Winterhawks blank Spokane 3-0 Friday in a record-setting night
The Portland Winterhawks (38-7-1-2) earned a 3-0 shutout Friday in a road win over the Spokane Chiefs (30-17-2-0).
It was a record-breaking night for two Hawks, beginning with defenseman Troy Rutkowski, who set the franchise record for games played, suiting up in his 327th career contest.
In net, Mac Carruth turned away all 36 shots he faced for his ninth career shutout, setting a new franchise record. It was his fifth blanking of the season, tying the team record for shutouts in a single season, a mark he now shares with Lanny Ramage, who did it in 2000-01.
The Winterhawks controlled the first period, outshooting Spokane 19-8 and forcing the Chiefs into taking five penalties. The Hawks took advantage on two of them, opening the scoring with a power play goal from Ty Rattie at the 10:29 mark. Nic Petan then added a goal with a man advantage at the 17:22 mark to give Portland a 2-0 lead going into the second.
After a scoreless second period it remained 2-0 until the 14:01 mark of the third when Brendan Leipsic scored for the Hawks to make it 3-0, which would stand as the final.
With a goal and assist tonight, Rattie now has points in all nine games with this month, with five goals and 12 assists for 17 points in January. His points streak is at 12 games going back to before he left for the World Junior Championship.
Tonight's game was the third straight between the two teams, with Spokane winning Monday in regulation, then on Wednesday in a shootout.
The Hawks are back in action tomorrow night at 7 p.m. on the road against the Tri-City Americans.