Despite two goals on their first two shots by Portland, the best team in the WHL’s Western Conference stormed back and scored four unanswered to complete the come-from-behind victory Tuesday night.
Game #9: Portland (4) at Everett (6)
SOG: POR (31) – EVT (34)
PP: POR (0/2) – EVT (2/3)
Saves: Giannuzzi (28) – Wolf (27)
- POR – 1:04 – First Period – Jaydon Dureau (2) assisted by Seth Jarvis
- POR – 1:38 – First Period – Reece Newkirk (4) unassisted
- EVT – 7:19 – First Period – Gage Concalves assisted by Hunter Campbell and Zach Ashton
- POR – 14:36 – First Period – Mason Mannek (4) assisted by Simon Knak and Reece Newkirk
- EVT – 5:32 – Second Period – Cole Fonstad assisted by Ethan Regnier
- POR – 9:29 – Second Period – Seth Jarvis (4) unassisted (Shorthanded)
- EVT – 16:06 – Second Period – Jacob Wright assisted by Gianni Fairbrother and Brendan Lee (Power Play)
- EVT – 14:49 – Third Period – Hunter Campbell assisted by Ronan Seeley and Gianni Fairbrother (Power Play)
- EVT – 16:52 – Third Period – Ben Hemmerling assisted by Gage Concalves and Owen Zellwegger
- EVT – 19:23 – Third Period – Jackson Berezowski assisted by Dustin Wolf and Gage Concalves (Empty Net)
For the third time this season the Winterhawks and Silvertips went toe-to-toe Tuesday night, beginning a week of three road games for Portland.
The start couldn’t have been any better for the Hawks, who started received a breakaway save for Dante Giannuzzi just a minute in to set the tone. After the rebound was kicked to the corner, the play transitioned the other way and seconds later Seth Jarvis had set up Jaydon Dureau for a quick 1-0 Portland lead.
Given the degree of difficult of scoring on Everett netminder Dustin Wolf, who entered the game allowing less than one goal per 60 minutes played, the 1-0 start felt like a great platform for Portland to work from. Then, 34 seconds later, Reece Newkirk got a turn-and-fire shot from the point to slide through traffic to give the visitors a 2-0 lead. What could be better?
Some time transpired before Everett was eventually able to get on the board, but their first attempt at evening the score was cut short after Mason Mannek put home a centering feed from Simon Knak to make it 3-1 at the end of one.
In the second period the two teams would alternate for three goals with Everett claiming the pair. Sandwiched in between the two for the home side was the league-leading sixth shorthanded goal for the season, tonight courtesy of Seth Jarvis.
This set the stage for a one-goal third, heading in in favor of Portland at 4-3.
As Everett turned up their offensive output during the second half of the game, Giannuzzi was forced further into action over the final 20 minutes, making several highlight reel saves. Though his efforts were strong, the second power play goal of the night for Everett tied the game with just over five minutes to go. The game-tying goal was then followed up just two minutes later by the eventual game-winner and an empty netter capped the evening at the 6-4 final.
It was a heartbreaking loss for the Hawks, who now head to Spokane for two contests this weekend.
THEY SAID IT
“I thought we were great at the start. It was one of the first times in three or four games that we had four lines going. We had good tempo, we created a lot of options in the offensive zone… But we have to be better with the lead in the third so that way we can seal it and bring it home.”
Winterhawks Vice President / General Manager / Head Coach Mike Johnston following the contest.
– Center Tyson Kozak returned to the lineup after missing six games due to an injury.
– Forward Aidan Litke left the game in the first period due to injury tonight.