The Everett Silvertips solidified their grip on the U.S. Division by rolling past the visiting Portland Winterhawks on Saturday at Angel of the Winds Arena in Everett.
Everett is 38-13-1-1 for 78 points. Second-place Portland fell to 33-16-3-2 for 71 points.
Defenseman Jake Christiansen scored three goals, twice in the decisive second period when the Silvertips scored four times to take command of the game.
The Silvertips outshot Portland 53-29 and were dominant on special teams.
Christiansen opened the scoring 5:31 into the second period with a slap shot from the high slot with six seconds left in an Everett power play and capped the four-goal outburst with a shot from the point at 19:26.
Between those two goals the Silvertips got a short-handed goal from Bryce Kindopp at 14:27 of the period at the end of a three-on-two rush and a Max Patterson power-play goal at 18:49.
Everett outshot Portland 16-5 in the second period.
Christiansen's third goal came 8:08 into the third-period, a power-play finish into an open net off a nifty feed from Connor Dewar.
Everett finished 3 for 8 on the power play after a penalty-filled third period and the Silvertips killed all four Portland power plays — including a 50-second five-on-three in the third period that generated a couple of chances.
Everett goalie Dustin Wolf made 29 saves for his league-leading sixth shutout of the season. His biggest stop was on a Joachim Blichfeld short-handed breakaway with the game still scoreless early in the second period.
The five-goal margin matched the Hawks' worst loss of the season, equalling a 7-2 loss on Jan. 30 at Spokane.
The Winterhawks are home Sunday for a 5 p.m. game at Moda Center against Medicine Hat.
The Hockey Challenge promotion to benefit Ronald McDonald House in the Portland area, scheduled for Sunday, has been postponed until Feb. 17 because of the weather forecast for Portland. The event will include a game featuring former Winterhawks at the conclusion of the game against Seattle at Moda Center.
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