(ISN) – The Portland Winterhawks (43-15-2-1) won their ninth straight game with an 8-3 victory over the visiting Spokane Chiefs (32-21-4-3) Friday at the Rose Garden in front of 10,547 fans.
Eight different scorers accounted for the team’s eight goals, with Sven Bartschi leading the way with a goal and two assists for three points.
Ty Rattie opened the scoring for Portland at the 3:38 mark with a power play marker to give the Hawks a 1-0 lead for the only goal of the period. It was his 52nd goal of the season, making him the highest-scoring Winterhawk since Lonny Bohonos had 62 goals in the 1993-94 season.
After Spokane’s Mitch Holmberg scored 2:17 into the second to tie the game at 1-1, the Hawks struck back midway through the period with two goals 49 seconds apart from Joey Baker and Taylor Peters, the latter shorthanded, to go up 3-1. Portland then made it 4-1 at the 19:26 mark when Marcel Noebels scored his 19th of the season, but the Chiefs got one back with just under 10 seconds to go in the period as Dominik Uher scored to make the 4-2 going into the third period.
Oliver Gabriel put the Hawks back up by three when he scored 3:06 into the third period to give the Hawks a 5-2 advantage. Spokane got one back at the 4:10 mark on a goal by Liam Stewart to cut the Hawks’ lead to 5-3, but the Hawks came back with two goals in a span of 38 seconds from Brendan Leipsic and Sven Bartschi to jump out to a 7-3 lead.
After the seventh goal the Chiefs made a goaltending change, bringing in Eric Williams for Mac Engel. The Hawks would add one more when Nic Petan rounded out the scoring at the 17:34 mark on a power play.
Mac Carruth picked up the win in net for Portland, stopping 31 of 34 Spokane shots.
Portland was again terrific on special teams, going 2-3 on the power play and 4-4 on the penalty kill.
Two Hawks continued their double-digit scoring streaks, as Gabriel now has points in 13 straight games, and Bartschi’s streak was extended to 12 games. In addition, Derrick Pouliot has a nine-game streak, Rattie has an eight-game point streak and Noebels has a six-game streak.
The Hawks are back in action when they travel to Everett Sunday to take on the Silvertips at 5 p.m.