Carruth ties team win mark as Winterhawks beat Seattle 5-0
It was a happy New Year's Eve for the Portland Winterhawks and their fans.
The Hawks beat Seattle 5-0 at the Rose Garden Monday night before an announced crowd of 10,358. It was the ninth win in a row for the Winterhawks.
Five players scored a goal for Portland, which led 1-0 after one period and 3-0 after two periods.
Mac Carruth was the game's No. 1 star, however, as he tied the franchise's all-time record for wins.
Carruth picked up his 105th victory by stopping 31 shots, and the Winterhawks' penalty-kill units went 5 for 5.
Darrell May Sr. got his 105th win in goal for Portland in 1982.
If Carruth plays instead of backup Brendan Burke, he could get the franchise mark at 7 p.m. Saturday, when the Winterhawks play host to Everett at the Rose Garden.
Paul Bittner opened the scoring for the Hawks with a goal 12:41 into the game, on an assist from Brendan Leipsic.
Leipsic scored his 24th goal of the season at 9:32 of the second period, while the Hawks were short-handed. Nicolas Petan got an assist.
Oliver Bjorkstrand notched his 16th goal with two seconds left in the second frame, off a feed by Taylor Leier.
At 11:08 of the third period, Petan got his 26th goal of the season. Leipsic and Troy Rutkowski assisted on the power-play score.
Taylor Peters finished the scoring at 15:01, set up by Bjorkstrand and Leier.
Portland fired 43 shots at Seattle goalie Brandon Glover.
The two points for the win gave Portland 65, best in the Western Hockey League this season.
The Winterhawks (32-5-1-0) lead second-place Spokane (24-12-1-0, 49 points) by 16 points in the Western Conference U.S. Division; Portland has 34 regular-season games remaining, Spokane 35.
The West's B.C. Division leader, Kamloops, is second in the WHL in points with 56 after 40 games and a 26-10-2-2 record.
The top team in the Eastern Conference is Edmonton (25-8-2-3, 55 points).