PORTLAND, Ore. - Sven Bartschi scored twice and added two assists as the Portland Winterhawks cruised to a 6-1 victory over the Brandon Wheat Kings Saturday night in the Western Hockey League.
Portland defenceman Joseph Morrow, a first-round pick of Pittsburgh in June?s NHL Draft, scored his first goal in five games since being sent back to the WHL by the Penguins.
Chase De Leo, a 16-year-old from La Mirada, Calif., scored his first career WHL goal for the Winterhawks (5-4-1) in the second period.
Michael Ferland scored his team-leading eighth goal of the season for the Wheat Kings (5-3-1), who are in the middle of a five-game road trip through the WHL?s U.S. Division. Mark Stone assisted on the goal, tying him with Medicine Hat?s Emerson Etem for the league lead with 21 points in nine games.
Portland led 2-0 through one period on goals by Brad Ross and Ty Rattie. Bartschi?s first goal early in the second gave the Winterhawks a three-goal cushion, but Ferland?s marker 84 seconds later made it 3-1.
De Leo and Morrow scored 45 seconds apart midway through the second period to chase Wheat Kings goaltender Liam Liston, who stopped 23 of 28 shots. Corbin Boes allowed a goal on 10 shots in relief.
Bartschi scored on the power play with 12:13 left in the game to provide the final margin.
Mac Carruth earned the win in net for Portland, making 23 saves.