November 3, 2012, Portland, OR (ISN) – The Portland Winterhawks (12-3-1-0) won their eighth straight game with a 6-2 victory over the visiting Victoria Royals (9-8-0-0) Saturday at the Rose Garden in front of 6,729 fans.
The eight consecutive wins is a league-high, and the 6-2 victory matches the score in last night’s game between the two teams.
The Royals opened the scoring with a goal from Jamie Crooks 7:26 into the game, then made it 2-0 at the 10:08 mark with a power play marker from Alex Gogolev. But that would be it for the Royals’ scoring on the evening, as the Hawks responded with six unanswered goals the rest of the way.
Portland got back within one at the 12:37 mark when Keegan Iverson banged away at the puck in the Victoria crease and put it past netminder Coleman Vollrath to cut the Royals’ lead to 2-1, rounding out the first period scoring.
Portland tied the game at 2-2 early in the second when Ty Rattie beat Vollrath 1:36 into the frame. The Hawks then took the lead at the 12:50 mark when Taylor Peters was sprung on a breakaway while shorthanded. Vollrath made the save on his shot, but Troy Rutkowski followed the play and fired the rebound into the net to make it 3-2, which remained the score going into the third period.
The Hawks then broke the game open in the third, with three goals to put the game away.
They made it 4-2 just 1:16 into the period when Brendan Leipsic took a feed from Nic Petan and beat Vollrath for his eighth goal of the season. Those two connected again at the 5:42 mark when Leipsic fed a pass across the front of the net to Petan, who tapped it in to make it 5-2. Then at the 10:08 mark while on a power play, Rutkowski fired a blast from the point into the top corner for his second of the night, giving the Hawks the 6-2 win.
Mac Carruth earned the win in net for Portland, turning away 30 of 32 shots. Vollrath took the loss for Victoria, allowing six goals on 45 shots.
With his goal tonight, Rattie extended his point streak 10 games, during which time he’s posted 21 points. Petan extended his scoring streak as well, with his three points giving him a seven-game streak, totaling 17 in that time.
Portland was 1-3 on the power play, and 6-7 on the penalty kill.
The Hawks’ next game is Tuesday when they host the Red Deer Rebels at 7 p.m. in the Rose Garden.