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Five different players score as the Winterhawks down the Thunderbirds

Saturday, 12.01.2012 / 2:04 AM / News

The Canadian Press

PORTLAND, Ore. - Two days after being handed the stiffest sanctions in the history of the Western Hockey League, the Portland Winterhawks showed no signs of slowing down on the ice.

Five different players scored for the Winterhawks as they downed the visiting Seattle Thunderbirds 5-2 on Friday for their fifth straight win and 17th in 18 games.

Oliver Bjorkstrand, Seth Jones, Taylor Peters and Ty Rattie each had a goal and an assist for Portland (21-4-1) and Taylor Leier added a single goal.

Justin Hickman and Roberts Lipsbergs each scored for Seattle (12-13-1).

Mac Carruth made 31 saves to win for the 12th time in 13 starts this season for Portland, while Seattle goaltender Brandon Glover stopped 47 of the 51 shots he faced.

Seattle went 1 for 7 on the power play, with all of its chances coming in the first two periods. Portland went scoreless on five opportunities with the man advantage.

On Wednesday, the WHL fined the Winterhawks $200,000 and docked them nine Bantam draft picks over the next five years for violating the league's regulations regarding player benefits. Head coach and general manager Mike Johnston was also suspended for the rest of the season.

Assistant coach Travis Green, who has taken over for Johnston in both roles, had previously filled in for Johnston several times over the past four years, and his victory behind the bench Friday was his fourth as Portland's head coach.

I've been getting frustrated lately, and the only thing keeping me sane was the team winning and other people stepping up and scoring. Then you just kind of let it go and realize you can end the series with one shot, that frustration goes away for a brief moment, and that's what happened.

— Montreal forward Max Pacioretty after scoring the OT winner in Game 4 -- his first career playoff goal -- to eliminate the Lightning and send the Canadiens into the second round