PORTLAND, Ore. — The Everett Silvertips power play has been much maligned this season, but the power play kept Everett’s winning streak alive Friday night.
Everett scored three goals on the power play, including the game-winner with less than three minutes remaining, and ran its winning streak to 11 games with a 4-3 victory over the Portland Winterhawks.
Radko Gudas’s bullet from the point on the power play deflected off Byron Froese and into the net with 2 minutes, 33 seconds remaining in regulation, snapping a 3-3 tie. The Tips, who came into the game ranked 18th out of 22 teams in the league on the power play, finished 3-for-4 with the advantage.
The Tips also saw history made as Shane Harper scored 16 seconds into the game to become the leading goal scorer in franchise history. The goal was Harper’s 88th as a Silvertip, surpassing the 87 scored by previous record holder Zach Hamill.
Ryan Murray and Alex Theriau added goals for Everett (30-16-2-1), which opened up a five-point gap on Portland for second place in the U.S. Division. Kent Simpson earned the win in goal with 29 saves.
Chris Francis, Ryan Johansen and Riley Boychuk scored for Portland (29-19-1-1), while Mac Carruth finished with 26 saves in goal for the Winterhawks.
In a back-and-forth contest that saw momentum change multiple times, it was the Tips who had the final say. Portland’s Taylor Aronson took a holding penalty on Harper with 3:25 remaining, preventing a certain goal. Then a minute later Gudas stepped into a one-timer with Froese screening in front, and the puck glanced off Froese and past Carruth to give Everett the lead.
The Winterhawks then got a power play of their own with 1:22 remaining, but the Tips killed it off to keep the streak alive.
Everett led 3-2 going into the third period thanks to Theriau’s goal with just eight-tenths of a second remaining in the second. The Tips kept the puck in the zone on the power play and Chris Langkow was able to feed it out front where Theriau, pinching in from his defensive position, fired past Carruth.
Portland then tied it 3:15 into the third period when Boychuk forced the puck between Simpson’s pads, and it just trickled over the goal line.
Both teams missed open nets with the score tied 3-3 before Froese won it.
Harper’s record-breaking goal came before the fans had even settled into their seats. Theriau’s shot from the point hit Harper as he skated toward the goal, and Harper was able to score around Carruth to give Everett an early lead.
Silvertips 4, Winterhawks 3
Everett121 — 4
Portland111 — 3
First Period — 1, Everett, Harper 30 (Theriau), 0:16. 2, Portland, Francis 20 (Walker, Pouliot), 9:38. Penalties — Theriau, Everett (roughing), 3:36.
Second Period — 3, Portland, Johansen 17 (Aronson, Carruth), 5:06 (pp). 4, Everett, Murray 3 (Dailey, Harper), 13:16 (pp). 5, Everett, Theriau 2 (Langkow, de la Lande), 19:59 (pp). Penalties — Dailey, Everett (elbowing), 3:58; de la Lande, Everett (checking from behind), 7:09; Sohor, Everett (fighting), 9:21; Gabriel, Portland (fighting), 9:21; Peters, Portland (tripping), 11:36; Boychuk, Portland (checking from behind), 13:45; Rutkowski, Portland (holding), 18:24.
Third Period — 6, Portland, Boychuk 12 (Gabriel, Johansen), 3:15. 7, Everett, Froese 19 (Gudas, Maxwell), 17:27 (pp). Penalties — Gudas, Everett (roughing), 0:22; Elynuik, Everett (fighting), 3:17; Jordan, Portland (fighting), 3:17; Dailey, Everett (unsportsmanlike conduct-fighting), 8:44; Gabriel, Portland (fighting), 8:44; Aronson, Portland (holding), 16:35; de la Lande, Everett (tripping), 18:38.
Shots on goal — Everett 12-10-8 — 30. Portland 13-6-13 — 32. Power-play opportunities — Everett 3 of 4. Portland 1 of 6.
Goalies — Everett, Simpson 14-8-1-0 (32 shots, 29 saves). Portland, Carruth 3-6-0-0 (30 shots, 26 saves).
A — 3,156.