(ISN) – The Portland Winterhawks (47-17-3-1) got a late goal from Troy Rutkowski to pick up a 4-3 road win over the Everett Silvertips (20-38-1-8) Friday.
The win gives the Hawks 98 points on the season, as they remain just one point behind both the Edmonton Oil Kings and Tri-City Americans, who each won Friday, in the race for the top record in the league.
Portland struck early when Cam Reid scored just over a minute into the game to give the Hawks an early 1-0 lead. Everett’s Jari Erricson evened the game at the 6:20 mark of the first, but the Hawks struck again with under a minute to go in the period when Chase De Leo scored to put Portland ahead 2-1 going into the second.
The Hawks then struck with another quick goal as Ty Rattie scored his 54th goal of the season just 56 seconds into the second period to give Portland a 3-1 lead. The Silvertips came back with goals from Josh Caron and Reid Petryk on a power play to tie the game at 3-3 heading into the third period.
The game remained tied through much of the third period, until there was just 1:31 left in the third when Portland defenseman Troy Rutkowski fired a shot that beat Everett netminder Austin Lotz to give the Hawks a 4-3 lead. After Rutkowski’s goal, Everett pulled Lotz for an extra attacker and scrambled to try to tie the game. With 4.7 seconds remaining, Everett’s Josh Winquist was awarded a penalty shot, but Hawks goaltender Mac Carruth made a game-saving stop to seal the Portland win.
Rattie, Joe Morrow, Marcel Noebels and William Wrenn all finished with two points in the win.
Portland played their second straight game without Sven Bartschi, who made his NHL debut tonight after being called up by the Calgary Flames on an emergency basis.
The Hawks are back in action tomorrow night in Seattle when they take on the Thunderbirds at 7 p.m.