Hawks win wild one at Kelowna on Bartschi's shootout goal
KELOWNA, British Columbia - Sven Bartschi scored the only shootout goal and gave the Portland Winterhawks a 6-5 win Friday night over the Kelowna Rockets.
The teams will meet again at 7 p.m. Saturday as Portland caps a nine-game trip.
The Hawks (10-7-1-1) prevailed Friday despite trailing four times. Kelowna fell to 5-9-1-1.
William Wrenn's goal midway through the first period tied the score at 1-1.
Down 3-1 in the second period, the Hawks got a shorthanded goal by Ty Rattie with one minute remaining and pulled even at 3-3 when defenseman Tyler Wotherspoon scored at 6:49 of the third period.
The Rockets went up 4-3 at the 11:07 mark, but just 16 seconds later the Winterhawks evened the count on Brad Ross' goal.
Kelowna took a 5-4 lead at 13:19 mark, but Rattie forced overtime with a goal at 17:46.
After neither team could score in the extra frame, the game went to a shootout. At the start of the shootout, the Hawks replaced starting goaltender Brendan Burke with Mac Carruth, who stopped all three Kelowna attempts before Bartschi's goal in the third round gave the Hawks the win.
Rattie led the Hawks with three points on two goals and an assist, while Wrenn and Ross each had two points.
Portland outshot Kelowna 49-19.