January 12, 2013, (ISN) – The Portland Winterhawks (36-5-1-0) exploded for three late goals to win their 13th straight game with a 5-2 victory over the visiting Spokane Chiefs (27-14-1-0) Friday night at the Rose Garden in front of 8,378 fans.
The Hawks scored four goals in the third period, including three in a span of 1:39 late in the game to put the Chiefs away.
Portland opened the scoring 14:59 into the first when Nic Petan corralled a bouncing puck in front of Spokane’s net and beat Chiefs netminder Garret Hughson to make it 1-0. The Chiefs evened the game with just under a minute to go in the frame when Brenden Kichton scored on a five-on-three power play to make it 1-1.
Spokane took a 2-1 lead 5:14 into the second when Todd Fiddler put in a rebound for the lone goal of the frame.
The Hawks got the equalizer 6:44 into the third when Chase De Leo forced a turnover behind the Chiefs’ net, recovered the puck and beat Hughson to make it 2-2.
From there the Hawks exploded for three goals in a span of 1:39 late in the period to earn the win. The late barrage started at the 15:06 mark with a power play goal when Nic Petan fed Brendan Leipsic at the side of the net, who banged it in to make it 3-2. Then just 17 seconds after Leipsic’s goal Presten Kopeck deflected a Troy Rutkowski point shot past Hughson to give Portland a 4-2 lead. Rutkowski rounded out the scoring 1:22 later to give the Hawks the 5-2 victory.
Mac Carruth earned the win in net with 24 saves on 26 shots. Hughson took the loss with five goals allowed on 41 Portland shots.
Leipsic extended his point streak to 11 games with a goal and an assist, a stretch in which he has six goals and 14 assists for 20 points.
The Hawks are back in action with a road contest tomorrow night at 7 p.m. in Everett against the Silvertips.