Ian Henry

Portland – The Portland Winterhawks defeated the Seattle Thunderbirds 2-0 Saturday night at the Rose Garden in Portland in the two team’s annual New Year’s Eve game.

Since 1995 the T-Birds have played on New Year’s Eve in Portland. The T-Birds are 8-8-1-0 all time against Portland on New Year’s Eve.

Portland (23-11-2-1) went in front 1-0 with 10 seconds left in the second period when Ty Rattie scored his 37th goal of the season. Troy Rutkowski and Taylor Peters had the assists.

Brendan Leipsic scored a power-play goal at 1:51 of the third period to give the Winterhawks a 2-0 lead. Dillon Wagner and William Wrenn were credited with assists.

Portland outshot Seattle 48-18 in the game.

Seattle goalie Calvin Pickard stopped 46 of 48 shots and his record is now 16-15-0-1.

Portland goalie Mac Carruth made 18 saves to get the shutout. His record is now 23-10-1-0.

The next game for Seattle (16-18-0-1) is Wednesday, January 4, against the Everett Silvertips at 7:05pm at Comcast Arena in Everett. The team then travels to Kennewick to take on the Tri-City Americans at 7:05 at Toyota Center on Friday, January 6. The T-Birds are back at ShoWare Center on Saturday, January 7, to face the Spokane Chiefs at 7:05pm

T-Birds single game tickets for the 2011-12 season are available online at the T-Birds website and at the ShoWare Center box office. The ShoWare Center Box Office is open Monday through Friday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday game days at 10 a.m. and Sunday game days at noon.

T-Birds season tickets are currently on sale. Season tickets can be purchased by calling the T-Birds office at 253-239-7825.


First period – No scoring. Penalties – Rattie, Por (slashing), 3:47. Sanvido, sea (hooking), 4:42. Hickman, Sea (roughing), 10:13. Ross, Por (roughing), 10:13. Theodore, Sea (cross checking), 12:50. Ross, Por (boarding), 13:18. Jacobs, Sea (goaltender interference), 19:35. Eviston, Por (double minor roughing), 19:35.

Second period – 1, Portland, Rattie 37 (Rutkowski, Peters), 19:51. Penalties – Elliot, Sea (hooking), 3:35. Jacobs, Sea (hooking), 12:56. Laroque, Sea (roughing), 15:37. Ross, Por (roughing), 15:37.

Third period – 2, Portland, Leipsic 12 (Wagner, Wrenn), 1:51 (pp). Penalties – Deagle, Sea (slashing), :32.Wardley, Sea (roughing), 5:41. De Leo, Por (tripping), 5:50. Baker, Por (roughing), 18:33.

Shots on goal – Seattle 6-3-9 18. Portland 14-23-11 48 Goalies – Seattle, Pickard 48 shots-46 saves (16-15-0-1); Portland, Carruth 18-18 (23-10-1-0). Power plays – Seattle 0-5; Portland 1-7. A – 10,356. Referee – Adam Byblow, Sean Raphael. Linesmen – Jarrod Bowman, Brian Fortin.