Portland Winterhawks soar past Seattle Thunderbirds | Hockey

The Portland Winterhawks defeated Seattle Thunderbirds 7-2 Saturday night at the ShoWare Center.

The T-Birds will face the Kelowna Rockets at the ShoWare Center on Tuesday, February 14, at 7:05pm.

Portland (37-15-2-1) scored two goals in the first period. Cam Reid scored the first goal at 8:20. Brendan Leipsic made it 2-0 at 16:22.

Seattle (19-34-1-1) got on the board at 2:22 of the second on a goal by Burke Gallimore. Colin Jacobs had the puck at the top of the right circle and passed it to Shea Theodore at the right point. Theodore sent the puck towards the net, and Gallimore tipped the puck just outside the crease past Portland goalie Mac Carruth's glove.

Portland scored four goals in the second period. Reid scored at 5:10 to make it 3-1. Oliver Gabriel scored Portland's fourth goal at 5:30. Sven Bartschi made it 5-1 at 12:49, and Ty Rattie made the score 6-1 with a power-play goal at 15:14.

The T-Birds replaced goalie Calvin Pickard with Daniel Cotton after the sixth Portland goal. Pickard saved 25 of 31 Portland shots on goal and his record is now 19-29-1-1.

At 7:04 of the third period, Reid scored to put Portland ahead 7-1.

The T-Birds scored their second goal at 9:40 of the third on a power-play goal by Luke Lockhart. Seth Swenson took the puck around the left circle and sent it across to Brendan Rouse at the top of the right circle. Rouse carried the puck low and then backhanded the puck to Lockhart at the top of the crease. Lockhart put it through Carruth for his 11th goal of the season.

Cotton stopped 16 of 17 shots in just under 25 minutes of action.

Portland finished with a 48-20 advantage in shots on goal.

Carruth saved 18 of 20 shots to improve his record to 34-13-1-0.

T-Birds single game tickets for the 2011-12 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 currently on sale. Season tickets can be purchased by calling the T-Birds office at 253-239-7825.


First period - 1, Portland, Reid 6 (Leipsic, Pouliot), 8:20. 2, Portland, Leipsic 20 (Reid, Pouliot), 16:22. Penalties - No penalties.

Second period - 3, Seattle, Gallimore 20 (Jacobs, Theodore), 2:22. 4, Portland, Reid 7 (Ross, Leipsic), 5:10. 5, Gabriel 10 (Peters, Bartschi), 5:30. 6, Portland, Bartschi (Peters, Gabriel), 12:49. 7, Portland, Rattie 44 (Bartschi, Rutkowski), 15:14 (pp). Penalties - Hauf, Sea (roughing), 14:38.

Third period - 8, Portland, Reid 8 (Gabriel, Wotherspoon), 7:04 (pp). 9, Lockhart 20 (Rouse, Swenson), 9:40 (pp). Jacobs, Sea (tripping, ten-minute misconduct), 18:01.Penalties - Pouliot, Por (slashing), 1:55. Honey, Sea (boarding), 5:04. Castro, Por (ten-minute misconduct), 8:54. Bartschi, Por (interference), 8:54. Deagle, Sea (roughing), 14:03. Jacobs, Sea (tripping, 10-minute misconduct), 18:01.

Shots on goal - Seattle 6-6-8 20. Portland 18-14-16 48. Goalies - Seattle, Pickard 31 shots-25 saves (19-29-1-1), Seattle, Cotton 17-16; Portland, Carruth 20-18 (34-13-1-0).Power plays - Seattle 1-2; Portland 2-4. A - 4,512. Referee - Matt Kirk, Pat Smith.Linesmen - Kevin Boris, Zach Brooks.

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