EVERETT -- The Portland Winterhawks (40-7-1-2) unleashed a first period barrage on the Everett Silvertips (21-28-1-2) en route to a 6-0 road win Tuesday.
The Hawks set a new team record by recording their third consecutive shutout tonight, after a 3-0 win Friday in Spokane and 7-0 victory Saturday in Tri-Cities. Brendan Burke earned his fourth shutout of the season by stopping all 17 shots he faced. It was the Hawks’ 10th shutout of the season, extending a team record.
While Portland stymied Everett defensively, the Hawks scored four goals in just under four minutes in the first period to jump out to an early 4-0 lead.
Ty Rattie opened the scoring with a power play marker 4:28 into the game, and Nic Petan followed with another goal with a man advantage just over a minute later to make it 2-0.
Taylor Leier made it 3-0 at the 7:22 mark, and Presten Kopeck made it a four-goal game 44 seconds later as the Hawks took a 4-0 lead into the first intermission.
Portland then scored the lone goal of the second period when defenseman Troy Rutkowski beat Everett netminder Daniel Cotton at the 6:35 mark as the Hawks went ahead 5-0.
Rattie struck again for his second of the game and 27th of the season 5:17 into the third to put the Hawks ahead 6-0, which would stand as the final.
With two goals, Ty Rattie now has points in all 11 games this month, with eight goals and 13 assists for 21 points in January. His points streak is at 14 games going back to before he left for the World Junior Championship.
Petan, the league’s leading scorer with 88 points, finished with three points on a goal and two assists. Seth Jones added two assists in the win.
The Hawks were 2-4 on the power play, and a perfect 3-3 on the penalty kill.
The Hawks return to action tomorrow night when they host the Kamloops Blazers at 7 p.m. in Veterans Memorial Coliseum.