The Portland Winterhawks (17-9-1-1) got four goals from Ty Rattie, including a first period hat trick, en route to a 6-2 win over the Swift Current Broncos (11-14-2-1) Sunday at Veterans Memorial Coliseum. It was the Winterhawks’ seventh straight home win.
Rattie and linemate Sven Bartschi had an outstanding game, with Rattie finishing with four goals and an assist for five points, while Bartschi had four assists. Both players now rank among the top-five in league scoring.
The Winterhawks came out of the gates quickly, scorching Swift Current for five goals in the first period. Three of those goals came courtesy of Rattie, registering the Hawks’ first hat trick of the season in just 20 minutes of play.
Rattie opened the game with two straight goals in a span of 2:05 to give the Hawks a 2-0 lead. The top line struck again at the 12:45 mark when Nic Petan scored to give Portland a 3-0 lead.
Swift Current got one back with a power play goal from Adam Lowry at 17:28, but just 48 seconds later the Hawks rebounded with a power goal of their own from defenseman Joe Morrow to go up 4-1, then got the hat trick goal from Rattie with 19 seconds remaining in the period to take a 5-1 lead into the second.
The Broncos cut it to 5-2 with a power play goal from Ryon Moser at the 4:56 mark of the second, and that score would remain through the end of the frame.
Rattie struck again midway through the third period, scoring on a breakaway for his fourth of the game to give the Hawks a 6-2 lead that would stand as the final.
With a goal tonight Morrow extended his goal-scoring streak to five games. He finished with two points, as did Petan and Derrick Pouliot.
The Hawks are back in action Friday at 7 p.m. when they host the Everett Silvertips at the Rose Garden. The following night is the annual Teddy Bear Toss when the team hosts the Seattle Thunderbirds at 7 p.m. in the Rose Garden.