Bartschi scores 30 seconds into OT; Hawks beat Spokane again
Sven Bartschi scored 30 seconds into overtime to give the Portland Winterhawks (13-7-1-1) a 4-3 victory over the Spokane Chiefs at the Rose Garden on Saturday night.
Portland improved to 13-7-1-1 before the announced crowd of 10,123. Spokane fell to 9-4-1-2 with its second loss in Portland in two nights. On Friday, the Chiefs lost in a shootout.
The Winterhawks' winning streak climbed to five games.
Bartschi's overtime winner was his third point of the night (one goal, two assists). And, with an assist on the play, linemate Ty Rattie finished with four points (two goals, two assists).
The Hawks opened the scoring with two goals 23 seconds apart late in the first period, beginning with a power-play marker when Brad Ross snapped a shot from the right faceoff circle past Chiefs netminder Mac Engel to make it 1-0 at the 15:43 mark.
His goal was followed by Rattie's, as he carried the puck into Spokane's zone and fired a shot over Mac Engel's shoulder to give the Hawks a 2-0 lead into the intermission. The Hawks carried the play through most of the first period, outshooting the Chiefs 17-7.
Spokane got on the board at the 7:11 mark of the second on a goal by Darren Kramer to cut Portland's lead to 2-1.
The Hawks went back up by two at the 9:19 mark on a power-play goal by Rattie and had a 3-1 lead through two periods.
The Chiefs evened the game at 3-3 in the third period with a pair of goals 1:36 apart from Brendan Kichton and Collin Valcourt to send the game to overtime.
Carruth made 27 saves in the win, while Engel stopped 47 shots for Spokane.
Portland was 2 of 7 on the power play and 2 of 2 on the penalty kill.
The Hawks are off until Friday, when they travel to Everett to take on the Silvertips.