Winterhawks Win Sixth Straight

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Graham Kendrick

The Portland Winterhawks (14-7-1-1) won their sixth straight game Friday night with a 7-3 road win over the Everett Silvertips (5-15-0-3).

Sven Bartschi continued his torrid play with three assists, his fourth straight game with three points. Bartschi has 16 points overall during the winning streak, and a nine-game points streak dating back to before his injury, a streak in which he’s posted an incredible 26 points.

Linemate Ty Rattie scored to extend his goal streak to six games, and he’s also posted 16 points during the winning streak.

Portland opened the scoring 6:10 into the game on a goal by defenseman Troy Rutkowski, and took a 2-0 lead at the 15:02 mark on the first goal of the season from recently-acquired forward Dillon Wagner.

The Hawks extended the lead to 3-0 at the 5:59 mark of the second on a power play goal by Brad Ross, his 14th of the season. The Silvertips got on the board at the 7:44 mark on a goal by Brennan Yadlowski to make it 3-1, but the Hawks went back up by three when Rattie scored his 20th goal of the season with a power play marker to put Portland up 4-1 at the 12:34 mark. Just over a minute later Everett’s JT Barnett scored to make it 4-2 heading into the third.

Portland then put the game out of reach with three straight goals to open the third period, taking a 7-2 lead on goals by Taylor Leier, Rutkowski and Charles Wells. Everett got one back on a goal by Nick Walter to make it 7-3, which would stand as the final.

Rattie’s second period power play goal was his league-leading 11th of the season with the man advantage, while Bartschi’s two power play assists gave him 15 on the season, also a league-high.

Rutkowski equaled Bartschi with three points on the night, while Wells, Ross, Leier, Taylor Peters, and Tyler Wotherspoon all finished with two points.

Mac Carruth picked up the win net for Portland, stopping 33 of 36 shots. Everett netminder Kent Simpson allowed seven Portland goals on 48 shots.

The Hawks are back in action tomorrow night when they travel to Seattle to take on the Thunderbirds.

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