Chase De Leo's goal early in the third period snapped a 1-1 tie and the Portland Winterhawks closed round-robin play at the 2013 MasterCard Memorial Cup by beating the host Saskatoon Blades 4-2 on Wednesday at Credit Union Centre.
Ty Rattie and Brendan Leipsic also had goals as part of a three-goal third period for Portland. Derrick Pouliot also scored for the Winterhawks, and goalie Mac Carruth, a Chicago Blackhawks prospect, made 29 saves.
"They are tight defensively and we knew it would be hard, so to get three quick [goals] like that was really big for the boys, gave us a bit more confidence and a little bit more leeway defensively, and ultimately puts us through to the semifinal," Rattie, who now is tied for the tournament lead with four goals and is second with seven points, told the CHL website.
The win sends Portland, the Western Hockey League champions, to the semifinal game, which will be played Friday. Saskatoon will face the London Knights in the tie-breaker game Thursday, with the winner playing Portland. London beat Saskatoon 3-2 in the tournament's opening game May 17.