Portland Winterhawks beat Everett Silvertips in OT
Gabe Klassen scored with 57.6 seconds left in overtime to give the Portland Winterhawks a 4-3 win Tuesday, Dec. 14, over the Everett Silvertips to close out an 11-game home stretch at Veterans Memorial Coliseum.
Portland scored twice in the third period to force overtime, then got its first win in a three-on-three OT period this season.
The Winterhawks have won four in a row and earned at least a point in 10 of the 11 games on the extended home stand.
Portland is 12-10-3-1 (28 points). Everett, the top team in the Western Hockey League's Western Conference, is 19-5-2-1 (41 points). The Silvertips, who are part of Team Canada for the upcoming World Juniors tournament, are down a couple of top players and head coach Dennis Williams.
Klassen scored his 11th and 12th goals of the season for Portland.
Portland controlled the first half of the game, but was behind 3-1 entering the third period as Everett scored three times within three minutes late in the second period.
James Stefan scored with 6:31 left to pull Portland within 2-3. Stefan's 10th goal of the season was a tap-in at the end of a nifty give-and-go play on the rush with Jaydon Dureau.
Moments later, Dureau tied it 3-3 on a snap shot through traffic from the top of the left-wing circle. Dureau now has points in 10 consecutive games.
Klassen, who opened the scoring on the power play 6:36 into the second period, scored the winner after Cross Hanas made a toe-drag move to the net but had the puck knocked off his stick. Klassen wasted no time whipping a shot through traffic for the winner.
Winterhawks goalie Dante Giannuzzi made 27 saves, including a big one to deny a Silvertips odd-man rush in overtime.
Hanas thought he'd scored the winner earlier in the overtime as he drove to the net, but the goal was waved off because of goaltender interference.
Portland outshot Everett 39-20, including 17-11 in a strong third period. The Hawks were 1 for 4 on the power play, with the Silvertips effectively killing a pair of Portland power plays early in the third period.
Everett was 1 for 3 on the power play, Jackson Berezowski scoring his 20th goal of the season to put the visitors up 3-1 at 16:34 of the second period. Portland immediately had to kill another penalty to keep Everett from extending its lead.
Niko Huuhtanen tied the score 1-1 13:36 into the second period and Michael Gut made it 2-1 at 14:43.
Before getting the traditional holiday week off, the Winterhawks travel to Spokane for games on Friday and Saturday, Dec. 17 and 18.
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