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Fast start for Hawks in second straight win at Prince George


PRINCE GEORGE, British Columbia — The Portland Winterhawks led 3-0 after one period for the second night in a row and went on to complete a two-game, weekend sweep of the Prince George Cougars with a 6-1 win Saturday.

The Hawks (51-9-1-2) padded their Western Hockey League-leading point total to 105, while fhe Cougars fell to 18-36-2-6.

It took Portland only 23 seconds to take the lead on a goal by Oliver Bjorkstrand. The Hawks then got two power-play goals from Brendan Leipsic, about three minutes apart.

The Hawks' edge grew to 4-0 at 5:04 of the second period, when Presten Kopeck scored his 10th goal of the season. Ty Rattie scored his 38th at the 15:50 mark for a 5-0 advantage.

Rattie also scored 5:08 into the third frame to give the Hawks their 6-1 lead.

Mac Carruth earned his 28th win of the season with 32 saves.

With two goals and an assist, Leipsic leads the league with 44 goals and 110 points, while Nic Petan, who had two assists Saturday, is second in both categories, with 43 goals and 106 points. Rattie is fourth in league scoring with 94 points, one behind Colin Smith of the Kamloops Blazers.

The Winterhawks' next game is 7 p.m. Tuesday at Tri-City.