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Winterhawks score six straight goals, win eighth in a row, 6-2 over Royals

Sunday, 11.04.2012 / 1:04 AM / News

The Canadian Press

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Winterhawks score six straight goals, win eighth in a row, 6-2 over Royals

PORTLAND, Ore. - The Portland Winterhawks won their eighth in a row, as they rallied from a 2-0 deficit in the first period to dump the Victoria Royals 6-2 in WHL action Saturday.

Jamie Crooks and Alex Gogolev gave Victoria (9-8-0) a 2-0 lead midway through the first period before the Winterhawks (12-3-1) scored six unanswered goals to send the Royals to their fourth straight loss.

Keegan Iverson scored the first Portland goal at 12:37 of the first period.

Ty Rattie scored the equalizer at 1:36 of the second period, and Troy Rutkowski got the winner with his first of two goals at 12:50 of the second while the Winterhawks were short-handed.

Brendan Leipsic and Nicolas Petan scored in the third period before Rutkowski scored again on the power play at 10:08.

The Winterhawks also beat the Royals 6-2 Friday in Portland, and have outscored their opponents 44-12 during their eight-game winning streak.

Mac Carruth improved to 5-0 in net for Portland, making 30 saves. Carruth has yet to allow more than two goals in a game this season.

Victoria's Coleman Vollrath stopped 39 shots.

The Royals went 1-for-7 on the power play, while the Winterhawks finished 1-for-3.

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That's a really tough thing to play through; when you finally are thrown out there, the game is fast, intense, every single play matters, you've got to find a way to play through that and make smart plays. So it's a huge testament to [Vermette] and some other individuals in our locker room that are putting their own ego, their own wants and needs aside, and are ready for those opportunities when they do come.

— Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews on teammate Antoine Vermette, who returned from being a healthy scratch in Game 3 to score the double-overtime winner in Game 4