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Rankin with three points as the Americans snap the Winterhawks' seven-game win streak

Saturday, 12.08.2012 / 2:04 AM / News

The Canadian Press

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Rankin with three points as the Americans snap the Winterhawks' seven-game win streak

PORTLAND, Ore. - Connor Rankin had two goals and an assist and goaltender Luke Lee-Knight stopped 44 shots as the Tri-City Americans beat the host Portland Winterhawks 3-2 Friday night in Western Hockey League action.

The Winterhawks dominated the game territorially, outshooting the Americans 46-13 for the game, but were repeatedly denied by Lee-Knight, a 19-year-old making his second start since joining Tri-City in November. Eric Comrie had started 28 of the Americans' 30 previous games in net.

Tri-City (18-11-2) made the most of limited opportunities in the game, and took a 1-0 lead in the first period when Rankin intercepted a pass by Portland's Kirill Vorobev and beat goaltender Mac Carruth from close range.

The Americans went up 3-0 in the second period with 5-on-3 power-play goals by Rankin and Malte Stromwall.

Ty Rattie and Nicolas Petan scored in the third period to make things interesting, but the Winterhawks could not pull even.

Portland (23-5-1) had a seven-game winning streak end with the loss. The Winterhawks also saw a 12-game home winning streak vanish.

Carruth made 10 saves in defeat for the Winterhawks.

Tri-City went 2 for 6 on the power play while Portland failed to score on six chances with the man advantage.

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I don't think it's really truly going to sink in until we drop the puck, to be honest. I know there's going to be a lot of smoke and mirrors with the media attention and all that. We came [Monday] and it was sort of a light day to get things organized. We just want to focus in on the business aspect, the game itself. That's what we're preparing to do. Get these next couple of days out of the way and it's game on.

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