Hawks Take 3-0 Series Lead With 3-1 Game 3 Win

The Portland Winterhawks took a commanding 3-0 second round series lead over the Spokane Chiefs with a 3-1 Game 3 road win Tuesday.

The first period was scoreless until under a minute remained, as Ty Rattie scored a late goal to give Portland a 1-0 lead after 20 minutes.

Nic Petan made it a 2-0 lead at the 8:01 mark of the second, but Spokane got on the board with a power play goal by Blake Gal at the 16:24 mark to make it 2-1 going into the third. Gal’s goal was Spokane’s first since the second period of Game 1.

It remained a one-goal game until late in the third, and with Spokane netminder Eric Williams on the bench for an extra attacker, Taylor Leier scored into the empty net with 15 seconds remaining to seal the 3-1 win.

Portland goaltender Mac Carruth made2 5 saves on 26 shots to earn the win. Williams finished with 33 saves on 35 shots, with the Hawks adding the late empty net tally.

Petan finished with two points in the win with a goal and an assist.

The Hawks can win the series tomorrow night, with Game 4 set for 7 p.m. from Spokane.

Comments

MICHAEL S. HETHERINGTON
HUGE, HUGE PLAYOFF WIN AGAIN FOR OUR PORTLAND WINTERHAWKS! WAY TO GO HAWKS! THE SIGN OF A GREAT PLAYER IS HIS PERFORMANCE FROM THE REGULAR SEASON TO THE PLAYOFFS. WHILE SETH, NIC, TAYLOR, BRENDAN AND MANY OTHER HAWKS CONTINUE THEIR EXCELLENT TEAM PLAY, A SHOUT OUT NEEDS TO GO TO TY RATTIE AND THE MAN, MAC CARRUTH. TY IS SECOND IN TOTAL POINTS WITH 18. THE LINE OF TY RATTIE, NICOLAS PETAN AND BRENDAN LEIPSIC, IS JUST SILLY GOOD. YOU ALL WILL BE AMAZING NHL STAR'S! MAC CARRUTH, ANOTHER AMAZING PERFORMANCE. "THE TRUTH" HAS STOPPED 90 OF 93 SHOTS IN THIS SERIES. THAT IS A SAVE PERCENTAGE OF 96.77. THAT IS BEYOND IMPRESSIVE. I AM AFRAID THAT I WILL HAVE TO ROOT AGAINST YOU TONIGHT IN SPOKANT. WHY? WANT TO SEE YOU FINISH THE SERIES HERE IN HAWKEY TOWN ON SATURDAY NIGHT. BRING ON KAMLOOPS AND THEN EDMONTON. OUR TROPHY AWAITS. "RUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUTH!"
Apr 10, 2013 - 02:43 PM
 

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