The Portland Winterhawks (41-7-1-2) defeated the visiting Kamloops Blazers (33-15-2-3) 5-2 Wednesday at Veterans Memorial Coliseum in front of 4,322 fans.
Kamloops took a 2-0 lead in the first period on goals by Dylan Willick and Colin Smith, the latter on a power play, to take a two-goal lead into the second period, but that would be all the Winterhawks would allow.
The Hawks evened the game with a pair of goals less than a minute apart in the second. They got on the board at the 8:17 mark when Nic Petan made a great feed to Ty Rattie in the slot, who fired it past Kamloops netminder Cole Cheveldave to cut the Kamloops lead to 2-1. They quickly tied it 34 seconds later when Joe Mahon scored his second of the season to even the game at 2-2.
Portland took their first lead of the game 5:20 into the third when Nic Petan scored from the right faceoff circle to give the Hawks a 3-2 advantage. It remained a one-goal game until the 15:20 mark when Taylor Peters, playing in his 300th career game, was sent on a breakaway while shorthanded and beat Cheveldave to give the Hawks a 4-2 lead. Brendan Leipsic added a late empty net goal as the Hawks finished with the 5-2 win.
Mac Carruth earned the win in net for Portland with 22 saves on 24 shots. Cheveldave took the loss for Kamloops, allowing four goals, with the Hawks adding the empty net tally.
With his goal Rattie now has points in all 12 games this month, with nine goals and 13 assists for 22 points in January. His points streak is at 15 games going back to before he left for the World Junior Championship.
The Hawks are back in action Friday when they travel to Seattle to take on the Seattle Thunderbirds.