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Winterhawks beat Kelowna again, behind Petan's hat trick
KELOWNA, British Columbia Nic Petan's hat trick lifted the Portland Winterhawks to a 5-1 win over Kelowna on Saturday and a two-game, two-night sweep of the Rockets in the battle of Western Hockey League Western Conference leaders.
The Hawks pushed their points lead over Kelowna to nine with 16 regular-season games remaining. Portland leads Eastern Conference leader Edmonton by six points.
The Peta-Brendan Leipsic-Ty Rattie line combined for 10 points Saturday, as the Winterhawks built a 5-0 lead over the first two periods.
Petan scored after 1:21 of play and made the score 2-0 with a shorthanded goal at 13:44 of the opening period. He got his hat trick 1:04 into the second period.
Rattie scored on a power play midway through the middle frame, and Leipsic scored at 15:44.
Kelowna's goal came at 13:01 of the third period.
It was Petan's second career hat trick and his first of this season. He leads the WHL with 98 points.
Leipsic had two assists and is second in the WHL with 97 points. He has scored in 10 consecutive games, with six straight multi-point games.
Rattie ranks fourth in WHL scoring with 81 points. He had three assists Saturday.
Mac Carruth got his second win in two nights, making 31 saves.
Portland beat Kelowna 5-3 on Friday, after building a 4-0 lead.
The Hawks return to the ice on Monday, playing at Vancouver at 2 p.m.