RECAP: Portland 3 - Everett 0
PORTLAND - Kieffer Bellows scored the first two goals of a third period rally and Cole Kehler furnished a 21-save shutout to help the Portland Winterhawks get by the Everett Silvertips, 3-0 before 3,938 fans at Veterans Memorial Coliseum on Wednesday in WHL action.
The loss was the first by the Silvertips in regulation, in 11 games, ending a streak of 9-0-0-1. The Silvertips outshot Portland, 10-5 in the first period and fell to 5-4-0-0 in the season series. Skyler McKenzie added an empty netter, closing three goals in the final 8:49 of the game.
UP NEXT: The Tips open a home-and-home series on Friday with the Kelowna Rockets, 7:05 p.m. (1380 AM / FM 95.3 / Tips App / WHL Live) at Prospera Place and return home Saturday, 7:05 p.m. against the Rockets. Tickets are on sale at www.everettsilvertips.com/ticketcentral and a special Star Wars Night package for Saturday is available at www.everettsilvertips.com/starwars.
After a scoreless first period where the Tips best chance came on a Matt Fonteyne steal at the Portland net, the Winterhawks roared back with a 20-5 edge in shots for the second period. Carter Hart, who made 39 saves, kept the game close with a point blank stop in the first minute on Cody Glass then denied Skyler McKenzie's snapper with a left pad save.
Through the first half of the third period, the game remained scoreless but Bellows converted on a power play after a Tips penalty for holding in the offensive zone at 10:29. Henri Jokiharju and Cody Glass whipped successive passes through the Tips penalty kill structure, eventually to Bellows, who parked a shot into a wide open net at the right circle.
Just 2:17 later, Bellow's intended pass to the front of the net, targeted for Skyler McKenzie, snuck through for a 2-0 lead. The Tips dodged another slashing penalty at 14:44 but were unable to manufacture a prolonged threat after pulling Carter Hart with less than two minutes left.
McKenzie finished with an empty netter from Glass' feed at center ice with 1:09 left.
SILVERTIPS LINE COMBOS 15 / RICHARDS 17 / FONTEYNE 8 / BAJKOV 43 / DEWAR 14 / SUTTER 41 / PILON 19 / KINDOPP 26 / VITELLI 16 / ORMSBY 44 / GERTH 10 / O'ROURKE 7 / FASKO-RUDAS DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS 23 / CHRISTIANSEN 38 / DAVIS 42 / VALA 29 / WYLIE 20 / K. WALKER 4 / I. WALKER GOALTENDERS 70 / HART 32 / WOLF
Notes: Silvertips scratches included Gianni Fairbrother (injury, week to week), Akash Bains (injury, week-to-week), Bronson Sharp (injury, week-to-week), Jameson Murray (healthy), and Dawson Butt (healthy) ... the Tips were shutout for the third time this season, all coming on the road ... the Tips held a lead of three points for first place in the U.S. Division by the end of the night.
• Discuss this story on the Western Hockey League message board...
Western Hockey League Stories from February 1, 2018
- RECAP: Portland 3 - Everett 0 - Everett Silvertips
- GIANTS WRAP UP JANUARY WITH 4-1 HOME VICTORY AGAINST CALGARY - Vancouver Giants
- GAUTHIER STOPS FIFTY-SIX IN LOSS TO REGINA (Regina 4 Cougars 1) - Prince George Cougars
- ROYALS DEFEATED BY AMERICANS - Victoria Royals
- CALGARY HITMEN Giants 4 Hitmen 1 - Calgary Hitmen
- Recap: Regina Pats (4) vs Prince George Cougars (1) - Regina Pats
The opinions expressed in this release are those of the organization issuing it, and do not necessarily reflect the thoughts or opinions of OurSports Central or its staff.