November 23, 2012, Portland (ISN) – Nic Petan scored two third period goals as the Portland Winterhawks (19-4-1-0) picked up a 4-2 win over the visiting Kootenay Ice (7-14-1-0) Friday in an afternoon game with the curtains open in front of 7,098 fans at Veterans Memorial Coliseum.
The Hawks nearly doubled Kootenay’s shot total in the first period with a 15-8 advantage, and scored the lone goal at the 13:22 mark when Paul Bittner notched his second of the season to give Portland a 1-0 lead going into the second.
Kootenay tied the game 1:08 into the second period on a goal by Levi Cable, then took a 2-1 lead at the 10:52 mark on a goal by Kyle O’Connor, a lead they took into the third period.
The game remained 2-1 until midway through the third period. With the Hawks controlling play and generating numerous chances, they broke through at the 11:37 mark on a goal by Nic Petan to even the game at 2-2. Portland continued applying pressure, and at the 17:34 mark, Petan scored a power play goal to put the Hawks ahead 3-2. Brendan Leipsic added an empty net goal with 20.8 seconds remaining to give the Hawks the 4-2 win.
Mac Carruth got the win in net, stopping 20 of 22 shots for his 10th victory of the season. Kootenay netminder Wyatt Hoflin stopped 45 of the 48 Portland shots he faced in the loss.
With an assist, Brendan Leipsic extended his point streak to 12 games, including 10 multi-point games in a row. He has 10 goals and 18 assists for 28 points during his point streak.
Petan’s point streak reached seven games with his two goals, and he’s posted seven goals and eight assists for 15 points during that span. Rattie’s two assists Friday gave him points in 17 of his last 18 games, with 15 goals and 19 assists for 34 points in that span. Portland was 1-5 on the power play and 1-1 on the penalty kill.
The Hawks are back in action Saturday night at 7 p.m. in Seattle as they take on the Thunderbirds.