Everett tips Winterhawks
The Everett Silvertips scored twice in the shootout on Wednesday to emerge with a 3-2 Western Hockey League win over the visiting Portland Winterhawks.
It was the fifth consecutive win for Everett. Portland's five-game winning streak ended, but the Winterhawks earned a point in their sixth consecutive game after erasing a two-goal deficit in the third period.
The win in front of 3,346 fans at Angel of the Winds Arena moved Everett (15-6-0-0, 30 points) four points up on second-place Portland (12-6-0-2, 26) in the U.S. Division.
Reece Newkirk and Ryan Hughes scored 41 seconds apart early in the third period as Portland tied the game at 2-2.
The Silvertips converted on two early power plays for their goals.
Winterhawks goalie Shane Farkas made a season-high 41 saves.
Silvertips goalie Dustin Wolf made 39 saves, not counting two in the shootout.
Connor Dewar and Riley Sutter converted for Everett in the shootout.
Joachim Blichfeld converted his shootout chance for Portland, but Wolf denied Cody Glass and Newkirk.
In games that have gone to overtime this season, Portland is 1-2 with losses both times the game reached a shootout.
The Winterhawks had to fight from behind on Wednesday. Dewar's 16th goal of the season opened the scoring 2:27 into the game, and Dewar set up Bryce Kindopp's eighth goal of the season at 12:25 of the first period.
Farkas blanked Everett over the remaining 52:35 of hockey.
Portland's goals came in quick succession early in the third period.
Newkirk scored his 13th of the season 3:14 into the third period, lifting a back-hander past Wolf off of a Jaydon Dureau feed at the end of a quick up-ice rush.
Forty-one seconds later, the game was tied.
Hughes wiped a quick shot from the left-wing circle past Wolf for his seventh goal of the season. He took a drop pass from Glass, who had chased down a puck held in at the point by Clay Hanus.
Everett finished 2 for 3 on the power play. Portland was 0 for 3, and came up empty on a four-minute advantage in the second period.
The top two teams in the U.S. Division meet again on Friday, when Everett visits Memorial Coliseum for a 7 p.m. contest.