PORTLAND, Ore. - Sven Bartschi scored four goals, including two shorthanded as the Portland Winterhawks beat the Seattle Thunderbirds 7-3 Saturday afternoon to remain in first place overall in the Western Hockey League.
Bartschi, a first-round pick of the Calgary Flames in 2011, now has 31 goals and 92 points in 46 games this season.
Ty Rattie tallied his 53rd goal of the season for Portland (46-15-4), which also got goals from Cam Reid and Derrick Pouliot.
Burke Gallimore notched his team-leading 20th of the season for Seattle (21-41-2), which stayed in ninth place in the WHL's Western Conference.
Connor Sanvido and former Winterhawk Seth Swenson added the other goals for the Thunderbirds.
Portland led 1-0 after one period, but scored three goals in each of the last two periods to reach at least seven for the fourth consecutive game against Seattle.
Brendan Burke stopped 25 of 28 shots to earn the victory in net for Portland, while the Thunderbirds' Calvin Pickard turned away 40 shots in defeat.
The Winterhawks went 2-for-5 with the man advantage, and the Thunderbirds finished 1-for-7 and allowed the two shorthanded goals to Bartschi.