The Portland Winterhawks brought out the brooms on Saturday night and swept up a weekend series against the Kelowna Rockets.
Ty Rattie had two goals and an assist for Portland, while first-round NHL draft picks Ryan Johansen and Nino Niederreiter also scored, as the host Winterhawks defeated the Rockets 6-1. It was the second time in as many nights that Kelowna lost in Oregon. On Friday, Portland scored a tighter 4-2 win over Kelowna, with two goals coming late in the third period to seal the result.
Narrow wasn’t the tale of Saturday’s tape. Not after Portland lit the lamp three times in the first frame, then once more in the second to take a 4-0 lead after 40 minutes.
“It wasn’t a good night. It wasn’t the same as the night before, that’s for sure,” said Rockets head coach Ryan Huska. “They scored three times in the first, and we weren’t able to come back from that.”
Huska said the frustrating part of Saturday’s loss was that “we have to find the part of our game that’s missing, and, right now, we’re not having everybody stepping up and competing hard. That’s the tough part.
“We need more than just four to five guys every night . . . we need to get the whole group going.”
Sven Bartschi, who tallied his 11th goal of the season while also registering an assist, and Tayler Jordan, with his first, also scored for Portland (12-2-0-1), which has won six in a row, including three victories over Kelowna. The Hawks are 10-1 in their past 11 games.
Shane McColgan, with his fourth goal of the season, a power-play goal tallied midway through the third period, replied for Kelowna (4-10-0-0), which has lost five of its last six games. McColgan’s goal came just 35 seconds into the man advantage. Earning assists were Tyson Barrie and Zach Franko.
The Hawks outshot the Rockets 41-30. Adam Brown, making his fourth consecutive start for Kelowna, stopped 35 shots, while Mac Carruth made 29 saves for Portland.
The Hawks were 3-for-8 on the power play, while the Rockets were 1-for-7. On Friday, the Rockets were 0-for-9.
ICE CHIPS: Kelowna’s scratches were D Mitchell Chapman (sixth game of a six-game suspension for kneeing), D Brendon Wall (concussion), RW Jessey Astles and LW Jason Siebert. . . . The attendance was 2,508. Kelowna is back in action on Tuesday, when the Prince George Cougars visit Prospera Place. Game time is 7 p.m. . . . Following that, the Rockets visit Kamloops on Wednesday, Vancouver on Friday, then host Chilliwack on Saturday night.
Rockets 1 at Winterhawks 6
1. Portland, Rattie 10 (Morrow) 9:42 (pp)
2. Portland, Bartschi 11 (Burns, Rattie) 18:02
3. Portland, Johansen 4 (Ross, Aronson) 19:03 (pp)
Penalties — Rutkowski Por (high sticking) 4:06, Chikie Kel (holding) 8:33, Severson Kel (fighting), Jordan Por (slashing, fighting) 11:59, Hanson, Por (high sticking) 15:12, McColgan Kel (roughing) 18:29, Bloodoff Kel (elbowing), Corbin Kel (hooking).
4. Portland, Rattie 11 (Morrow, Bartschi) 2:10
Bench minor Kel (too many men, penalty served by Chikie) 8:06, Chikie Kel (fighting), Rattie Por (elbowing, fighting) 10:16, Wotherspoon Por (boarding) 11:29, Corbin Kel (tripping) 12:13, Bloodoff Kel (slashing) 12:30.
5. Portland, Niederreiter 1 (Ross, Rutkow-ski) 8:03 (pp)
6. Kelowna, McColgan 4 (Barrie, Franko) 10:39 (pp)
7. Portland, Jordan 1 13:31
Penalties — Koren Kel (tripping) 6:05, Hanson Por (tripping) 10:04, Main Kel, Wotherspoon Por (fighting) 14:51, Callahan Kel (roughing) 15:52.
Shots on goal by
Kelowna 14 8 8 — 30
Portland 10 16 15 — 41
Goal — Kelowna: Brown (L, 2-9); Portland: Carruth (W, 6-1).
Power plays (goals-chances) — Kelowna: 1-7; Portland: 3-8.
Attendance — 2,508.