The Portland Winterhawks scored three times in the final 7:38 of regulation to break a tie and skate away with a 5-2 win over the Regina Pats in Western Hockey League action Tuesday.
The teams went into the second intermission tied 1-1, but Portland (15-8-2) scored four goals on 21 third-period shots to pull away late.
Joseph Morrow, Ty Rattie, Sven Bartschi and Brad Ross each scored for the Winterhawks in the final period. All four have been drafted in the first two rounds of the NHL Draft. Rattie?s goal ? a wrist-shot from his knees at 12:22 of the third ? proved to be the game-winner.
Elsewhere in the WHL it was: Calgary 6 Brandon 3; Saskatoon 4 Medicine Hat 3 (SO); and Kootenay 3 Prince George 2.
At Portland, Ore., Bartschi scored at 14:51 of the period to make it 4-2 and Ross added a 5-on-3 goal at 18:29 to round out the scoring.
Morrow led the Winterhawks with a goal and two assists. He scored 7:27 into the third on a 5-on-3 power play to give Portland its first lead at 2-1. Lane Scheidl scored on a short-handed breakaway to even the score at 11:14. Rattie?s goal came just over a minute later.
Chandler Stephenson gave Regina (12-9-2) a 1-0 lead early in the second period, but Portland?s Taylor Leier answered at 13:23 of the frame.
Portland finished 4-for-10 on the power play, while Regina was 0-for-4. The Winterhawks outshot the Pats 38-23.
Regina is 0-1-1 on a five-game road trip through the WHL's U.S. Division.
Hitmen 6 Wheat Kings 3
At Brandon, Man., Alex Gogolev scored twice as Calgary (11-10-2) defeated the Wheat Kings (16-8-2).
Blades 4 Tigers 3 (SO)
At Saskatoon, Jake Trask scored in regulation and added another goal in a shootout as the Blades beat Medicine Hat.
Ice 3 Cougars 2
Max Reinhart scored a short-handed goal in the third period to lead Kootenay over Prince George.