By Nick Patterson Herald Writer
EVERETT — The Everett Silvertips were nowhere to be found Friday night.
And now they’re one game away from disappearing completely until next season.
Everett’s season is on the brink following an 11-4 thrashing at the hands of the Portland Winterhawks in Game 4 of their first-round WHL playoff series.
Ty Rattie had three goals and two assists as Portland piled it on against an Everett team that put up little resistance. The top-seeded Winterhawks took a 3-1 lead over the eighth-seeded Tips in the best-of-seven series, and Portland can send Everett home for the offseason in Game 5 tonight in Portland.
Brendan Leipsic and Tyler Wotherspoon each added two goals as Portland built a 4-0 lead less than 14 minutes into the game, in large part by scoring on both ends of a five-on-three power play. Portland’s players were allowed to roam free in the Everett zone all night long, and then the Tips lost their cool during an angry third period.
“We couldn’t play with them tonight,” Everett interim coach Garry Davidson said. “We took those penalties early and got ourselves into a hole, and we never recovered from it. Then in the third period we were very frustrated and I thought showed a lot of lack of maturity in that. I didn’t like what I saw in the last part of the game. We should have continued to focus on trying to play the game.”
Chase De Leo, Joey Baker, Taylor Leier and Josh Hanson scored the other goals for Portland, which has found the net 18 times in the two games in Everett. Mac Carruth earned the win in goal, stopping 16 of 18 shots before being rested for the final 10 minutes. Brendan Burke stopped three of five in relief.
Joshua Winquist scored twice for Everett. Winquist has scored in all four games in the series. Cole MacDonald and Reid Petryk added third-period goals long after the outcome had been determined.
Austin Lotz stopped 21 of 29 shots in goal for Everett before being pulled following the second period for the second straight game. Daniel Cotton stopped six of nine in the third.
Everett’s season is hanging by a thread now. The eighth-seeded Tips must somehow find a way to knock off the top-seeded Winterhawks three times in a row to advance to the second round. Based on Fridays game, just getting past tonight’s Game five would be a miracle.
“(Tonight) we better show up and play a lot better hockey game, give a better effort and stay away from the stuff that’s not going to help us in the hockey game,” Davidson said.
This one was over shortly after it began as the first period was a complete disaster for the Tips. Everett played ragged and made bad decisions, and the Winterhawks punished them dearly.
Portland already was ahead 1-0 when, at 10 minutes, 3 seconds, the Tips were going to get a power play. However, after the whistle Everett’s Stathis Soumelidis took his man hard into the boards, setting off a scrum. In the aftermath, it was Portland that ended up with a power play instead of the Tips. Mirco Mueller then took a slashing penalty to give Portland a five-on-three, and the Winterhawks scored on both ends to break the game open. Leipsic cleaned up in front after two tremendous Lotz saves at 11:47, and De Leo took a wide shot behind the net and wrapped it around 42 seconds later to make it 3-0.
The Winterhawks then were gifted a free chance on Ayrton Nikkel’s turnover in the defensive zone, and Leipsic scored around Lotz to make it 4-0 at 13:42 and force Davidson into using his timeout.
Winquist momentarily stopped the bleeding when he fired a shot past Carruth off the rush at 14:51. But Portland took advantage of poor Everett marking at 18:03, Wotherspoon pinching from the point and firing past Lotz to complete a 5-1 first-period drubbing.
It wasn’t much better for Everett in the second period. Winquist again gave the Tips a glimmer, firing past Carruth from the high slot during a five-on-three to make it 5-2 at 1:56.
But the Tips continued to allow the Winterhawks to run free in the offensive zone. Rattie scored when sprung free by Wotherspoon at 6:42, then put in a rebound after Derrick Pouliot sliced in free at 14:51, completing his hat trick. Then Wotherspoon put in a rebound at 16:54, incensing Lotz and the home crowd as they believed the puck had been frozen.
The game got ugly in the third period. The teams combining for 14 penalties, and a near line brawl broke out after the final horn.
Winterhawks 11, Silvertips 4
First Period—1, Portland, Rattie 4 (Rutkowski, Leipsic),), 8:02. 2, Portland, Leipsic 2 (Petan, Rattie), 11:47 (pp). 3, Portland, De Leo 2 (Leier, Bjorkstrand), 12:29 (pp). 4, Portland, Leipsic 3 (Rattie), 13:42. 5, Everett, Winquist 4 (Sandhu, Cox), 14:51. 6, Portland, Wotherspoon 1 (Leipsic, Petan), 18:03. Penalties—Peters, Portland (hooking), 10:03; Soumelidis, Everett (roughing-roughing), 10:03; Mueller, Everett (slashing), 11:12; De Champlain, Portland (unsportsmanlike conduct), 18:47; Oslanski, Everett (unsportsmanlike conduct), 18:47.
Second Period—7, Everett, Winquist 5 (Bauml, Oslanski), 1:56 (pp). 8, Portland, Rattie 5 (Wotherspoon, Hanson), 6:42. 9, Portland, Rattie 6 (Pouliot, Leipsic), 14:51. 10, Portland, Wotherspoon 2 (Peters, Jones), 16:54. Penalties—Portland bench (too many men, served bu Bittner), 0:58; Carruth, Portland (inteference), 1:43; Mappin, Everett (10-minute misconduct), 16:54; Peters, Portland (roughing), 19:04; Carruth, Portland (hold stick), 19:58; Bauml, Everett (slashing), 19:58.
Third Period—11, Portland, Baker 1 (De Champlain), 12:02. 12, Everett, MacDonald 1 (Stadnyk), 13:07. 13, Portland, Leier 1 (Bjorkstrand), 14:24. 14, Everett, Petryk 1, 18:06. 15, Portland, Hanson 1 (Peters, Wotherspoon), 18:49 (pp). Penalties—Pouliot, Portland (cross checking), 0:53; Rutkowski, Portland (delay of game), 2:16; Winquist, Everett (slashing), 3:16; Oslanski, Everett (roughing), 6:35; Rattie, Portland (slashing), 6:46; Bauml, Everett (cross checking), 9:35; Leier, Portland (10-minute misconduct), 15:33; Oslanski, Everett (10-minute misconduct), 15:33; Petryk, Everett (charging), 18:36; MacDonald, Everett (slashing), 19:30; Iverson, Portland (roughing), 20:00; MacPherson, Portland (fighting), 20:00; Nikkel, Everett (fighting-10-minute misconduct), 20:00.
Shots on goal—Portland 19-10-9—38. Everett 7-7-9—23. Power-play opportunities—Portland 3 of 7. Everett 1 of 6.
Goalies—Portland, Carruth 3-1 (18 shots, 16 saves), Burke (5 shots, 3 saves). Everett, Lotz 1-3 (29 shots, 21 saves), Cotton (9 shots, 6 saves).
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