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Winterhawks close regular season a 6-1 winner

Six Portland Winterhawks scored a goal Sunday night as the team finished the Western Hockey League regular season with a 6-1 home victory over the Tri-City Americans at the Rose Garden.

The Hawks totaled 117 points, four better than their previous franchise record, and wound up with a 57-12-1-2 record, best in the WHL. The 57 wins were a franchise record.

Portland will open the playoffs against Everett. The best-of-seven series starts Friday at the Rose Garden. Game two is Saturday, also 7 p.m. and at the Rose Garden.

The Winterhawks led their regular-season finale 3-0 after one period and 4-1 through two periods. Portland added two power-play goals in the final frame, first by Chase De Leo at 1:36 and then by Oliver Bjorkstrand at 18:03.

The Hawks' first three goals, in order, came from Ty Rattie, Paul Bittner and Taylor Peters.

Keegan Iverson got Portland's other goal.

Rattie also had two assists as he finished third in WHL scoring with 110 points (48 goals, 62 assists).

Portland chose to rest its top two scorers, Brendan Leipsic and Nic Petan, who ended up tied for first in the WHL. Leipsic had 49 goals and 71 assists, while Petan totaled 46 goals and 74 assists.

Brendan Burke went the distance in goal Sunday, making 24 saves before the announced crowd of 9,230.

U.S. Division champion Portland won the WHL Western Conference by nine points over runner-up Kelowna, the B.C. Division champion.

Eastern Conference winner Edmonton also had 108 points.

Spokane took fourth in the West with a 44-26-2-0 record.