12/2/11 – Portland 5 – Everett 1 – Rose Garden: The Portland Winterhawks extended their home winning streak to eight games with a 5-1 win over the Everett Silvertips .
The Hawks carried play for much of the first period, outshooting Everett 17-5, and scored the lone goal of the first at the 14:00 mark on a power play goal by Oliver Gabriel, who was playing his first game back with the Hawks.
Portland extended the lead at the 3:10 mark of the second when Brendan Leipsic slid a backhand past Silvertips netminder Kent Simpson to make it 2-0, with Gabriel registering an assist for his second point of the night. Everett got on the board with just under three minutes remaining in the second when Josh Birkholz scored to cut Portland’s lead to 2-1 heading into the third period.
The Hawks regained the two-goal lead early in the third when Taylor Leier came out from behind the Everett net and put it past Simpson to make it 3-1 at the 2:39 mark. Portland then made it 4-1 at the 12:24 mark when Sven Bartschi scored on a power play, his 12th of the season, and wrapped up the 5-1 victory on a goal by Chase De Leo with 46.7 seconds remaining.
The Winterhawks held a significant edge in shots on goal throughout the game, finishing with a 43-23 advantage. Mac Carruth stopped 22 of the Everett shots he faced, while his counterpart Simpson made 38 saves for the Silvertips.
Power Plays: Portland 2 for 4, Everett 0-5
12/3/11 – Portland 7 – Seattle 1 – Rose Garden: The Portland Winterhawks hosted the annual Teddy Bear Toss Saturday, and for the second straight year it was Ty Rattie bringing out the bears, as he scored 2:52 into the game en route to a 7-1 win over the Seattle Thunderbirds.
Rattie’s goal brought 10,249 stuffed animals cascading onto the ice. It was just the beginning for Rattie, who also had three assists to finish with four points.
It was Portland’s ninth straight home win, and fourth straight overall. They tied a season-high with seven goals, and set a new season-high with 60 shots on goal, including 29 in the first period alone when they scored four times to jump out to an early lead.
Once play resumed after Rattie’s goal, Winterhawks defenseman Tyler Wotherspoon put the Hawks up 2-0 at the 4:42 mark on a shot from the right faceoff circle, his fourth goal of the season. The Hawks then got two goals from Taylor Leier before the end of the period as they took a commanding 4-0 lead into the intermission.
Midway through the second with the Hawks on a 5-on-3 power play, defenseman Joe Morrow fired a slapshot off a one-timer past Seattle netminder Calvin Pickard to make it 5-0. Portland then extended the lead to 6-0 with another power play goal at the 16:43 mark when Brad Ross put it past Pickard. Along with the six-goal lead, Portland took a 45-17 advantage in shots on goal into the second intermission.
Seattle made a goaltending change to open the third period, replacing Pickard with Daniel Cotton, then got on the board with a goal from Burke Gallimore at the 4:31 mark to make it 6-1. But that would be as close as they would get. Portland forward Joey Baker scored his first career WHL goal on a power play at the 18:09 mark to round out the scoring and give the Hawks the 7-1 win.
Mac Carruth was solid in net for Portland, picking up the win with 26 saves on 27 shots. Pickard allowed six goals on 45 shots through two periods. Cotton made 14 saves in relief in the third.
Power Plays: Portland 4 for 8, Seattle 0 for 3
Goals Scored: Portland 12 – Opponents 2 (Season – Portland 129 – Opponents 102)
Shots: Portland 103 – Opponents 50 (Season – Portland 1208, Opponents 914)
Power Play: 6 for 12 – 50.0% (Season – 29.9% – 2nd in WHL)
Penalty Kill: 8 for 8 – 100.0% (Season – 82.2% – 3rd in WHL)
Kemper’s Three Stars of the Week:
1. Ty Rattie: Ho hum…1-4-5 in 2 games…getting to be old hat for the Rat.
2. Sven Bartschi: See above…1-3-4 in 2 games.
3. Mac Carruth: Quietly, a 2-0-0-0 record with a 1.00 GAA, .960 save %.
Taylor Leier: 3-0-3 in 2 games
Joey Baker: 1-2-3 in 2 games
Derrick Pouliot: 0-4-4 in 2 games
Joey Baker – 1st Career WHL Goal (12/3)
Oliver Gabriel added to roster from Springfield Falcons of the AHL.
Zach Paterson and Tyler Sandhu signed to WHL Education Contracts.
What to watch for in the week ahead:
Back to back games in Prince George followed by a game in Vancouver on Friday and then the Tri-City Americans on Sunday.
No time for me to do much detail, but another busy week for your Winterhawks.