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Petan hits 40-goal mark as the Winterhawks beat the Rockets

Sunday, 02.10.2013 / 1:24 AM / News

The Canadian Press

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Petan hits 40-goal mark as the Winterhawks beat the Rockets

KELOWNA, B.C. - Nicolas Petan scored three times as the Portland Winterhawks downed the host Kelowna Rockets 5-1 on Saturday in Western Hockey League play.

Petan's hat trick makes him the WHL's first 40-goal scorer of the season and he has a league-best 98 points in 56 games.

Ty Rattie had a goal and three assists for the Winterhawks (45-8-3) while Brendan Leipsic had a goal and two assists.

Colton Sissons scored the lone goal for the Rockets (40-13-4), who dropped back-to-back home games for the first time this season.

Mac Carruth made 31 saves for the win as Jordon Cooke took the loss after giving up five goals on 23 shots through two periods of play. Jackson Whistle replaced Cooke for the third period and stopped all 12 shots he faced in relief.

Portland went 1 for 6 on the power play while Kelowna failed to score on four chances with the man advantage.

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[He's] real confident with the puck now, getting it off his stick quick and no second-guessing. We need that. He's such a good guy in the room. He works so hard. That's the big thing. For not a big man, he just fights for every puck and when he scores, the guys appreciate that even more.

— Winnipeg Jets coach Paul Maurice on Mathieu Perreault, who scored two goals in win against Chicago Blackhawks on Tuesday