October 10, 2012, Saskatoon, SK – The Portland Winterhawks (5-3-1-0) earned a 4-0 shutout win over the Saskatoon Blades (2-6-0-0) Wednesday as they continued their road trip through the WHL’s East Division.
Mac Carruth was in net for the Hawks and earned his fifth career shutout, turning away all 26 Saskatoon shots he faced. It was Carruth’s first game of the season after being reassigned by the AHL’s Rockford IceHogs on Saturday.
After a scoreless first period, the Hawks exploded for four goals in the second period. Presten Kopeck started the scoring early in the frame with a pair of goals just 25 seconds apart to give Portland a 2-0 lead. They were Kopeck’s first career WHL goals.
Oliver Bjorkstrand extended the lead at the 12:22 mark of the second with his fourth goal of the season to make it 3-0. Then late in the period, defenseman Seth Jones scored the first goal of his WHL career to give Portland a 4-0
lead going into the third period.
From there the Hawks shut down the Blades in the third period, allowing just one shot, to finish with the 4-0 victory.
Along with two goals from Kopeck, Bjorkstrand finished with a goal and two assists for three points, while Jones had an assist to go along with his goal to finish with two points. Tyler Wotherspoon also finished with two assists for Portland.
The Hawks’ road trip continues Friday when they take on the Prince Albert Raiders at 6 p.m. local time.