Winterhawks Defeat Seattle 8-2 Saturday

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Graham Kendrick
November 25, 2012, Portland, OR (ISN) – The Portland Winterhawks (20-4-1-0) defeated the Seattle Thunderbirds (11-12-1-0) by a score of 8-2 Saturday in Kent, WA.

The Hawks didn’t waste any time igniting their offense, as defenseman Troy Rutkowski scored just 30 seconds into the game to take an early 1-0 lead.Brendan Leipsic then scored a power play goal at the 15:01 mark to give the Hawks a 2-0 lead going into the second period.

Portland then exploded for two goals in the first three minutes of the second. Leipsic scored his second of the game just 57 seconds into the frame, followed at the 2:26 mark by a goal from Nic Petan to make it 4-0. After the fourth goal Seattle replaced starting netminder Brandon Glover with Justin Myles.

The change in net didn’t change Seattle’s fortunes, as the Hawks make it 5-0 at 6:03 mark on an unassisted goal by Chase De Leo. Portland continued applying pressure, and Oliver Bjorkstrand scored a power play goal at the 11:28 mark to take a 6-0 lead into the third period.

Seattle managed to get on the board with 16 seconds into the third on a goal by Connor Honey to make it 6-1. The Hawks went back up by six on Bjorkstrand’s second goal of the game at the 5:40 mark t make it 7-1, but his goal was followed 23 seconds later by a goal from Seattle’s Luke Lockhart to make it 7-2. The Hawks’ Presten Kopeck made it 8-2 with a goal at the 11:13 mark, which would stand as the final.

Mac Carruth earned the win with 27 saves on 29 shots for the Hawks. Both Glover and Myles each allowed four goals on 20 shots for Seattle,and with two goals and two assists in Saturday’s win, Brendan Leipsic extended his point streak to 13 games, including 11 multi-point games in a row. He has 12 goals and 20 assists for 32 points during his point streak.

Petan’s point streak reached eight games with his goal and assist, including four straight multi-point games, and he’s posted eight goals and nine assists for 17 points during that span.

Rattie’s three assists Saturday gave him points in 18 of his last 19 games, including four straight multi-point games, with 15 goals and 22 assists for 37 points in that span. Portland was 2-7 on the power play, and 6-6 on the penalty kill.

The Hawks are off until Friday, when they host the Thunderbirds at the Rose Garden at 7 p.m.

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