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Winterhawks suffer rare second straight loss

KENT, Wash. — A new win streak has to start somewhere, but that place wasn't the ShoWare Center for Portland Winterhawks.

The Hawks, who had won 14 consecutive games before Friday's 5-4 shootout loss at home to Lethbridge, fell again Saturday night 4-3 to the Seattle Thunderbirds.

It's only the second two-game skid for the Hawks this season. They lost Oct. 6 and 9 to Moose Jaw (4-2) and Regina (3-2).

Seattle had lost 15 games in a row.

The Hawks slipped to 37-6-1-1, while the Thunderbirds improved to 17-26-0-2.

Portland goaltender Brendan Burke made 35 saves, but that wasn't enough. The Hawks mustered only 28 shots.

Portland led 1-0 on Brendan Leipsic's 30th goal of the season, at 6:44 of the first period off a feed from Nic Petan.

Seattle responded with goals at 12:40 and 17:33 to go in front 2-1.

The Hawks tied the game 1:32 into the second period, as Ty Rattie notched his 20th goal of the season, with assists to Petan and Leipsic.

But the T-Birds answered at 4:59, and the teams went scoreless the rest of the period, leaving Seattle in front 3-2.

The Thunderbirds padded their lead with a goal at 9:40 of the third period.

At 13:55, Petan tallied his 31st goal of the campaign, with Leipsic getting an assist.

Portland was 0 for 2 on the power play; Seattle was 0 for 1.

The Hawks' next game is a Memorial Coliseum matinee at 3 p.m. Monday against Spokane.