Quick Start Leads to Winterhawks 5-2 Victory in Game 1 over Everett

Chris Mast

Portland Winterhawks (5) vs Everett Silvertips (2)

Angels of the Winds Arena – Everett, WA– Friday, April 6th

Portland got off to a quick start in Everett with two goals in the first 10 minutes and never looked back, taking down the Silvertips 5-2 in Game 1 of their second round matchup.

Jake Gricius got the Winterhawks on the board just 2:13 into the opening frame off a rebound from a shot from John Ludvig. Then, just over seven minutes later, Conor MacEachern banged in another rebound, this time off of a Reece Newkirk shot, to make it 2-0 Portland.

The Hawks would extend their lead to three early in the second, when John Ludvig wired home a slapshot from the top of the left circle to make it 3-0. But the Silvertips responded, scoring twice in just over six minutes to make it a 3-2 game with 1:03 remaining in the second period. But with just 1.1 seconds left in the frame, Kieffer Bellows found Skyler McKenzie on a 2-on-1, who then beat Hart to give Portland a 4-2 lead after 40 minutes.

In the third, the Cole Kehler made 11 saves for Portland, including a massive stop on a Patrick Bajkov breakaway. Cody Glass would then net his fourth of the postseason just before the midway point to give Portland a 5-2 lead. The Hawks would play shutdown defense the rest of the way and hold on for the 5-2 victory. Cole Kehler made 32 saves on the night.

With the win, the Winterhawks take a 1-0 series advantage.

The Winterhawks continue their playoffs against the Everett Silvertips for Round 2 on Saturday April 7th on the road, and return home April 10th for game 3. Tickets on sale here, and single game and group tickets now on sale.

Scoring Summary:

  • 1st @ 2:13 – POR – Jake Gricius (2), John Ludvig, Mason Mannek
  • 1st @ 9:32 – POR – Conor MacEachern (1), Reece Newkirk, Ty Kolle
  • 2nd @ 2:52 – POR – John Ludvig (1), Ty Kolle
  • 2nd @ 12:36 – EVT – Matt Fonteyne (4), Ian Walker, Patrick Bajkov
  • 2nd @ 18:57 – EVT – Sean Richards (2), Garrett Pilon
  • 2nd @ 19:58 – POR – Skyler McKenzie (3), Kieffer Bellows
  • 3rd @ 9:57 – POR – Cody Glass (4), Kieffer Bellows


POR: 36

EVT: 34


POR: 0/1

EVT: 0/1


POR: Cole Kehler 32 saves

EVT: Carter Hart with 31 saves


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