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23 Oct 2014
24 Oct 2014
Bittner's two third-period goals lift Winterhawks
Brendan Burke picked up the win with 23 saves Saturday night as the Portland Winterhawks beat visiting Everett 5-3 to run their win streak to 10.
Portland scored the last three goals, including both goals in the third period Â both by Paul Bittner Â to claim the victory before an announced crowd of 8,252 at the Rose Garden.
With Burke in goal, the Hawks' Mac Carruth will have to wait until at least Tuesday to go for the all-time franchise win record. Carruth is tied with Darrell May Sr., both with 105 victories. The Winterhawks play host to Prince George on Tuesday and Wednesday, both tames at Memorial Coliseum at 7 p.m.
Bittner's goals came at 2:07 and 17:52 of the third period and gave him seven this season.
He also got an assist on the goal by Brendan Leipsic that tied the score at 3-3 at the 7:24 mark of the second period. Leipsic boosted his season goal count to 25.
Everett got on the board first, scoring short-handed at 6:57 of the first period.
Portland led 2-1 after the frame, though, thanks to power-play goals by Troy Rutkowski (his ninth of 2012-13) and Nicolas Petan (his 27th).
The Hawks finished 2 of 3 with the man advantage, while Everett was 0 for 3 on power plays.
Leipsic and Petan each had two assists.
Portland raised its record to 33-5-1-0, best in the Western Hockey League.
Everett dropped to 16-24-0-2.
The Winterhawks, with 67 points, have a seven-point lead on both Kelowna and Kamloops in the Western Conference.
Everett is eighth out of 10 teams; the top eight will make the playoffs.
Prince George comes to town with a 12-22-1-4 record and trails Everett by five points in the West standings.