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Staff report: Silvertips win 4-3 Friday, hand visiting Portland its first regulation loss since November 4

A run of 21 games without a regulation loss ended for the Portland Winterhawks on Friday at Everett.

The Silvertips got a huge performance from goalie Dustin Wolf and rallied from a two-goal deficit to beat the Winterhawks 4-3 in Western Hockey League action at Angel of the Winds Arena in Everett.

It was the first time since a Nov. 4 loss to Kamloops that Portland did not earn at least one point from a game.

The Winterhawks lead over the Silvertips in the U.S. Division was trimmed to seven points. Portland is 35-7-2-3 (75 points). Everett is 32-11-3-1 (68 points).

Portland got a spectacular goal from Jake Gricius and goals from defensemen Jonas Brondberg and Johnny Ludvig, but had trouble getting quality chances at even strength and, when it did generate danger, had a hard time beating Wolf. The Everett goalie finished with 32 saves including several huge stops in the final two minutes with Portland playing with an extra attacker.

Bryce Kindopp shook off a nine-game slump to score twice for the Silvertips, including a strong individual play for his 32nd of the season to make it 4-2 Everett with 10:44 left in the game.

The go-ahead goal came just 22 seconds into the third period. Everett kept the puck in the attacking zone after Portland had a chance to clear. Wyatte Wylie got credit for the goal that made it 3-2 Tips, though his blast from the top of the right-wing circle appeared to change directions off the raised stick of Jackson Berezkowski on its way past Joel Hofer. After a video review by officials the goal stood stood.

Kindopp's first goal shifted momentum in the game. His power-play one-timer from the slot coming 19 seconds after Portland's Gricius delivered a goal-of-the-year candidate to put Portland ahead 2-0. Gricius scored an unassisted short-handed goal, flipping the puck over Wolf's shoulder from with a between-the-legs shot to finish off a breakaway.

Everett tied it late in the period on another one-timer, this one from the left-wing circle by Brendan Lee after a strong Silvertips' forechecking shift.

Portland dominated much of the second period, outshooting Everett 17-5 and breaking a scoreless tie 1:59 into the period when Brondberg fired home a shot seconds after a power-play expired for his sixth goal of the season. During one second-period spell, Wolf made about six tough stops as the Hawks kept the puck in the attacking zone for more than two minutes.

Despite that dominance, the score was 2-2 after two and Portland spent the third period playing from behind.

A power-play goal from Ludvig with 4:22 left gave the Hawks life and they played the final 2:08 with Hofer on the bench for an extra attacker. Among the close calls was a toe save by Wolf after Lane Gilliss re-directed a shot in front.

Portland was 1 for 2 on the power play. Everett finish 1 for 4 with a man advantage with the Gricius short-handed goal and a second short-handed breakaway for Reece Newkirk that Wolf turned away.

The Winterhawks return to Veterans Memorial Coliseum for a 6 p.m. Saturday game against Seattle.

The game will be televised on KRCW (channel 32) in Portland.

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