Courtesy of the Winterhawks
VANCOUVER, B.C. -- Ty Rattie scored four goals in a Monday matinee as the Portland Winterhawks (46-8-1-2) earned an 8-3 win in Vancouver Monday over the Giants (14-42-0-0).
The Hawks moved eight points ahead of the Edmonton Oil Kings in the WHL’s overall standings, and nine points ahead of the Kelowna Rockets in the Western Conference, with a game in hand on both teams.
It was the second four-goal game of the season for Rattie, who also did it on October 13 at Swift Current. With an assist to go with his four goals, Rattie now has nine points over the last two games, and is just two points behind Kamloops’ Colin Smith for third in league scoring.
Two players also reached the 100-point plateau in the win, as Brendan Leipsic and Nic Petan both reached the century mark. Leipsic had a goal and three assists and now leads the WHL with 101 points, while Petan’s two assists now have him at 100 points. Leipsic also extended his point streak to 11 games, including seven consecutive multi-point games. It’s the first time since the 1993-94 season the Hawks have had two 100-point scorers when Lonny Bohonos had 152 points and Colin Foley had 107.
The Giants opened the scoring on a goal by Carter Popoff 9:00 into the game, but the Hawks responded with four unanswered goals before the end of the period. Just 10 seconds after Popoff’s goal Leipsic scored his 40th of the season to make it 1-1. Later in the frame the Hawks scored three goals in a span of 2:36 as Chase De Leo, Rattie and Keegan Iverson all found the back of the net to make it 4-1 at the end of the first.
Vancouver got back within one with a pair of goals 42 seconds apart to cut the deficit to 4-3 at 6:29 mark of the second. But the Hawks responded, first with a power play goal from Rattie at the 8:46 mark, then the first goal of the season from defenseman Josh Hanson 1:20 later to make it 6-3. After Hanson’s goal Vancouver replaced starting netminder Payton Lee with Jared Rathjen, and the score remained 6-3 after two periods.
Rattie completed the hat trick when he scored his third of the game 4:06 into the third period to make it 7-3, then scored his fourth of the game at the 7:41 mark to give Portland an 8-3 lead which would stand as the final.
Seth Jones added three assists in the win, and with 45 points he’s tied for the league lead in scoring among rookies.
Brendan Burke earned the win in goal, stopping 35 of 38 Vancouver shots. Lee allowed six goals on 24 shots before being replaced, while Rathjen gave up two goals on 20 shots.
Portland was 1-2 on the power play and 1-1 on the penalty kill.
The Hawks are back in action Friday when they host the Tri-City Americans at 7 p.m. in Veterans Memorial Coliseum, in a game that will be broadcast on ROOT Sports Northwest.