SUNDAY WHL RECAP/Silvertips extend their U.S. Division lead, leading all the way at Memorial Coliseum

The Portland Winterhawks dug themselves a hole on Sunday night and couldn't quite get out.

Everett scored four of the game's first five goals and held on to win 5-3 before 2,408 fans at Memorial Coliseum.

An empty-net goal with 29 seconds by Connor Dewar, his 21st tally of the Western Hockey League season, gave the Silvertips their two-goal margin.

Shots on goal were evidence of a close contest — Everett finished with 32, Portland 31.

Shane Farkas went the distance in goal and took the loss.

Dustin Wolf picked up the win.

The teams got only one goal out of 12 power plays — Portland was 1 for 5, Everett 0 for 7.

The 'Tips improved their U.S. Division lead, bumping their record to 19-7-1-0 (39 points).

The Winterhawks are second in the division at 14-9-0-2 (30).

It took Everett only 1:53 to get the first goal.

Portland's Jared Freadrich evened the count at 5:05 of the first period off assists from Mason Mannek and Jake Gricius.

Everett's Martin Fasko-Rudas scored his second goal of the night 3:15 later, and the Silvertips extended their advantage to 2-1 at 16:11.

In the second period, Luke Ormsby's goal at 17:34 gave Everett a 4-1 bulge.

Portland cut the gap with Michal Kvasnica scoring at 18:01 of the second frame. Assists went to Lane Gilliss and John Ludvig.

On the power play, Joachim Blichfeld of the Hawks scored his 21st goal of the season to make it a 4-3 game. Ryan Hughes got an assist on the score at 9:27 of the third period.

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