PORTLAND, Ore. - Oliver Gabriel scored three consecutive goals as the Portland Winterhawks set a new franchise record with their 17th consecutive home win, beating the league-leading Tri-City Americans 5-1 Monday afternoon in Western Hockey League action.
The Winterhawks' previous record for home-ice dominance in their 36-year history was 16 games in the 1993-94 season.
Ty Rattie scored his league-leading 40th goal of the season in the third period for Portland (30-12-3).
Tri-City led 1-0 after one period on an unassisted goal by Patrick Holland. Portland rallied to take a 2-1 lead through two periods on goals by Troy Rutkowski and Gabriel.
Gabriel scored twice in the third to break the game open, and Rattie's goal with 2:59 remaining in regulation closed the scoring.
Mac Carruth stopped 24 of 25 shots to earn the win for Portland, while Tri-City counterpart Ty Rimmer made 35 saves on 40 shots.
Portland went 1-for-5 on the power play, while Tri-City finished 0-for-5.
The Americans (33-10-0) have lost three of four, but still hold a three-point lead over Portland in the Western Conference.