Portland (ISN) – Ty Rattie registered his fourth hat trick of the season as the Portland Winterhawks (40-15-2-1) picked up an 11-2 win over the visiting Seattle Thunderbirds (20-36-1-1) in a Saturday afternoon matinee at Veterans Memorial Coliseum in front of 8,198 fans.
It was the team’s sixth straight win, and puts them two points ahead of the Tri-City Americans for first place in the U.S. Division, with the Americans playing at home tonight against the Spokane Chiefs.
Rattie finished with five points in the game, tying his career-high and giving him 48 goals and 97 points for the season. He’s looking to become the first Winterhawk to reach the 50-goal plateau since Josef Balej had 51 in the 2001-02 season, and the first to reach 100 points since Todd Robinson had 109 in the 1997-98 Memorial Cup season.
Rattie opened the scoring 5:50 into the game with a power play goal to give the Hawks an early 1-0 lead. The Thunderbirds responded with a goal from Justin Hickman at the 9:22 mark to even the game at 1-1.
But the Hawks came right back less than two minutes later when Cam Reid and Brad Ross worked a give-and-go on a power play, with Ross beating Seattle netminder Daniel Cotton to put the Hawks back on top, 2-1, a lead they took into the second.
From there, the Hawks played a dominating second period, taking control of the game with five unanswered goals to go up 7-1.
After Chase De Leo put Portland up 3-1, Rattie got his second of the game at the 10:25 mark to give Portland a 4-1 lead. Former Thunderbird Marcel Noebels added to the lead with a goal at the 12:36 mark, and Rattie scored the hat trick goal at the 16:31 mark. Brad Ross rounded out the scoring in the period 34 seconds after Rattie’s hat trick goal to put the Hawks up 7-1 going into the third.
They added to the lead 10 seconds into the third period, when a goal by Oliver Gabriel put them ahead 8-1, and Noebels made it 9-1 with his second of the game at the 8:47 mark. Brendan Leipsic made it 10-1 at the 10:36 mark, giving the Hawks their first 10-goal game of the season, and first 10-goal game at home since a 10-2 win over Prince George on Nov. 27, 2002.
The Thunderbirds scored at the 17:37 mark with a goal by Colin Jacobs to make it 10-2, and Portland’s Pearce Eviston rounded out the scoring with his first of the season with under a minute to go.
Several Hawks players added to significant point streaks in tonight’s game, led by Oliver Gabriel, who now has points in 10 straight games. In addition, Sven Bartschi has points in nine straight, defenseman Derrick Pouliot extended his points streak to six games, while Rattie has points in five straight games.
Brendan Burke picked up the win in net for Portland with 37 saves on 39 shots. Cotton took the loss for Seattle, allowing 11 goals on 48 shots.
The game was played with the Coliseum’s curtains open, allowing the daylight into the arena. The curtains will also be open for Monday’s Presidents Day matinee, a 3 p.m. game against Prince George Cougars.