Winterhawks sink Silvertips
The Portland Winterhawks opened a busy weekend and a busy month with a solid win on Friday at Everett.
The Winterhawks set the tone early and beat the Silvertips 4-1 in Western Hockey League action at Angel of the Winds Arena.
Seth Jarvis had a goal and assist and Mason Mannek, Lane Gilliss and Matthew Quigley also scored as Portland jumped past Everett into first place in the U.S. Division.
The Winterhawks fourth win in a row improved them to 9-3–0-1 (19 points). The Silvertips had a five-game winning streak snapped and are 9-4-0-0 (18 points).
Portland goalie Joel Hofer finished with 28 saves and kept the Hawks comfortably in front over the final two periods.
Quigley's first goal of the season, a blast from the right wing 8:29 into the third period pretty much sealed the deal for the visitors in a contentious affair that saw the teams combine for 58 minutes in penalties.
Special teams continued to lead the way for Portland. The Winterhawks league-leading power play was 2 for 5 and their penalty kill was perfect in five Silvertips penalties and registered a key short-handed goal.
Gilliss made it 3-0 for Portland 4:41 into the second period, putting his own rebound past Wolf for the second power-play goal of the night. Robbie Fromm-Delorme set up Gilliss, weaving his way from the blueline and delivering a centering pass.
Everett broke through at 7:52 of the second period. Defenseman Parker Hendren scored from the high slot, pouncing on a loose puck with Hofer down and out on a scramble play in front of the net.
The Winterhawks led 2-0 after the first period on an early power-play goal from Jarvis and a short-handed goal from Mannek late in the period. Jarvis skated up the right wing with speed and lifted the puck over goalie Dustin Wolf from a tight angle for his seventh goal of the season to open the scoring 4:16 into the game. Mannek made it 2-0 by scoring his second of the season with 26 seconds left in the first, stealing the puck in the offensive zone and then putting home his own rebound for a short-handed goal
It looked like the Silvertips got one back in the final second of the period when Bryce Kindopp poked a rebound through Hofer's pads. But a video review showed the puck trickled across the goal line just after time expired in the period.
Portland has points in seven consecutive games with six wins and a shootout loss.
Friday's game was the first of three in three nights for the Winterhawks, who play host to Seattle at 6 p.m. Saturday and to Kamloops at 5 p.m. Sunday. Both of those games are at Memorial Coliseum. Saturday's game against Seattle will be televised on KRCW, channel 32 (Comcast channel 3).
The Hawks will honor former radio announcer Dean Vrooman during Saturday's game.
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