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Winterhawks top Seattle, head to Tri-City rematch


The Portland Winterhawks will try to avenge their only home loss in the last two-plus months, but they'll have to do it on the road Sunday in their third game in three nights,

The Hawks won 6-2 at Seattle on Saturday night, bouncing back from a 3-2 loss at the Rose Garden to Tri-City.

It was goaltender Mac Carruth's 100th career victory.

Portland faces the Tri-City at 5 p.m. Sunday at Toyota Center in Kennewick, Wash.

The Hawks go into that game with a 24-5-1-0 record, the best in the Western Hockey League, and 49 points, which is tied for the WHL best with Kamloops (23-7-1-2).

Tri-City (18-11-1-1, 38 points) is third behind Portland and Spokane (22-8-1-0) in the U.S. Division. The Americans, who were idle on Saturday, will be looking for another stellar performance from goaltender Luke Lee-Knight, who stopped 44 of 46 shots in Friday's game and held the Winterhawks scoreless until the third period.

On Saturday, the Winterhawks gave up the opening goal to Seattle, then rattled off four in a row in a span of less than 17 minutes. The spree gave Portland a 4-1 lead at 1:21 of the second period.

Seattle scored short-handed at 14:55 of the second frame, but Portland answered three minutes into the final period, with Carruth getting one of the assists for his first point of the season, and Presten Kopeck scored his second goal of the game and fifth of the season at 5:39.

Ty Rattie got Portland's first goal, his 19th this season. After Kopeck put the Hawks ahead for good, Brendan Leipsic notched his 21st goal of the season 21 seconds into the second period. One minute later, Nic Petan's 18th goal of the 2012-13 campaign boosted the Hawks' lead to 4-1.

The fifth Portland goal came from the stick of Adam De Champlain. It was his fifth in WHL play.

Leipsic and Seth Jones each had two assists for the Winterhawks.

Carruth made 35 saves as he improved to 13-2-0-0 this season.