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Winterhawks win at Kamloops, as Bartschi returns, scores

KAMLOOPS, British Columbia - The Portland Winterhawks picked up a 4-2 win Wednesday night over the Kamloops Blazers.

The Hawks (9-7-1-1) have three wins and four losses on their nine-game trip, which concludes with games against the Kelowna Rockets on Friday and Saturday.

Kamloops fell to 11-4-0-0.

Portland led 3-2 going into the third period and then held Kamloops to seven shots on goal.

Ty Rattie's power-play goal at 16:44 gave Portland its two-goal margin.

Mac Carruth stopped 26 shots for Portland, which counterpart Cole Cheveldave made 40 saves.

The Hawks opened the scoring 57 seconds into the game on a goal by Charles Wells.

Tied 1-1 after one period, the Winterhawks struck at 2:39 of the second period on a slap shot by defenseman Tyler Wotherspoon. Sven Bartschi, back from injury and playing for the first time since Oct. 18, made it 3-1 at 6:23 of the period.

Kamloops cut the gap with a shorthanded score at 10:37.