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Winterhawks stay hot; Bartschi, Rattie among stars in 7-3 victory at Everett

EVERETT, Wash. - Six in a row, and counting.

The Portland Winterhawks (14-7-1-1) won their sixth straight game Friday night, beating the Everett Silvertips (5-15-0-3) 7-3.

Sven Bartschi continued his torrid play for the Hawks. He had three assists for his fourth consecutive game with three points. Bartschi has scored 16 points during the winning streak and owns a nine-game points streak dating (26 total points) to before a hip injury.

Linemate Ty Rattie scored Friday to extend his goal streak to six games. He also has had 16 points during the win streak.

First-period goals by defenseman Troy Rutkowski and took recently-acquired forward Dillon Wagner gave Portland a 2-0 lead.

Brad Ross scored his 14th goal of the season at 5:59 of the second period, on a power play, for a 3-0 margin.

After an Everett score, Rattie got his 20th goal of the season with a power-play marker that put Portland up 4-1 at the 12:34 mark.

Leading 4-2 going into the third period, the Winterhawks put the game out of reach with three straight goals, by Taylor Leier, Rutkowski and Charles Wells.

Rattie's second-period power play goal was his Western Hockey League-leading 11th of the season with the man advantage, while Bartschi's two power-play assists gave him 15, also a league-high.

Rutkowski equaled Bartschi with three points on the night, while Wells, Ross, Leier, Taylor Peters, and Tyler Wotherspoon all finished with two points.

Mac Carruth picked up the win net for Portland, stopping 33 shots. Everett netminder Kent Simpson made 41 saves.

The Hawks have another road game Saturday night against Seattle.