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Winterhawks fly past Thunderbirds, 6-1


The Portland Winterhawks defeated the Seattle Thunderbirds 6-1 Saturday night at the Rose Garden in Portland.

Seattle (5-5-0-0) jumped out to a 1-0 lead 1:35 into the game. The T-Birds hemmed the Winterhawks in their end to start the game. Connor Honey's forecheck caused a turnover and he got the puck to Connor Sanvido in the left circle. Sanvido lifted a backhand across the ice to Luke Lockhart in the right circle. Lockhart snapped the puck over Portland goalie Mac Carruth's blocker for his sixth goal of the season.

Portland (8-3-1-0) tied the game 1-1 at 7:55 of the first on a goal from Dominic Turgeon. Chase De Leo and Troy Rutkowski had the assists on the goal that came in a four-on-four situation.

The Winterhawks took a 2-1 lead at 12:21 of the first when Taylor Peters scored. De Leo had the only assist on the goal.

Portland outshot Seattle 13-8 in the first period.

The Winterhawks extended the lead 3-1 by scoring a power-play goal with one second left in the second period. Troy Rutkowski got the goal off assists from Nic Petan and Peters.

The Winterhawks outshot the T-Birds 15-3 in the second period and led 28-11 in total shots after 40 minutes.

The Winterhawks scored three goals in the last four minutes of the third period to skate away with the game. De Leo scored at 16:32, Ty Rattie at 17:19 and Keegan Iverson at 18:27.

Portland outshot Seattle 43-23 in the game.

Seattle goalie Brandon Glover stopped 37 of 43 shots and his record is now 5-3-0-0.

Carruth made 22 saves on 23 shots and his record is now 3-0-0-0.

The T-Birds return home on Friday, Oct. 26, to take on the Tri-City Americans at 7:35 p.m. at ShoWare Center.

T-Birds single game tickets for the 2012-13 season are available online at the T-Birds website and at the ShoWare Center box office. The ShoWare Center Box Office is open Monday through Friday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday game days at 10 a.m. and Sunday game days at noon.

T-Birds season tickets are on sale. Season tickets can be purchased by calling the T-Birds office at 253-239-7825.


First period - 1, Seattle, Lockhart 6 (Sanvido, Honey), 1:35. 2, Portland, Turgeon 1 (De Leo, Rutkowski), 7:55. Penalties - De Champlain, Por (major-fighting), 3:17. Wardley, Sea (major-fighting), 3:17. Rattie, Por (roughing), 7:26. Forsberg, Sea (roughing), 7:26. Baker, Por (checking to the head, roughing), 8:53. Lockhart, Sea (roughing), 8:53. Rattie, Por (embellishment), 9:33. Theodore, Sea (hooking), 9:33. Delnov, Sea (tripping), 16:50.

Second period - 4, Portland, Rutkowski 1 (Petan, Peters), 19:59 (pp). Penalties - Sheen, Sea (slashing), 12:05. Lockhart, Sea (high-sticking), 12:40. Green, Sea (hooking), 19:58.

Third period - 5, Portland, De Leo 4 (Petan, Rattie), 16:32. 6, Portland, Rattie 8 (Petan, Wotherspoon), 17:19. 7, Portland, Iverson 1 (Wotherspoon, Hanson), 18:27. Penalties - Baker, Por (interference), :11. Pouliott, Por (boarding), 3:13. De Champlain, Por (roughing), 6:29. Forsberg, Sea (roughing), 6:29. Forsberg, Sea (interference, major-fighting), 14:09. De Champlain, Por (instigator, major-fighting, 10-minute misconduct), 14:09.

Shots on goal - Seattle 8-3-12 23, Portland 13-15-15 43. Goalies - Seattle, Glover 43 shots-37 saves (5-3-0-0); Portland, Carruth 23-22 (3-0-0-0). Power plays - Seattle 0-3; Portland 1-4. A - 8,670. Referee - Steve Papp, Jeff Ingram. Linesmen - Jarrod Bowman, Tim Digby.

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