Sunday, May 5, 2013

WINTERHAWKS EVEN UP WHL CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES

Press Release

Ty Rattie got his 16th goal of the playoffs and the 46th goal of his WHL playoff career to lead the Portland Winterhawks to a 3-0 win over the Edmonton Oil Kings on Saturday night at the in Game 2 of the 2013 WHL Championship series at the Rose Garden in Portland, OR.

Rattie’s 46th career playoff goal, scored on a power play midway through the first period, leaves him one shy of tying the WHL record of 47 career playoff markers, set by Mark Pederson of the Medicine Hat Tigers in 1988.  More importantly, Rattie’s marker helped the Hawks even up the best-of-seven Championship series at a game apiece.

Mac Carruth turned in a 16-save effort to post his fourth shutout of the 2013 WHL playoffs, netting his 45th career playoff win.

Brendan Leipsic and Oliver Bjorkstrand scored just 1:25 apart in the late stages of the second period to put the Winterhawks in control of the contest.

Laurent Brossoit turned aside 33 of 36 shots he faced in a losing cause for the Oil Kings, who were scoreless on three power play chances while giving up one goal on seven Winterhawks’ power play opportunities.

The 2013 WHL Championship series heads back to Edmonton for Games 3 and 4 on Tuesday and Wednesday.

 (Nathan can be reached at nathanfournier@mainehockeyjournal.com)

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