Early deficit doesn’t faze Winterhawks




The Portland Winterhawks rallied from an early deficit and defeated the visiting Kamloops Blazers 5-2 Wednesday at Memorial Coliseum.

Kamloops took a 2-0 lead in the first period, but Portland evened the game with a pair of goals less than one minute apart in the second.

The Winterhawks got on the board at the 8:17 mark when Nic Petan made a feed to Ty Rattie in the slot, and Rattie fired it past Kamloops netminder Cole Cheveldave. The Winterhawks tied it 34 seconds later when Joe Mahon scored his second of the season.

Portland took its first lead of the game 5:20 into the third when Petan scored from the right faceoff circle. It remained a one-goal game until the 15:20 mark when Taylor Peters, playing in his 300th career game, was sent on a breakaway while shorthanded and beat Cheveldave to give the Hawks a 4-2 lead.

Brendan Leipsic added a late empty net goal for Portland.

Rattie has points in all 12 games this month, with nine goals and 13 assists for 22 points in January. His points streak is at 15 games going back to before he left for the World Junior Championship.