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Rattie sets franchise point record as Winterhawks take 1-0 series lead

Saturday, 04.06.2013 / 1:04 AM / News

The Canadian Press

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Rattie sets franchise point record as Winterhawks take 1-0 series lead

PORTLAND, Ore. - Ty Rattie scored three goals in the third period as the Portland Winterhawks beat the Spokane Chiefs 7-2 in Western Hockey League playoff action.

Rattie took over the league lead in playoff goals with nine, and became Portland's all-time leader in playoff scoring. The 20-year-old now has 72 career post-season points in 62 games, besting the old record of 71 held by Randy Heath.

Portland's Oliver Bjorkstrand continued his success against the Chiefs, scoring twice and adding an assist. The Danish rookie has scored 10 times in nine games against Spokane, including the regular season.

Defenceman Derrick Pouliot had a goal and three assists for the Winterhawks, who also got a goal from Taylor Leier.

Mike Aviani and Todd Fiddler scored for the Chiefs, who gave up five straight goals after tying the game 2-2 in the second period.

Leier and Aviani traded goals in the first period to make it 1-1 after 20 minutes of play.

Bjorkstrand put Portland up 2-1 early in the second period, but the Chiefs answered when Fiddler beat the Winterhawks to a long clearance and scored on a wraparound to even the score.

Portland reclaimed the lead with just over five minutes left in the second on Bjorkstrand's second goal. Then Pouliot scored on an end-to-end rush less than three minutes later to put the Winterhawks up 4-2 through 40 minutes.

Rattie connected on the power play 47 seconds into the third period to push Portland's lead to three, then added goals at 5:28 and 16:23 to round out the scoring.

Mac Carruth stopped 38 shots to earn the win in net for Portland as Eric Williams made 32 saves for Spokane.

Portland scored twice on eight power-play chances, while the Chiefs went 0 for 3.

The Winterhawks lead the best-of-seven Western Conference quarterfinal 1-0, with Game 2 on Saturday in Portland.

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I downplayed the first one because I thought it's just a hockey game. We just want to win the game; it's against our rival and we want the two points. I downplayed it, but now having gone through the first one I look back and say, 'Geez, that was really cool.' I think as I've grown a bit older I've got a lot more appreciation for what we're allowed to do every day.

— Capitals forward Brooks Laich on the 2015 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic, the second one of his career after 2011 in Pittsburgh