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Winterhawks take Game 1 win in OT 4-3

by Staff Writer / New York Islanders
Ty Rattie scored a power play goal 55 seconds into overtime to give the Portland Winterhawks a 4-3 win over the Kootenay Ice in Game 1 of the Western Hockey League Finals Friday in front of 7,595 fans at the Rose Garden.

It was Rattie’s seventh goal of the postseason, and his third straight game with a goal. The win also snapped Kootenay’s 11-game winning streak that dated back to the first round.

Rattie also had an assist in the game, on a goal just 2:06 into the game when Sven Bartschi flew down the wing and fired a shot past Kootenay netminder Nathan Lieuwen to give Portland the early 1-0 lead. But the Ice responded at the 6:31 mark when defenseman Hayden Rintoul scored to even the game at 1-1.

Portland regained the lead at the 12:51 mark of the first period when Portland had the Ice scrambling in their own end. After sustained pressure, Troy Rutkowski fed Ryan Johansen in the slot, who faked a shot and drew the Ice’s defenders to him, before feeding Bartschi, who was alone at the side of the net and put it in for his second of the game to give Portland a 2-1 lead.

Kootenay evened it once again at the 17:50 mark on a goal by Joe Antilla to make it 2-2, but the Winterhawks struck again with just 3.9 seconds left in the period when Nino Niederreiter scored on a rebound to make it 3-2 going into the second period.

After a scoreless second, the Ice tied it at the 11:11 mark when Kevin King scored to even the game at 3-3, which would last through regulation and set up Rattie’s winner.

Mac Carruth got the win in net for Portland, stopping 39 of 42 shots. Lieuwen made 30 saves on the 34 shots he faced from Portland.

The Winterhawks were 1-6 on the power play, and a perfect 5-5 on the penalty kill.

Game Two of the series will be tomorrow night at 7 p.m. at the Rose Garden.

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