The Portland Winterhawks (24-11-2-1) capped 2011 with a 2-0 win over the Seattle Thunderbirds (16-18-0-1) at the Rose Garden Saturday in the annual New Year’s Eve tilt between the two teams. It was Portland’s 12th straight home win.
The game was played in front of 10,356 fans, the Hawks’ fourth straight home game with 8,000+ fans.
Mac Carruth earned the shutout in net for the Hawks stopping all 18 Seattle shots, his first shutout of the season and third of his career.
After a scoreless first period in which the Hawks outshot Seattle 14-6, Portland continued peppering the Thunderbirds throughout the second, as they dominated the period with a 23-3 advantage in shots on goal. They finally broke through with 9.3 seconds remaining in the period when Ty Rattie scored his league-leading 37th goal of the season to give Portland a 1-0 lead going into the third.
Portland struck again 1:51 into the third on a power play when Brendan Leipsic wired a shot from the left faceoff circle past Seattle goaltender Calvin Pickard to give the Hawks a 2-0 lead that would stand as the final.
Portland was 1-7 on the power play, and a perfect 5-5 on the penalty kill.
The Hawks will be back on the ice Tuesday when they host the Moose Jaw Warriors at Veterans Memorial Coliseum at 7 p.m.