The Everett Silvertips increased their lead in the U.S. Division of the Western Hockey League on Wednesday with a 4-1 win over the visiting Portland Winterhawks.
It was the fourth consecutive win for Everett (20-7-1-0, 41 points) and the fourth loss in five games for Portland (14-10-0-2, 30).
The Winterhawks were without captain Cody Glass because of an undisclosed injury. The injury is not serious, and his status is day-to-day.
Cross Hanas scored for Portland. Four players contributed goals for Everett as the Silvertips outshot the Winterhawks 41-35.
The Winterhawks played a strong first period and led 1-0 more than halfway through the game played in front of 3,024 fans at Angel of the Winds Arena.
But the Silvertips turned the tide with two quick goals late in the second period and limited Portland's scoring chances over the final two periods.
Everett scored goals 47 seconds apart in the second period to turn a deficit into a 2-1 lead at the end of 40 minutes.
Reece Vitelli's third goal of the season on a breakaway set up by a stretch pass from Wyatte Wylie tied the score at 1-1 at 14:40 of the second period.
The Silvertips took a 2-1 lead at the end of an odd-man rush at 15:27 of the second period, with Sean Richards scoring his eighth of the season off a feed from Connor Dewar.
Martin Fasko-Rudas made the score 3-1 4:45 into the third period, walking from behind the goal and beating Farkas inside the near post.
An empty-net goal for Dewar with 58 seconds left sealed the outcome.
Portland goalie Shane Farkas finished with 37 saves. Everett's Dustin Wolf made 34 stops.
Portland was 0 for 3 on the power play, and Everett was 0 for 4.
Everett improved to 5-2-0-0 against Portland. One of those was a shootout win for the Silvertips.
Portland led 1-0 after the first period as Cross Hanas and Clay Hanus teamed up midway through the period. Hanus found Hanas with a stretch pass to send the 16-year-old rookie from Texas in behind the defense, and he scored his third goal of the season.
Wolf denied Portland's Mason Mannek on a shorthanded opportunity later in the first period.
The Winterhawks play their next four games at home, starting with Saturday's 6 p.m. game against Spokane at Memorial Coliseum. That contest is the popular annual Teddy Bear Toss game.
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