Bartschi Scores Four to Lead Portland


(ISN) – Sven Bartschi scored four goals Saturday as the Portland Winterhawks (46-15-3-1) solidified their grip on first place with a 7-3 win over the visiting Seattle Thunderbirds (21-41-1-1) Saturday in front of 6,456 fans at Veterans Memorial Coliseum.

The win gives Portland 96 points this season, moving them three points ahead of the Tri-City Americans for first place in the WHL. The Americans are in action tonight in Everett.

It was Bartschi’s first career four-goal game, his second hat trick of the season and the 10th hat trick by a Hawks player this season.

It was also the third straight home game played in front of a crowd of 6,000+, and improved the Hawks to 12-0-1-0 in their last 13 games.

The Hawks scored the lone goal of the first at the 15:24 mark while shorthanded, when Bartschi stripped the puck from a Seattle Thunderbird in the neutral zone, brought the puck into the Seattle zone and beat netminder Calvin Pickard to make it 1-0.

From there the game opened up, with the two teams combining for five second period goals, including three from Portland.

Seattle evened the game at 1-1 at the 7:45 mark of the second on a goal by Connor Sanvido, but one minute later the Hawks regained the lead with a power play goal from Cam Reid to go up 2-1.

They extended the lead at the 10:38 mark when Bartschi scored his second of the game to go up 3-1. Seattle got one back at the 13:25 mark with a power play goal from former Hawk Seth Swenson, but just 31 seconds later Ty Rattie carried the puck into the Seattle zone on an odd-man rush and fired it top shelf over Pickard’s shoulder to give Portland a 4-2 lead they took into the third period.

At the 2:29 mark of the third, Bartschi scored a shorthanded goal to complete the hat trick. He added his fourth of the game on a power play at the 10:44 mark, his 31st of the season. The Thunderbirds got one back at the 11:22 mark from Burke Gallimore to make it 6-3, but at the 16:25 mark Derrick Pouliot fired a blast from the point past Pickard to make it 7-3.

Brendan Burke earned the win in net for Portland, stopping 25 of 28 shots.

The Hawks are back in action tomorrow at 5 p.m. when they host the Tri-City Americans at the Rose Garden. It will be the second game in three nights between the two teams, and could once again determine first place in the WHL.

Christian J. Stewart
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