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Mac Carruth gets franchise-record 106th win as Winterhawks beat Cougars 3-0

Thursday, 01.10.2013 / 12:44 AM / News

The Canadian Press

PORTLAND, Ore. - Goaltender Mac Carruth made 23 saves in picking up his franchise-record 106th career victory as the Portland Winterhawks downed the Prince George Cougars 3-0 Wednesday in Western Hockey League action.

Carruth registered his fourth shutout of the season as Portland (35-5-1) won its 12th straight game.

Carruth passed Darrell May Sr., who won 105 games for the Winterhawks from 1978-82. May came on the ice after the game to congratulate Carruth.

Troy Rutkowski broke a scoreless tie late in the second period, and Brendan Leipsic and Taylor Leier added goals in the third period.

Ty Rattie set up two goals for the Winterhawks, and Nicolas Petan moved into the WHL's scoring lead with an assist. Petan, a 17-year-old who is eligible for this year's NHL draft, has 69 points in 41 games.

Prince George goaltender Mac Engel kept the game competitive, stopping 46 shots.. The Cougars (12-24-5) played with 16 skaters for the third straight game.

Each team got five power play opportunities in the game, with Rutkowski scoring on a 5-on-3 chance with 1:14 left in the second.

Leipsic scored at 3:50 of the third to make it 2-0, and Leier connected on a short-handed empty-netter at 18:31.

It means a lot to us, we're very excited. We're looking to continue to build on [our] top core talent of young players. It's just a great opportunity for us to really build high.

— Panthers vice president of hockey operations Travis Viola after Florida won the No. 1 pick in the NHL Draft Lottery