One night after scoring the shootout winner, Derrick Pouliot had a four-point game as the Portland Winterhawks broke a 3-3 third period tie with three unanswered goals to finish with a 6-3 win in Seattle Saturday. The win over the Thunderbirds improved the Hawks’ record to 2-0.
The Winterhawks nearly doubled Seattle’s shot total with a 46-24 edge, including a 14-4 advantage in the first period, although neither team found the back of the net as the game remained a scoreless tie going into the second.
Seattle opened the scoring 2:53 into the second on a goal by Taylor Green, but the Winterhawks responded at the 8:22 mark on a power play goal by Ty Rattie, who earlier in the day flew back to the Pacific Northwest after being reassigned by the St. Louis Blues. Rattie’s goal was assisted by Brad Ross and Pouliot, and that trio teamed up again later in the period, with Ross scoring his first of the season at the 14:32 mark.
Early in the third, Seattle evened the game at 2-2 when Chance Lund scored 1:12 into the period. The Winterhawks went back on top with a power play goal at the 3:38 mark when Troy Rutkowski scored from the left faceoff circle to make it 3-2, but just a minute later Seattle tied it again when Marcel Noebels scored to make it 3-3.
But midway through the period, the Winterhawks got goals from Brendan Leipsic and Nic Petan just 39 seconds apart as they took a commanding 5-3 lead. Late in the game, Seattle pulled netminder Calvin Pickard for an extra attacker, and Rattie scored into the open net for his second of the game with 55 seconds remaining to give the Hawks a 6-3 win.
Pouliot had four assists on the night, while Rattie (two goals, one assist) and Ross (one goal, two assists), each had three points. Leipsic and Petan each finished with a goal and an assist.
Carruth made 21 saves on the night, while Pickard had 40 saves on the 45 Portland shots he faced.
The Winterhawks were 2-4 on the power play, and a perfect 2-2 on the penalty kill.
Portland wraps up their three games in three days stretch tomorrow in Kennewick, WA as they take on the Tri-City Americans at 5 p.m. That game can be heard live on winterhawks.com.