Winterhawks lose road opener 8-4 at Edmonton


EDMONTON, ALBERTA - The Portland Winterhawks' longest trip of the season started off with a long night in Alberta.

The Hawks lost 8-4 Friday to the Oil Kings in the first of nine consecutive games on the road.

Edmonton led 3-0 after one period and 4-0 early in the second period.

The Hawks fell to 6-5-1-0, while Edmonton improved to 8-3-1-1.

Portland plays the Red Deer Rebels on Saturday night.

Troy Rutkowski got the Winterhawks' first goal on a power-play at 17:39 of the second period. But the Oil Kings scored 40 seconds later and never looked back.

Brendan Burke replaced Mac Carruth in net for Portland, and the two teams each scored three goals in the third period.

For Portland, Ty Rattie hit on a power-play 50 seconds into the period to pull the Hawks to within 5-2.

Edmonton's T.J. Foster scored shorthanded to put the Oil Kings up 6-2.

Portland's Jason Trott responded with his second goal of the season to make the score 6-3.

But 24 seconds later Edmonton's Stephane Legault put the Oil Kings in front 7-4.

Brendan Leipsic scored for the Hawks, getting his third goal of the season midway through the period.

Ryan Dech added a final goal for Edmonton.