Four power-play goals vault Winterhawks to 5-2 win over Regina
After going an uncharacteristic 0 for 5 on the power play in a 6-3 road loss to Seattle, the Portland Winterhawks bounced back with four power-play goals and beat the Regina Pats 5-2 Tuesday night at the Rose Garden.
The four goals with the man advantage, on 10 opportunities, were a season high for the Hawks, who improved to 15-8-1-1.
Regina, which was 0 for 4 on power plays, fell to 12-9-1-1 before the announced crowd of 4,451.
Neither team scored in the first period, and Taylor Leier got the Winterhawks' first goal, on a power play, at 13:23 of the second period to even the count.
The game was tied 1-1 after two periods, but Portland outshot the Pats 21-8 in the final 20 minutes.
Defenseman Joe Morrow's fifth goal of the season, unassisted, put the Hawks ahead 2-1. After Regina tied the score with a short-handed goal at 11:14, Ty Rattie put Portland on top for good with his power-play score, off a feed from Morrow, at 12:22.
Sven Bartschi scored at 14:51, and Brad Ross found the net at 18:29 on a power-play, with assists from Bartschi and Morrow.
Rattie and Nic Petan assisted on Bartschie's goal.
Mac Carruth made 22 saves for Portland, which outshot Regina 38-24.
The Hawks have won five in a row at home. They will play a 7 p.m. Wednesday game at Tri-City before a pair of weekend games at Memorial Coliseum against Spokane (3 p.m. Friday) and Swift Current (5 p.m. Sunday).
Tri-City and Portland are battling for the lead in the Western Hockey League U.S. Division, along with the top spot in the Western Conference. Tri-City (16-6-0-0) has played three fewer games than the Winterhawks, but each team has 32 points. Spokane is in third place with 23 points in 18 games and a 10-5-1-2 record.