Mac Carruth made 37 saves to backstop the Portland Winterhawks to a 7-1 win over the Calgary Hitmen Tuesday night at Scotiabank Saddledome.
The Winterhawks built period leads of 1-0 and 2-0 before blowing the game open with a pair of goals in the first two minutes of the third period.
Victor Rask was the lone Hitmen to beat Carruth, scoring on a two man advantage just past the midway mark of the final frame.
The loss drops the Hitmen record to 4-6-0-1 while Portland improves to 7-5-1-1.
Flames first round pic Sven Bartschi sat out the game with an injury but he will be a guest on the Hitmen Hockey Hour this Saturday from 1-2pm on Sportsnet960 The Fan.
Check out some game pics here! Special thanks to photographer Linda Coward.
Portland Winterhawks 7 at Calgary Hitmen 1
Tuesday, October 25, 2011 - Scotiabank Saddledome - Calgary, AB
Portland 1 1 5 - 7
Calgary 0 0 1 - 1
1, Portland, Swenson 1 (Rutkowski, Morrow), 19:08.
Penalties-Peters Por (interference), 4:56; Petan Por (delay of game), 12:01; Rattie Por (embellishment), 16:25; Sylvester Cal (cross checking), 16:25.
2, Portland, Trott 3 (Wrenn), 3:31.
Penalties-Humphries Cal (interference), 8:28; Bubnick Cal (slashing), 15:36.
3, Portland, Leier 2 (Peters), 0:51.
4, Portland, Leipsic 5 (De Leo), 1:18.
5, Portland, Ross 8 (Rattie), 8:48 (PP).
6, Calgary, Rask 7 (Sylvester, Clayton), 12:48 (PP).
7, Portland, Trott 4 (Swenson, Pouliot), 18:44 (PP).
8, Portland, Wrenn 1 (Trott), 19:52.
Penalties-Parker Por (major-fighting), 4:25; Kirsch Cal (major-fighting), 4:25; Rissling Cal (tripping), 4:43; Brassart Cal (inter. on goaltender), 8:33; Morrow Por (tripping), 11:09; Ross Por (roughing, roughing), 11:09; Brassart Cal (roughing), 11:09; Rattie Por (interference), 16:08; Rissling Cal (holding), 16:08; Ross Por (major-fighting), 16:10; Sutherland Cal (major-fighting), 16:10; Lubin Cal (inter. on goaltender), 18:01; Trott Por (major-fighting), 19:56; Sylvester Cal (slashing, major-fighting), 19:56.
Shots on Goal
Portland 8-15-13-36. Calgary 18-10-9-37.
Power Play Opportunities
Portland 2 / 6; Calgary 1 / 4.
Portland, Carruth 6-5-1-0 (37 shots-36 saves). Calgary, Glover 1-3-0-0 (10 shots-7 saves); Driedger 3-2-0-1 (26 shots-22 saves).
Referees-Tyler Adair (58), Jon Stephenson (38).
Linesmen-Chris Carlson (92), Justin Slimm (105).
My Post Game Highlights:
-Winterhawks sniper Brad Ross was stopped on a break-away by Chris Driedger
-The Hitmen had 17 shots on goal through the first 17 minutes
-Hitmen Kenton Miller it a goal post
-Hitmen Brooks Macek was stopped on a break-away by Mac Carruth
-Portland's two goals 27 seconds apart in the first two minutes of the third period not only shocked the Hitmen, but also took the crowd out of the game.
-Hitmen Justin Kirsch hit a goal post