The Tri-City Americans have dominated the U.S. Division of the Western Hockey League all season, but they now have some company at the top.
Sven Bartschi scored a goal and added two assists to lead the Portland Winterhawks to a 5-3 win over the Americans on Wednesday, pulling Portland into a first place tie atop the division with 16 games remaining. The Winterhawks clinched a playoff spot with the win.
The Winterhawks have won three straight over the Americans after dropping the first five meetings between the teams this season.
Portland (38-15-3) peppered Tri-City goaltender Ty Rimmer with 25 shots in the first period, getting goals from Bartschi and Oliver Gabriel in the first 10 minutes to build a 2-0 advantage.
The Americans (38-15-3) rallied on a short-handed goal by Brendan Shinnimin and a Jordan Messier power-play marker to tie the game 2-2 through one period, despite getting just seven shots on Portland's Mac Carruth.
Elsewhere in the WHL it was: Moose Jaw 5 Saskatoon 2; Swift Current 4 Prince Albert 3 (OT); Brandon 4 Lethbridge 2; Regina 3 Medicine Hat 1; Calgary 5 Victoria 3; Prince George 3 Red Deer 1; Oil Kings 6 Rockets 3; and Vancouver 2 Spokane 1.
At Portland, the Winterhawks took control of the game in the second period. Marcel Noebels and Troy Rutkowski scored on odd-man rushes to make it 4-2, then Brad Ross banked a pass off the Americans' Zachary Yuen and into the net to give the Winterhawks a three-goal lead through 40 minutes.
Connor Rankin scored with 12 seconds left in regulation to provide the final margin.
Rimmer stopped 45 of 50 shots in a losing effort, while Carruth made 23 saves in victory.
Portland finished 2-for-7 on the power play, while Tri-City went 1-for-3.
Warriors 5 Blades 2
At Moose Jaw, Sask., Kenton Miller scored a hat trick and the Warriors (36-15-6) had five straight goals to beat Saskatoon (34-23-1).
Broncos 4 Raiders 3 (OT)
At Prince Albert, Sask., Taylor Vause scored in overtime as Swift Current (21-31-6) beat the Raiders (18-35-4).
Wheat Kings 4 Hurricanes 2
At Lethbridge, Alta., Brenden Walker scored three goals as the Brandon (30-26-3) beat the Hurricanes (22-36-1).
Pats 3 Tigers 1
At Medicine Hat, Alta., Jordan Weal had a goal and an assist as Regina (30-22-6) beat the Tigers (35-19-4).
Hitmen 5 Royals 3
At Victoria, Calgary (33-22-3) overcame an early two-goal deficit and cruised to a win over the Royals (17-34-6).
Cougars 3 Rebels 1
At Prince George, B.C., Drew Owsley made 38 saves as the Prince Cougars (18-35-2) beat Red Deer (25-26-5).
Oil Kings 6 Rockets 3
At Kelowna, B.C., Tyler Maxwell sparked a five-goal barrage for Edmonton, scoring back-to-back markers in the second period, and the Oil Kings dumped the Rockets.
Giants 2 Chiefs 1
At Spokane, Wash., Adam Morrison made 32 saves as Vancouver (34-21-3) edged the Chiefs (31-18-7).