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Winterhawks Game Day Preview: Portland at Everett– Second Round, Game #2 – Portland leads 1-0

Chris Mast

Portland at Everett– Second Round, Game #2 – 7:00 p.m. – Everett, WA – Portland leads 1-0

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The Winterhawks will look to have a repeat performance of their Game 1 showing tonight, as they took the opening contest of their series versus Everett 5-2 last night.

PREVIOUS GAME: 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.

TODAY’S OPPONENT: Matt Fonteyne was the best Silvertips player on the ice last night for Everett. Fonteyne picked up one of the Silvertips two goals in game 1, and was a threat numerous other times. Fonteyne currently leads the Silvertips in goals (4) and points (9) in the postseason in six games.

Garret Pilon was another Silvertips forward who created chances throughout the night. Pilon set up Sean Richards for Everett’s second goal of the game to make it just a one-goal contest. Pilon has been great for the Silvertips since coming over from the Kamloops Blazers at the trade deadline, including the postseason, Pilon has 44 points in 36 games with Everett.

WINTERHAWKS TO KEEP AN EYE ON: Portland got goals from all over their lineup in Game 1, with all five markers coming from different players. Conor MacEachern and John Ludvig both recorded their first career WHL postseason goals, while Jake Gricius potted his second of the playoffs just over two minutes into the game.

The Hawks number one line continued to roll. Cody Glass picked up his fourth of the postseason in the third period, while Kieffer Bellows and Skyler McKenzie connected late in the second frame to give Portland a 4-2 lead. The number one unit for Portland has now scored 9 of the 21 goals scored by Winterhawks forwards this postseason.

Cole Kehler continued his strong play against Everett. Coming into last night’s game, Kehler had shutout the Silvertips in back-to-back games. Kehler held Everett scoreless until just past the midway point of the second frame, and ended up making 32 saves in the victory for Portland.

STAT OF THE DAY: John Ludvig is first among rookies in the WHL with a plus six rating this postseason. His plus six rating is also good enough for sixth highest in the WHL among all players.

Series Schedule:

4/6/18 – Game 1 – Portland 5 at Everett 2

4/7/18 – Game 2 – Portland at Everett

4/10/18 – Game 3 – Everett at Portland

4/12/18 – Game 4 – Everett at Portland

*4/13/18 – Game 5 – Portland at Everett

*4/15/18 – Game 6 – Everett at Portland

*4/17/18 – Game 7 – Portland at Everett

*If necessary

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