After a hard-fought game, the Hawks tacked on four goals to beat Everett 4-1 in their final head-to-head meeting of the season. The win marks the third straight year 40-win regular season for Portland.
The Winterhawks scored less than five minutes into the second period on an offensive zone takeaway. Reece Newkirk forced in his 22nd goal of the season to give the Hawks a 1-0 lead after 40 minutes. Joel Hofer denied 29 straight shots to take the game into the second intermission break and Portland came out firing in the third frame.
Five minutes into the third, the Hawks set up a face-off play to perfection and one-timed in a shot from the slot to take a 2-0 lead. That score would remain until the final 2:30 when Everett spoiled Joel Hofer’s shutout with an extra attacker.
Everett never had a chance to get back in the game as Portland buried two quick empty net goals to seal the victory. The Hawks won three of their four home games against Everett this year and they turn their attention to Seattle for a pair of weekend games.
- Hofer was strong again in his third straight start, earning top star honors after stopping 36 of 37 shots in the midweek game. That makes it 120 saves on 127 shots over the three-game stretch.
- With a two point performance, Reece Newkirk now has four points in his last four games.
- Joachim Blichfeld (2A) and Jake Gricius (G, A) joined Newkirk with a pair of points.
- With Portland’s win tonight and Spokane’s 5-1 loss at Kamloops, the Hawks magic number for clinching home ice is down to two points.
- After a four goal outing, the Hawks became the first Western Conference team to reach 250 goals on the year.
THE BOX SCORE (Click the hyperlink to find all the scoring details)
SHOTS ON GOAL:
POR: Joel Hofer with 36 saves.
EVT: Dustin Wolf with 28 saves.