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21 Aug 2014
22 Aug 2014
Carruth becomes Winterhawks' all-time wins leader
Mac Carruth became the Portland Winterhawks' all-time leader in goalkeeping wins on Wednesday, stopping all 23 shots he faced in a 3-0 home win over the Prince George Cougars.
The victory was Carruth's 106th for Portland. The old mark of 105 belonged to Darrell May Sr., who finished his Winterhawks career in 1982.
The Hawks, who also beat Prince George 6-4 on Tuesday at the coliseum, didn't score Wednesday until the 18:48 mark of the second period. Their second goal came at 3:50 of the third period. The final goal came with 1:29 left.
Troy Rutkowski got the opening goal on a power play, with assists to Ty Rattie and Derrick Pouliot.
Brendan Leipsic's goal, his 26th of the season, came off feeds from Nicolas Petan and Rattie, and gave the Winterhawks and Carruth an insurance score.
Taylor Leier later found an empty net for his 16th goal of 2012-13.
Portland's defense killed all five of its penalties before the announced crowd of 3,243. The Winterhawks fired 49 shots.
The Hawks, who own the best record in the Western Hockey League, improved to 35-5-1-0 with their 12th consecutive triumph.
Prince George fell to 12-24-1-4.
Portland's next game is 7 p.m. Friday at the Rose Garden against the Spokane Chiefs.