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Winterhawks set team record with third straight shutout

EVERETT, Wash. — Make it three in a row for the Portland Winterhawks.

Not just victories, but shutouts.

That's a team record, and the Hawks set it Tuesday night with a 6-0 road win.

Brendan Burke was in goal and earned his fourth shutout of the season, stopping 17 shots.

It was the 10th shutout of the season for the Winterhawks, extending their team record.

Four goals in a span of less than four minutes in the first period gave Portland a 4-0 lead. Ty Rattie broke the ice at 4:28, Nic Petan scored on a power play about a minute later, Taylor Leier scored at 7:22, and Presten Kopeck struck 44 seconds after Leier.

Portland added a goal in the second period by Troy Rutkowski, and Rattie notched his 27th goal of the season 5:17 into the third period.

Rattie stretched his points streak to 14 games, while Petan also contributed two assists in raising his Western Hockey League-leading points total to 88.

Seth Jones also had two assists for Portland, which was 2 for 4 on the power play and killed all three of its penalties.

Everett fell to 21-28-1-2.

The Hawks improved to 40-7-1-2 (WHL-best 83 points) going into Wednesday's 7 p.m. game with Kamloops at Memorial Coliseum. Kamloops (33-14-2-3) ranks third in the WHL Western Conference with 71 points. The Blazers are seven points behind B.C. Division leader Kelowna, which trails the U.S. Division-leading Hawks by five points.