November 6, 2012, Portland, OR – The Portland Winterhawks (13-3-1-0) won their ninth straight game with a 5-1 victory over the visiting Red Deer Rebels (9-10-1-1) Tuesday at the Rose Garden in front of 5,201 fans.
The Hawks dominated play through much of the first period, outshooting Red Deer 17-5, but the game remained scoreless after 20 minutes.
Portland broke through 6:35 into the second period on a power play when Oliver Bjorkstrand fired a shot over Red Deer netminder Patrik Bartosak’s shoulder to make it 1-0. Midway through the period Portland scored two goals 55 seconds apart beginning when Derrick Pouliot collected a rebound off a shot from Joey Baker and fired it in to make it 2-0. Pouliot’s goal was followed less than a minute later by fellow blueliner Seth Jones firing a shot from the point that beat Bartosak to make it 3-0, which remained the score going into the third.
Red Deer opened the third with a change in net, with Bolton Pouliot taking over for Bartosak. The Rebels then got on the board 2:09 into the frame when Cory Millette scored to cut Portland’s lead to 3-1.
The Hawks went back up by three at the 10:50 mark when Brendan Leipsic won a one-on-one battle with Red Deer defenseman Mathew Dumba and beat Pouliot to make it 4-1 Hawks. Ty Rattie then struck at the 14:18 mark to put Portland ahead 5-1, which would stand as the final.
Mac Carruth earned the win in net, turning away 21 of 22 shots. Bartosak had 31 saves on 34 shots through two periods for Red Deer, while Pouliot made 10 saves on 12 shots in the third.
With two points tonight, Ty Rattie extended his scoring streak to 11 games, having amassed 23 points in that time. Leipsic extended his point streak to five games, including at least one goal in each game. He’s amassed 12 points in that span.
Portland was 2-7 on the power play Tuesday, and a perfect 4-4 on the penalty kill.
The Hawks’ next game is Friday in Vancouver against the Giants in the opener of a three-games-in-three days set over the weekend. They’re in Spokane on Saturday, and return home Sunday for a 5 p.m. tilt against the Kamloops Blazers at Veterans Memorial Coliseum.