Silvertips rally past Winterhawks
Mike Johnston said a fast start was one thing he wanted to see from his Portland Winterhawks Tuesday, April 6, in their Western Hockey League game at Everett.
Portland's VP/GM/coach got that start from his team, with two goals in the first 1:38 of the game.
But the Silvertips had the big finish, scoring three goals in the final 5:11 to beat the Winterhawks 6-4 at Angel of the Winds Arena in Everett.
Everett is 8-1-0-0 for 16 points, solidly atop the U.S. Division. Portland is 4-3-2-0 for 10 points, third in the division.
Despite the result, Johnston said the performance was an improvement from a 4-1 weekend loss at Everett.
"There were a lot of positives in (Tuesday's) game. I thought tonight we did a lot of things that gave them trouble," Johnston said. "They're one of the better teams in the league. They've got some excellent older people in their group."
Johnston noted that Portland hasn't been able to play with four forward lines often this season. Tyson Kozak returned to the lineup Tuesday but then rookie winger Aiden Litke couldn't go after the first period.
Portland led 2-0, 3-1 and 4-2, but each time Everett scored the next goal.
Goals from Jaydon Dureau and Reece Newkirk put Portland in front quickly, and Mason Mannek and Seth Jarvis later scored. Jarvis' fourth goal of the season came shorthanded with 10:31 left in the second period, but the Winterhawks did not score over the second 30 minutes of the game.
The power play was big for Everett, which pulled within 4-3 on a tip-in from Jacob Wright late in the second period and tied the game 4-4 on an in-close finish for Hunter Campbell with 5:11 remaining.
The decisive goal was a one-timer from 16-year-old Everett rookie Ben Hemmerling with 3:08 left in the game.
Everett outshot Portland 13-6 in the third period. The Winterhawks did have several chances, including a breakaway that rolled off the stick of Dureau when Portland led 4-3 and a couple of looks while skating with the extra attacker before an empty-net goal from Jackson Berezowski sealed it for Everett.
It is the seventh consecutive win for Everett over Portland dating back to the 2019-20 season.
Portland scored two goals 28 seconds apart early in the first period. The first was from Dureau on a two-on-one with Jarvis at 1:04. The second was a spin-o-rama shot from near the blueline by Newkirk that somehow made it through traffic and past Everett goalie Dustin Wolf.
Mannek's goal at 14:36 of the first made it 3-1 Portland. He beat Wolf from close range after quick passes from Newkirk and Simon Knak.
Jarvis scored shorthanded midway through the second period to make it 4-2 Portland.
But that was the end of the scoring for the visitors.
Portland was 0 for 2 on the power play. Hawks' goalie Dante Giannuzzi finished with 28 saves. Everett won the faceoff battle, 38-24.
The Winterhawks' next three games are against last-place Spokane, beginning with road games at 6:10 p.m. Friday and 5:10 p.m. Saturday. The Chiefs are winless entering a Wednesday home game against Tri-City.
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