Portland Scores Four in First, Routs Tri-City 6-0

John Allen

Portland, OR- Tri-City looked to earn the first win on the newly refurbished Veterans Memorial Coliseum.

But Portland wouldn’t let that happen as they scored four goals in the first period en route to the Portland Winterhawks (9-3-1-0, 19 pts) destroying the Tri-City Americans (9-6-1-1, 20 pts) 6-0 in Portland.

The Winterhawks dominated the first period. Portland scored early when Taylor Leier took the puck from behind the net and wrapped around and fired a wrist shot over Eric Comrie’s shoulder for a 1-0 lead. It wasn’t long until they increased the lead to two. Justin Feser took a penalty for slashing, and Portland capitalized on the power play when Chase De Leo one timed a shot past Comrie to make it 2-0 6:35 into the game. The onslaught continued less than three minutes later as Brendan Leipsic deflected a Seth Jones slap shot into the goal, making it 3-0 midway through the first.

That was enough for Jim Hiller to pull Comrie and let Brenden Fiebelkorn see his first action of the season. It didn’t take long for him to give up his first goal, as Seth Jones hit a slap shot from the point past Comrie to make it 4-0 towards the end of the first period.  

Tri-City had five shots in the second period with their best chance coming on a Feser late in the period but was denied by Mac Carruth. Portland scored in the final minute of the period as Leipsic scored his second of the game to make it 5-0 after two periods.

The third period did not get any better for the Americans, as Portland scored again early when Nicolas Petan added a goal to his team leading point total. Tri-City had chances in the period, including a 5-on-3 power play midway through the period, but couldn’t capitalize on the chance as the Americans only managed two shots in the period en route to the 6-0 loss.      

The six goals is a season high in goals allowed, and the six goal win was the largest margin of victory an opponent has had over the Americans this season. This is the first time during 2012-13 the Americans have been shutout.

Comrie and Fiebelkorn combined for 37 saves in the loss, while Mac Carruth made 15 saves in the shutout victory.

Tri-City will begin an eight game home stand starting on Friday, Nov. 2 when they welcome back the Everett Silvertips (6-8-0-1, 13 pts) to the Toyota Center. The game will be the start of a three game weekend at the Toyota Center. Tri-City has defeated Everett in all three games they have played this season, including a 2-0 shutout on Oct. 3. The puck drops at 7:05 p.m. NewsTalk 870 will broadcast the game starting at 6:45 p.m. with the pregame show. WHL Live will stream the game online. Tickets are available at the Toyota Center box office, any Fred Meyer outlet, at any Ticketmaster location, or online at Ticketmaster.com.

Jack in the Box Three Stars:
1. Ty Rattie, Portland

2. Brendan Leipsic, Portland
3. Mac Carruth, Portland

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Playoff Stats

Goalie GP W SO GAA SV%
Eric Comrie 5 1 0 3.46 0.917
Evan Sarthou 0 0 0 0.00 0.000
Player G A PTS PIM
Jessey Astles 1 0 1 2
Parker Bowles 1 2 3 4
Brandon Carlo 0 1 1 8
Ty Comrie 0 0 0 0
Jordan Davies 0 0 0 0
Morgan Geekie 0 0 0 0
Matthew Gelinas 0 0 0 0
Justin Gutierrez 1 3 4 2
Justin Hamonic 1 0 1 6
Riley Hillis 0 0 0 0
Justin Marreck 0 0 0 0
Devon McAndrews 0 0 0 0
Beau McCue 0 1 1 0
Lucas Nickles 0 0 0 4
Jackson Playfair 0 0 0 2
Michal Plutnar 0 0 0 2
Braden Purtill 0 0 0 2
Rodney Southam 0 0 0 0
Josh Thrower 0 0 0 5
Mitch Topping 0 2 2 4
Philip Tot 3 4 7 0
Taylor Vickerman 0 0 0 0
Brian Williams 3 2 5 4
Parker Wotherspoon 0 2 2 2
Standings
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Team GP W L OTL SL PTS
Kelowna Rockets 72 57 11 0 4 118
Victoria Royals 72 48 20 1 3 100
Vancouver Giants 72 32 29 7 4 75
Prince George Cougars 72 27 37 3 5 62
Kamloops Blazers 72 14 53 2 3 33
Team GP W L OTL SL PTS
Edmonton Oil Kings 72 50 19 2 1 103
Calgary Hitmen 72 48 17 3 4 103
Medicine Hat Tigers 72 44 24 3 1 92
Kootenay Ice 72 39 28 2 3 83
Red Deer Rebels 72 35 32 1 4 75
Lethbridge Hurricanes 72 12 55 2 3 29
Team GP W L OTL SL PTS
Regina Pats 72 39 26 4 3 85
Swift Current Broncos 72 38 25 3 6 85
Brandon Wheat Kings 72 34 29 6 3 77
Prince Albert Raiders 72 35 32 3 2 75
Moose Jaw Warriors 72 21 42 3 6 51
Saskatoon Blades 72 16 51 2 3 37
Team GP W L OTL SL PTS
Portland Winterhawks 72 54 13 2 3 113
Seattle Thunderbirds 72 41 25 2 4 88
Everett Silvertips 72 39 23 7 3 88
Spokane Chiefs 72 40 26 3 3 86
Tri-City Americans 72 29 33 4 6 68