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Rattie leads Winterhawks over Blazers 4-1 as Portland wins WHL West final

Saturday, 04.27.2013 / 1:04 AM / News

The Canadian Press

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Rattie leads Winterhawks over Blazers 4-1 as Portland wins WHL West final

PORTLAND, Ore. - Ty Rattie scored a crucial short-handed goal and added a power-play assist in the third period Friday as the Portland Winterhawks defeated the Kamloops Blazers 4-1 to win the Western Hockey League's Western Conference final in five games.

Seth Jones, Taylor Leier and Nicolas Petan had the other goals for Portland, which outscored Kamloops 16-7 in the series to win its third straight conference title.

Chase De Leo and Derrick Pouliout added two assists each for the Winterhawks, who got 23 saves from Mac Carruth.

The Winterhawks will take on the winner of the Edmonton Oil Kings and Calgary Hitmen series in the WHL final. Edmonton leads that one 3-2, with Game 6 set for Sunday in Calgary.

JC Lipon had the only goal for Kamloops, which reached the conference final for the first time since 1999. Cole Cheveldave stopped 37 shots in taking the loss.

Tied 1-1 after the first period, the Winterhawks took the lead at 4:23 of the second when Leier scored off a 2-on-1 rush.

Rattie then added the backbreaker midway through the third period on a short-handed breakaway off a Kamloops' turnover. Petan erased any doubt with a power-play goal with 6:02 left in regulation.

Jones opened the scoring on the power play with a long shot through a screen 7:53 into the game, but Lipon sent the teams to the intermission thanks to a goal with 36 seconds left in the period.

Rattie, who was named the series MVP, leads the WHL with 15 goals and 31 points in 15 post-season games.

Portland went 2-for-5 on the power play, while Kamloops went 0-for-2.

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