KENT, Wash. — The Portland Winterhawks pummeled the Seattle Thunderbirds 8-2 Saturday night at ShoWare Center.

Mac Carruth made 27 saves to push his season record to 11-1.

The Winterhawks continued their season-long strong performance on the penalty kill, keeping the T-Birds from scoring on six chances.

Portland improved to 20-4-1-0, while Seattle slipped to 11-12-1-0.

The Winterhawks have 41 points, the highest total in the Western Hockey League.

Portland and Seattle will meet again at 7 p.m. Friday at the Rose Garden.

Troy Rutkowski and Brendan Leipsic scored in the first period to give the visiting Hawks a 2-0 lead. Rutkowski found the net in just 30 seconds. At 15:01, Leipsic struck on a power play.

Leipsic scored 57 seconds into the second period, and Nic Petan tallied at 2:26, and the rout was on.

Leipsic has scored in his last 13 games, Petan in his last eight.

Chase De Leo made the score 5-0 at 6:03, and Oliver Bjorkstrand's goal at 11:28 with the man advantage pushed the count to 6-0.

Seattle scored 16 seconds into the third period, but Bjorkstand answered at 5:40. The Thunderbirds got another goal 23 seconds later, but Presten Kopeck followed with a Portland score at 11:13.

Petan upped his season total to 16 goals, while Leipsic got to 15, and Bjorkstrand has reached 13 for the season.

Ty Rattie had three assists, giving him 22 in his last 19 games.

The Winterhawks outshot the T-Birds 17-5 in the first period and 40-29 for the game.

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