The Portland Winterhawks crushed their arch-rivals the Seattle Thunderbirds en route to a 7-1 victory, and their ninth straight win, Saturday at the Rose Garden in Portland, Ore.
Ty Rattie got the bears flying as he fired in the first goal of the evening for the Winterhawks (19-9-1-1). With 2:52 clicked off the clock, Thunderbirds (11-14-0-1) goalie Calvin Pickard could not keep Rattie's puck in play as he watched it fly into his net and, with the blink of the eye, so did 10,000-plus stuffed animals.
Rattie would finish the memorial evening with three assist giving him four points.
The Hawks were not done as they scored three more goals before the first 20 minutes came to a close. Defenseman Tyler Wotherspoon saw a line opening as he rocketed a shot in from the right side of the ice, putting the hawks up 2-0. Both goals were scored in the first five minutes.
Taylor Leir would lend some power of his own as he sent Portland into the locker room with two goals of his own before the end of the period, giving his team a 4-0 advantage in the first 20 minutes of play.
Power plays are always a benefit for teams as they get to see an advantage on the offense and tonight was no stranger. The Winterhawks were able to get goals from Joe Morrow (Pittsburgh Penguins) and Brad Ross (Toronto Maple Leafs Prospect) during power plays.
As the team continued to build their lead over the rival Seattle squad, they also were pelting shots at the Thunderbirds goalie. At the second intermission, the Hawks had fired off what could beat up just about any person, as they had a 45-17 shot advantage.
The final goal of the evening for Portland came with just two minutes remaining in the game as Joey Baker fired in his first Western Hockey League goal to give the Winterhawks the demanding 7-1 win in front of 10,947 electric fans.
Burke Gallimore scored the lone goal for the Thunderbirds at 4:31 mark of the third period.
The battle of the goalies was lopsided as Portland's Mac Caruth (Chicago Blackhawks prospect) made 26 saves on 27 shots while Seattle's Calvin Pickard, who was replaced in the third period, allowed six goals on 45 shots. Daniel Colton who played the third period made 14 saves.