PORTLAND, Ore. - Connor Rankin had two goals and an assist and goaltender Luke Lee-Knight stopped 44 shots as the Tri-City Americans beat the host Portland Winterhawks 3-2 Friday night in Western Hockey League action.
The Winterhawks dominated the game territorially, outshooting the Americans 46-13 for the game, but were repeatedly denied by Lee-Knight, a 19-year-old making his second start since joining Tri-City in November. Eric Comrie had started 28 of the Americans' 30 previous games in net.
Tri-City (18-11-2) made the most of limited opportunities in the game, and took a 1-0 lead in the first period when Rankin intercepted a pass by Portland's Kirill Vorobev and beat goaltender Mac Carruth from close range.
The Americans went up 3-0 in the second period with 5-on-3 power-play goals by Rankin and Malte Stromwall.
Ty Rattie and Nicolas Petan scored in the third period to make things interesting, but the Winterhawks could not pull even.
Portland (23-5-1) had a seven-game winning streak end with the loss. The Winterhawks also saw a 12-game home winning streak vanish.
Carruth made 10 saves in defeat for the Winterhawks.
Tri-City went 2 for 6 on the power play while Portland failed to score on six chances with the man advantage.