PORTLAND, Ore. -- The Portland Winterhawks defeated the Tri-City Americans 3-1 at the Rose Garden Wednesday evening to take acommanding 3-0 lead in the WHL WesternConferencefinals series

Hawks goaltender Mac Carruth stopped 38 shots in the victory.

The Hawks can close out the best-of-sevenseries Thursday at 7 p.m. at the Rose Garden.

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