Everett downs Winterhawks
It is difficult to win a hockey game when your opponent gets 10 power plays.
But it's equally tough to win when those 10 power plays do not produce a goal.
That was the lesson the Portland Winterhawks endured on Sunday in a 4-2 Western Hockey League loss to the Everett Silvertips in front of 6,037 fans at Moda Center.
The result halted Portland's win streak at five games. The Winterhawks are 5-3-0-1 (11 points, third in the U.S. Division).
With its third win in as many nights, Everett (6-3-0-0, 12) moved to the top of the division.
The Hawks entered Sunday converting a league- best 36.4 percent on the power play. But Everett, backed by some timely saves from goalie Dustin Wolf, silenced that phase of Portland's game.
"I think we weren't competing hard enough," Hawks captain Cody Glass said. "I felt like the plays were there, but once the puck went to the corner no one would want to go for it. The compete level wasn't there tonight."
Reece Newkirk and Robbie Fromm-Delorme scored second-period goals for Portland, which played from behind most of the game.
Everett had put a combined 97 shots on goal in home wins over Edmonton on Friday and Kamloops on Saturday. The Silvertips managed only 20 shots on goal on Sunday, including a game-clinching empty-net goal from Bryce Kindopp with 24 seconds left.
In addition to not scoring goals, Portland's silent power play made it difficult for the Winterhawks to use all four forward lines.
"Our power play didn't execute, basically," Winterhawks VP/GM/coach Mike Johnston said. "And if you don't score on the power play, it sinks your bench, and I thought we lost some momentum."
The inability to cash in on power plays — including a pair of four-minute advantages — was compounded because the first two Everett goals materialized from odd-man rush opportunities after killing a Portland power play. The Silvertips did not convert those initial chances, but both times scored seconds later.
Martin Fasho-Rudas put the 'Tips up 1-0 at 15:25 of the first period, finding space alone and beating Shane Farkas seconds after Farkas denied him on a breakaway chance.
Akash Bains' first goal of the season made the score 2-0 5:07 into the second period. He had an open net after a sprawling Farkas denied a Dawson Butt chance. That play started when Butt exited the penalty box to create an odd-man opportunity.
Portland finally broke through 14:10 into the second. Newkirk scored his sixth goal of the season after he won a face-off and went to the net for a tap-in of a cross-ice feed from Glass, who picked up his 15th assist in seven games this season.
Everett went up 3-1 three minutes later when a seemingly harmless shot from the point by Wyatte Wylie deflected past Farkas.
Strong work along the right-wing boards by Mason Mannek forced an Everett turnover, and Mannek slid a pass across the crease that Fromm-Delorme put home at 18:24 of the second period. It was the first WHL goal for the 16-year-old Portland winger.
Next for the Winterhawks is a 7 p.m. Friday game at Moda Center against the Vancouver Giant. Those teams play again one night later in British Columbia.