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WHL: Bittner leads Winterhawks to win over Silvertips

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The Canadian Press
1/6/2013 1:56:49 AM
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Even without three of their top players, the Portland Winterhawks keep on rolling through the Western Hockey League.

Paul Bittner scored two third-period goals to break a tie and lead the Winterhawks to a 5-3 win over the visiting Everett Silvertips on Saturday.

Portland has now won 10 games in a row, including all eight played without stars Seth Jones, Ty Rattie and Tyler Wotherspoon, who have all been competing at the world junior championship in Russia.

Nicolas Petan and Brendan Leipsic each added a goal and two assists for Portland (33-5-1), while Troy Rutkowski scored the other.

Petan now sits second in league scoring with 27 goals and 67 points in 39 games while Leipsic is a close third with 25 goals and 65 points in 36 games. Both players sit behind Kamloops Blazers' forward Colin Smith, who has 68 points in 42 games.

Logan Aasman scored his first WHL goal for Everett (16-24-2), which also got goals from Manraj Hayer and Joshua Winquist.

Brendan Burke made 23 saves to earn the victory as Austin Lotz stopped 32 shots in defeat.

Portland finished 2 for 3 with the man advantage while the Silvertips went scoreless on three opportunities.

Elsewhere in the WHL, it was: Regina 5, Prince Albert 2; Medicine Hat 4, Brandon 2; Edmonton 5, Vancouver 0; Swift Current 3, Lethbridge 2 (SO); Red Deer 4, Moose Jaw 3; Kelowna 8, Prince George 4; Spokane 5, Seattle 2 and Victoria 5, Tri-City 2.

At Portland, Ore., Hayer scored shorthanded in the first period to give the Silvertips a short-lived early lead.

Rutkowski answered 37 seconds later on the power play, then Petan scored another power-play goal to put Portland up 2-1 through one period.

The Silvertips reclaimed the lead with goals by Winquist and Aasman 50 seconds apart in the second period, but Leipsic answered to tie the game after 40 minutes of play.

Bittner's winner came just 2:07 into the third period, and he added an insurance goal with 2:08 remaining in regulation. A rookie from Crookston, Minn., Bittner has scored five goals in his last three games to give him seven for the season.

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Pats 5 Raiders 2

At Prince Albert, Sask., Braden Christoffer scored twice, including his first WHL goal, and Teagan Sacher turned aside 30 shots as Regina (17-21-4) picked up its fourth straight win by downing Prince Albert (24-14-3).

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Tigers 4 Wheat Kings 2

At Brandon, Man., Curtis Valk had a goal and two assists and Dylan Bredo and Hunter Shinkaruk each had a goal and an assist as Medicine Hat (18-20-3) doubled up the Wheat Kings (14-23-4), who dropped their third game in a row.

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Oil Kings 5 Giants 0

At Edmonton, Tristan Jarry turned aside all 24 shots he faced for his third shutout of the season and five players scored for the Oil Kings (27-8-5) as they blanked Vancouver (11-29-0) for their fourth win in a row.

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Broncos 3 Hurricanes 2 (SO)

At Lethbridge, Alta., Adam Lowry scored twice in regulation and once in the shootout and Landon Bow made 34 saves as Swift Current (18-20-5) halted its three-game winless streak by beating the Hurricanes (19-18-6).

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Rebels 4 Warriors 3

At Red Deer, Alta., Mathew Dumba scored a short-handed goal at 18:23 of the third period, which proved to be the winner, and Grant Naherniak stopped 27 shots for his first WHL as the Rebels (23-16-4) beat Moose Jaw (14-20-7) to end a four-game winless streak.

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Rockets 8 Cougars 4

At Prince George, B.C., Tyson Baillie and Myles Bell had a goal and two assists each and Jordon Cooke made 19 saves as Kelowna (29-10-2) doubled up the Cougars (12-22-5) to extend its win streak to six games.

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Chief 5 Thunderbirds 2

At Kent, Wash., Mike Aviani and Brenden Kichton each had a goal and an assist and Eric Williams stopped 30 shots as Spokane (25-13-1) handed the Thunderbirds (16-21-3) their 10th loss in a row.

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Royals 5 Americans 2

At Victoria, Brandon Magee scored twice and set up one more and Patrik Polivka made 30 saves as the Royals (20-15-3) beat Tri-City (22-15-3) for their first win in three outings.

Portland Winter Hawks (Photo: TSN)

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