Winterhawks tie WHL record with 28th road win
VICTORIA, British Columbia The Portland Winterhawks tied the Western Hockey League record for single-season road wins and pulled closer to their franchise record for single-season points as they beat the Victoria Royals 4-1 Tuesday night.
Portland (54-12-1-2) notched its 28th road victory, matching the WHL mark of the 1999-2000 Calgary Hitmen and the 2008-09 Saskatoon Blades. The Hawks can set a record Saturday in Seattle in their final away game of the regular season.
Portland also raised its season points total to 111, matching the Portland teams of 1978-79 and 1997-98 for the second-best mark in club history. The team record of 113 was set in 1980-81. Portland has three games remaining.
The Royals fell to 33-30-2-5, after leading 1-0 on a goal with 28 seconds left in the first period.
The Hawks dominated the second period and got four goals. Ty Rattie tied the score on a power play at the 4:01 mark. Dominic Turgeon gave Portland a 2-1 lead at 10:21. Brendan Leipsic scored at 15:51, and Taylor Peters tallied a shorthanded goal at 17:17.
Portland was 6 for 6 on the penalty kill, and Mac Carruth picked up the win in goal, making 20 saves.
The Hawks led in shots 44-26.
The Winterhawks return home to play Seattle at 7 p.m. Friday in the Rose Garden.