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Winterhawks Game Day Preview: Portland vs. Everett– Second Round, Game #5 – Everett leads 3-1

Ben Ludeman

Portland at Everett– Second Round, Game #5 – Everett leads 3-1 – 7:35 p.m. – Everett, WA

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The Winterhawks will look to keep their season alive tonight in Everett. Portland is down 3-1 in their second-round series with the Silvertips. With a win, the Winterhawks will return to Portland on Sunday for Game 6 at the Moda. The Hawks lone victory in the series thus far came in Game One at the Angel of the Winds Arena in Everett.

PREVIOUS GAME: Henri Jokiharju gave Portland a 2-1 lead with just over two minutes remaining in the third period, but two late goals from Everett led to a 3-2 Silvertips victory. The Silvertips now own a 3-1 advantage in the best-of-seven second round series.

Everett got on the board first with just over one-minute remaining in the opening period, when Connor Dewar tipped a point-shot past Winterhawks goaltender Cole Kehler to make it 1-0 Everett.

In the second period, Portland outshot Everett 12-3 but were unable to beat Silvertips netminder Carter Hart.

In the third, the Winterhawks finally broke through when a Brendan De Jong drive bounced off a Silvertip player infront and found the back of the net to tie the game at one with 14:46 remaining in regulation. Portland then brought the 7,312 screaming Winterhawk fans to their feet when Henri Jokiharju wristed home a powerplay marker with just 2:07 left in the game.

But the Silvertips came right back, with Garrett Pilon firing a rebound goal past Kehler to tie things at two just nine seconds later. Then, 46 seconds later, again the Silvertips converted, this time on a Wyatte Wylie shot from just inside the right circle that bounced off a body infront of the net. Down 3-2, Portland pulled their goalie late, which led to a fantastic Skyler McKenzie chance, but Carter Hart denied him. The Silvertips would hold on for the 3-2 win.

TODAY’S OPPONENT: Garret Pilon had a goal and an assist for the Silvertips in their 3-2 win over Portland last night. Pilon, since coming over from Kamloops, including the postseason, now has 49 points in 39 games for Everett. He is currently second on the Silvertips in points these playoffs with 13.

Carter Hart continues to impress for Everett. The Hawks have now thrown 112 shots Hart’s way over the last three games, and the Flyers prospect has made 108 saves, allowing just four goals.

Silvertips defenseman Wyatte Wylie had perhaps the biggest game of his young career. The 18-year old had the game winning goal, and picked up an assist on the Silvertips first goal of the game. Wylie’s four points in the series are the most by a defenseman on either team.

WINTERHAWKS TO KEEP AN EYE ON: Joachim Blichfeld, usually known for his wicked shot, has been playing the part of playmaker as of late. Blichfeld set up Brendan De Jong for the Hawks tying goal in the third period. For Blichfeld, it was his third assist in two games and third straight Hawks goal he’d picked up a helper on.

While he didn’t score, forward Kieffer Bellows was a force all night. The New York Islanders first-round pick had a game-high seven shots, and that doesn’t include one of his bullets that rang off the post. Bellows also had a breakaway chance that was stopped by Silvertips netminder Carter Hart. Bellows did pick up the primary assist on Henri Jokiharju’s goal, increasing his playoff point total to 13 in 11 games.

Portland was the best road team in the regular season and will need another big road effort tonight. Including the regular season, Portland is 4-3 at the Angel of the Winds Arena this year.

STAT OF THE DAY: Six of Cody Glass’ 13 points this postseason have come in the third period.

Series Schedule:

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

4/7/18 – Game 2 – Portland 0 at Everett 6

4/10/18 – Game 3 – Everett 6 at Portland 2

4/12/18 – Game 4 – Everett 3 at Portland 2

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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