Monday, February 20, 2012

Winterhawks 7 - Cougars 2

Monday afternoon in Portland, the Prince George Cougars fell 7-2 to the Portland Winterhawks. Ty Rattie and Sven Bartschi each scored twice for Portland while Troy Bourke and Daulton Siwak tallied for the Cougars in response.

Portland struck early in the first period when Chase De Leo found the puck in the slot area and beat Drew Owsley for his 12th of the season. Then at 8:20 while short-handed, Sven Bartschi raced in down the left-wing side and managed to deflect the puck off the Cougars defender and in past Drew Owsley for his 23rd goal of the season.

55 seconds after the Bartschi goal, Troy Bourke hopped on a loose puck in the Winterhawks zone, and split through the defenders and lifted a back-hander past Mac Carruth for his 11th of the season.

just over three minutes later Portland capitalized on their first of three power play goals. Joseph Morrow fired a shot from the right point that found it’s way through traffic and into the net.

Portland took the 3-1 lead into the first intermission. The shots on goal were 17-7 for the Winterhawks after one.

Early in the second the Winterhawks added to their lead when Sven Bartschi converted on his second of the night. Brandon Leipsic would add a power play marker shortly thereafter and that spelt the end of the night for Drew Owsley.

Owsley faced 24 shots and made 19 saves. Devon Fordyce played the rest of the game and stopped 24 of the 26 shots he faced.

Ty Rattie struck for his 49th of the season on another Portland power play and the Winterhawks led 6-1 at the halfway point of the second period. That’s the way the second would end.

Early in the third, the Cougars came out with a ton of jump and it led to an early goal. Daulton Siwak buried his 13th of the season from in close on Mac Carruth and the Cougars trailed 6-2.

The Cougars continued to pepper the Portland goaltender, but Mac Carruth made the necessary saves to keep the game at 6-2.

Only one more goal was scored and it came late in the third period courtesy of Ty Rattie. Rattie who received a pass from Taylor Leier at the side of the goal and knocked in his 50th goal of the season.

In the end, the Winterhawks finished three-for-six on the power play while the Cougars were zero-for-four. The final shots on goal were 50-29 for Portland. The Cougars and Winterhawks will meet again on Tuesday night at 7.

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