The Portland Winterhawks fired nearly 60 shots on goal and earned a 5-2 Western Hockey League win over the Regina Pats on Sunday at the Moda Center in front of 9,019 fans.
The Hawks (15-4-1-1) were dominant through much of the first, outshooting Regina 16-5. They opened the scoring 4:46 into the game when Paul Bittner led a rush into the Regina zone, collected a rebound off his own shot, went behind the net and fed Nic Petan in front, who beat Pats netminder Dawson MacAuley to make it 1-0. Portland extended the lead to 2-0 with a power play goal at the 15:46 mark when Brendan Leipsic went top corner for his 11th goal of the season.
The Pats (11-10-0-0) got on the board 3:15 into the second on a goal by Dryden Hunt to cut the Hawks’ lead to 2-1. Portland again dominated play through much of the frame though, and went back up by two on a Taylor Leier blast from the point with just 37.9 seconds left to make it 3-1 heading into the third.
Regina got within one when Kyle Burroughs scored 4:39 into the third to cut Portland’s lead to 3-2, but the Hawks responded 1:21 later when Chase De Leo split two defensemen on a rush and went top shelf to make it a 4-2 advantage. Portland added to the lead at the 13:42 mark when Leier deflected a shot past MacAuley on a power play to take a 5-2 lead, which stood as the final. The Hawks never let the Pats back into the game in the final frame, outshooting them 24-10 in the third.
Nic Petan finished with a goal and two assists, while Leier had two goals.
Jarrod Schamerhorn earned the win in net for the Hawks with 21 saves on 23 shots. MacAuley took the loss, but made 53 saves on 58 shots.
Portland was 2-5 on the power play and 4-4 on the penalty kill.
The Hawks are back in action Tuesday when they host the Seattle Thunderbirds at the Moda Center at 7 p.m.