November 10, 2012, Spokane, WA – The Portland Winterhawks (15-3-1-0) made it 11 wins in a row Saturday with a 9-1 road victory over the Spokane Chiefs (14-7-0-0).
The 11 consecutive victories is the franchise’s longest since a 15-game streak from Jan. 9 – Feb. 10, 1998. It was also the second straight night the Hawks had scored nine goals after a 9-5 win in Vancouver last night. Portland has at least four goals in every game of the streak, and five goals or more in each of the last 10 games.
It was an incredibly balanced offensive attack Saturday, with eight different players accounting for the nine goals, and 17 of the team’s 18 skaters registering at least a point.
The Hawks got off to a great start, with Brendan Leipsic and Oliver Bjorkstrand scoring 19 seconds apart early in the first period to take a quick 2-0 lead. Spokane got within one on a goal by Brendon Kichton at the 10:47 mark to make it 2-1, but the Hawks responded just 50 seconds later as Taylor Peters scored to make it 3-1. Keegan Iverson then added one more at the 15:36 mark to give Portland a 4-1 lead after 20 minutes.
The Chiefs opened the second period with a change in net, as Garret Hughson took over between the pipes for starter Eric Williams. Portland extended the lead when Joe Mahon scored his first career WHL goal at the 3:29 mark of the second to give the Hawks a 5- 1 lead. They kept pressing, and made it 6-1 at the 12:33 mark on a power play goal from Chase De Leo, then made it 7-1 just 49 seconds later with a goal from Taylor Leier.
Portland made it 8-1 when Seth Jones scored on a power play 8:31 into the third, followed by Bjorkstrand scoring his second of the night at the 13:10 mark to make it 9-1 and round out the scoring.
Mac Carruth picked up the win in net with 43 saves on 44 shots. Spokane’s Eric Williams gave up four goals on 12 shots in the first period, while Hughson allowed five goals on 24 shots in his two periods of action. Spokane’s 44-36 advantage in shots on goal marks the first time this season Portland has been outshot.
Ty Rattie extended his league-leading point streak to 13 games with an assist. He’s amassed 12 goals and 15 assists for 27 points during the streak.
With a goal and an assist Brendan Leipsic extended his scoring streak to seven games, with goals in all seven games and six multi-point games, totaling eight goals and eight assists for 16 points.
Derrick Pouliot has a six-game point streak of his own, with one goal and nine assists for 10 points.
Troy Rutkowski made it points in six straight games with his assist. He has three goals and four assists for seven points during his streak.
Portland was 2-5 on the power play and a perfect 6-6 on the penalty kill.
The Hawks are back in action tomorrow when they host the Kamloops Blazers at 5 p.m. at Veterans Memorial Coliseum.