rose Garden, extending the Winterhawks’ winning streak to five games.

Bartschi’s overtime winner was his third point of the night (one goal, two assists) and with an assist on the play, linemate Ty Rattie finished with four points (two goals, two assists).

The Hawks opened the scoring with two goals 23 seconds apart late in the first period, beginning with a power play marker when Brad Ross snapped a shot from the right faceoff circle past Chiefs netminder Mac Engel to make it 1-0 at the 15:43 mark. His goal was quickly followed by Rattie, who carried the puck into Spokane’s zone and fired a shot over Engel’s shoulder to give the Hawks a 2-0 lead into the intermission. The Hawks carried the play through most of the first, outshooting the Chiefs 17-7.

Spokane got on the board at the 7:11 mark of the second on a goal by Darren Kramer to cut Portland’s lead to 2-1, but the Hawks went back up by two at the 9:19 mark on a power play goal by Rattie to take a 3-1 lead that would last through the end of the period.

The Chiefs evened the game at 3-3 in the third period with a pair of goals 1:36 apart from Brendan Kichton and Collin Valcourt to send the game to overtime, where Bartschi won it just 30 seconds into the extra frame.

The Hawks carried play through much of the game, outshooting Spokane 51-30. Mac Carruth made 27 saves in the win, while Engel stopped 47 shots for Spokane.

Portland was 2-7 on the power play, and 2-2 on the penalty kill.

Rattie and Bartschi have been on a tear since the start of November; in five games this month Rattie has at least two points in each game (14 overall in the month), while Bartschi has four multi-point games in the five contests since the start of the month (13 points).

The duo has been especially potent this season on the power play, as Rattie leads the league with 10 power play goals and Bartschi is tied for second in the WHL with 13 assists with the man advantage.

Last night, the Hawks beat the Chiefs 6-5 in a game that went to a six-round shootout. The Hawks are now off until Friday, when they travel to Everett to take on the Silvertips.

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