PORTLAND, Ore. - Ty Rattie scored on a penalty shot and added two assists as the Portland Winterhawks downed the visiting Kamloops Blazers 4-1 on Friday in Western Hockey League playoff action.
Kamloops led early, but Portland rallied with four unanswered goals to take a 1-0 lead in the best-of-seven Western Conference final.
Kornelson gave the Blazers the lead just 2:10 into the game after beating Portland goaltender Mac Carruth high for his first goal of the post-season.
Leier's deflection on a Chase De Leo pass evened things up for Portland at 15:03 and Rattie cashed in on a penalty shot after he was slashed by Blazers defenceman Joel Edmundson on a short-handed breakaway just over two minutes later.
After a scoreless second period, Rutkowski put home a rebound past Blazers goalie Cole Cheveldave at 3:17 of the third.
Leipsic put the game out of reach with a goal with 6:00 left in regulation.
Carruth made 33 saves to earn the win as Cheveldave stopped 37 shots in defeat.
Portland went 1 for 3 on the power play while Kamloops failed to score on five chances with the man advantage.
Rattie was whistled for a major penalty and a game misconduct for checking from behind late in the third period.
Game 2 is scheduled for Saturday in Portland.