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Hawks' Bittner gets two goals, including game-winner

Paul Bittner's second goal of the game, with 11:35 remaining, lifted the Portland Winterhawks over the visiting Tri-City Americans 4-3 Saturday afternoon.

The teams had played the night before in Kennewick, Wash., with Portland also winning 4-3, after building a 4-1 lead.

In the rematch, Portland led 2-0 after the first period on goals by Bittner and Nicolas Petan. Tri-City scored twice in the first 9:27 of the second period to earn a 2-2- tie. Portland's Brendan Leipsic scored at 17:22 of the period, but the Americans got even at 19:22 on a power-play goal.

For the Hawks, Mac Carruth made 29 saves before the announced crowd of 6,753, while Ams goalie Luke Lee-Knight had 26 stops.

The Winterhawks hiked their Western Hockey League-leading record to 31-5-1-0, while Tri-City dropped to 20-14-1-2.

It was Portland's eighth win in a row, and it gave Carruth 104 career victories, one off the franchise record that belongs to Darrell May Sr.

Next for the Hawks is the annual New Year's Eve game. The puck drops at 8 p.m. Monday at the Rose Garden, as Portland plays Seattle.