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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

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Five different players score as the Winterhawks down the Thunderbirds

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.

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We think that Randy is a very good coach. Our players think that Randy is a very good coach. We think that he's going to get the most out of this group. With the addition of the two assistants, a bit of a different dynamic, we're very comfortable that this is a quality coaching staff that's going to maximize the potential of this team.

— Maple Leafs GM Dave Nonis on head coach Randy Carlyle and his staff