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Another shutout for Winterhawks, Carruth
KAMLOOPS, British Columbia Goalie Mac Carruth extended three team records Wednesday night as the Portland Winterhawks beat Kamloops 3-0 to open a three-game trip.
Carruth made 27 saves for the Hawks, who improved their record (best in the Western Hockey League) to 49-9-1-2 and reached 101 points for 2012-13. It's the third consecutive season in which they have hit 100 points or better.
Carruth added to his franchise marks for most shutouts in a season (seven) and career (11), and the Winterhawks have set a franchise record this season for shutouts (12).
Kamloops fell to 40-16-2-3.
Defenseman Troy Rutkowski scored at 8:59 of the first period. Brendan Leipsic got his 42nd goal of the season 1:56 into the second period, finishing a 2-on-1 break. Nic Petan got his 42nd goal of the season at 16:09, and Portland led 3-0 through two periods.
Leipsic leads the WHL in scoring with 105 points, and Petan is second with 102. They share the WHL goal-scoring lead by three over their closest competitor.
Colin Smith of Kamloops is third in league scoring with 93 points. Portland's Ty Rattie is fourth with 88, five ahead of No. 5 Justin Feser of Tri-City.
The Hawks play back-to-back games at Prince George, Friday and Saturday, both at 7 p.m.