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Rookie Bittner with three points as the Winterhawks edge the Americans

Saturday, 12.29.2012 / 9:14 PM / News

The Canadian Press

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Rookie Bittner with three points as the Winterhawks edge the Americans

PORTLAND, Ore. - Rookie Paul Bittner scored two goals and added an assist as the Portland Winterhawks defeated the visiting Tri-City Americans 4-3 on Saturday in Western Hockey League action.

Brendan Leipsic and Nicolas Petan also scored for the Winterhawks (31-5-1), who have won eight straight games and 20 of their last 21.

Connor Rankin scored twice for the Americans (20-14-3), who also got a goal from Brian Williams.

Bittner, a 16-year-old, gave Portland a 1-0 lead at 11:04 of the first period and Petan made it 2-0 after 20 minutes of play.

The Americans scored all three of their goals in the second period, with Leipsic answering for Portland to make it 3-3 through two periods of play.

Bittner scored the game-winner on the power play with 8:25 left in regulation, redirecting a shot by Troy Rutkowski past Tri-City netminder Luke Lee-Knight.

Mac Carruth made 29 saves to earn the win for Portland as Lee-Knight stopped 26 shots in defeat.

Portland went 1 for 3 with the man advantage, while Tri-City finished 1 for 2.

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I remember the first time at Wrigley Field all of us had the long johns, the turtlenecks and the extra equipment because we were afraid of being cold. Halfway through the first period everybody's ripping everything off and we just ended up wearing what we would normally wear for a game at the United Center.

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