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Horrid start too much for Rattie, Winterhawks

Tri-City leads 5-0 after 22-plus minutes, wins at home 6-5

KENNEWICK, Wash. - After going 2-0 to start the season, the Portland Winterhawks fell behind 5-0 in their third outing in three nights.

That was a bit too much for them to overcome, despite a hat trick from Ty Rattie.

The Hawks, down by five goals after only 2:25 of the second period, lost 6-5 Sunday to the Tri-City Americans.

Portland outshot the Americans 37-23, including 13-3 in the third period. But the Winterhawks, who had cut the deficit to 6-4 after two frames, failed to score again after Taylor Peters' strike at 1:29.

Portland goaltender Brendan Burke, making his first WHL start, gave up the first four Tri-City goals and gave way to Mac Carruth for the final 36:54.

Peters also had the Hawks' first goal, which came shorthanded at 3:09 of the second period.

Peters, Ross, Chase De Leo and Derrick Pouliot all had two assistds, and Rattie had one.

The Winterhawks were 2 for 4 on the power play and 2 for 3 on the penalty kill.

Tri-City improved to 2-0 before the announced crowd of 3,575 at Toyota Center.

The Winterhawks' next games are in the Rose Garden. They'll have rematches against Tri-City at 7 p.m. Friday and Seattle at 7 p.m. Saturday. Portland beat Seattle 6-3 Saturday. This week's meeting with the Thunderbirds will be the annual Dash for Cash game.