PORTLAND -- Sven Bartschi had a goal and two assists Wednesday night to lead the Portland Winterhawks to a 5-3 victory against the injury-depleted Tri-City Americans at Memorial Coliseum.
The Winterhawks (38-15-2-1) join the Americans (38-14-1-2) atop the U.S. Division standings with 79 points.
Tri-City, missing Mason Wilgosh, Marcus Messier, Malte Strmwall, Jesse Mychan and Tyson Dallman because of injuries, played with just 10 healthy forwards.
The Ameri-cans ran out of gas by the end of the game.
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Portland jumped out to a 2-0 lead with goals by Bartschi and Oliver Gabriel at 8:48 of the first period, outshooting the Americans 13-0.
Tri-City finally got on track, getting a short-handed goal from Brendan Shinnimin at 15:23. Jordan Messier tied the score at 2 with a power-play goal at 16:14.
The Winterhawks scored three goals in the second, as Marcel Noebels, Troy Rutkowski and Brad Ross found the net.
Connor Rankin scored with 12 seconds left in the game for Tri-City, which lost its second game in a row.
Portland outshot Tri-City 50-26. Ty Rimmer finished with 45 saves for the Ameri-cans.
Tri-City will have today off before playing Friday night at Seattle and hosting Spokane on Saturday. Friday night's game against the Thunderbirds will be televised on ROOT Sports.