Wolf, Silvertips stop Winterhawks
The Everett Silvertips got another strong performance from goalie Dustin Wolfe and beat the visiting Portland Winterhawks 4-1 in a Saturday Western Hockey League game.
Wolf stopped 33 of 44 Portland shots, including three breakaway chances as Everett improved to 7-1-0-0 (14 points) atop the U.S. Division. The Winterhawks remain second at 4-2-2-0 (10 points).
Mason Mannek scored his third goal of the season on a partial breakaway with 8:01 left in the second period to pull Portland within 3-1 and the Winterhawks forced Wolf to come up big several times late in the second period but couldn't get a second goal.
"They came out and generated a little bit early with their speed and with their down low game. Then when the game went on I really thought we created quite a few more chances, a lot more around the net," Winterhawks VP/GM/coach Mike Johnston said.
Dante Giannuzzi played another solid game in goal for Portland, finishing with 33 saves.
Everett started fast and led 2-0 after one period on goals from Olen Zellweger and Hunter Campbell. Jackson Berezowski made it 3-0 at 9:01 of the second period.
The Winterhawks were 0 for 3 on the power play, the Silvertips 0 for 5.
Portland was still without injured centers Tyson Kozak and Gabe Klassen and rookie defenseman Ryder Thompson left Saturday's game in the first period after getting clipped with a high stick.
Portland is at Everett again on Tuesday for a 7:05 p.m. game.
"I think the start (of the game) and then special teams, those are key factors when you're playing a team like (Everett)," Johnston said.
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