Silvertips collapse in third period, surrender 4 goals

PORTLAND, Ore. — The Everett Silvertips handed the Portland Winterhawks an opportunity in the third period Friday night, and the Winterhawks snapped it up.

Portland took advantage of Everett penalties to score four goals in the third period, and the Tips fell to the Winterhawks 5-3.

Former Tip Eric Doyle scored what proved to be the game-winning goal on a power play with 5 minutes, 18 seconds remaining in the game. Doyle’s goal, which made it 4-3, gave Portland its first lead of the game.

Ryan Johansen added a goal and three assists for Portland (19-12-0-0), which won its third straight. Chris Francis, Nino Niederreiter and Brad Ross also scored for the Winterhawks, and Mac Carruth made 19 saves to earn his first career WHL victory.

Ryan Murray, Chris Langkow and Chris de la Lande scored for Everett (16-10-1-0), which took the game’s final four penalties. For Murray it was his first career WHL goal.

Kent Simpson made 35 saves in net for the Tips.

Everett took a 2-1 lead into the third period, but a late second-period Everett penalty gave the Winterhawks a power play to open the third. Although Portland didn’t score on the power play, the Winterhawks scored just after it expired when Niederreiter found the net to tie it up at 1:31.

De la Lande restored Everett’s lead with a slap shot from the point at 5:15. But Portland again tied it at 6:04, Ross scoring with a shot from the circle that beat Simpson.

The Tips then started taking penalties in quick succession, and although the Tips killed off the first two — including a short five-on-three — they couldn’t kill the third. Portland applied all kinds of pressure, and eventually Doyle was able to score on a one-timer at 14:42 to give the Winterhawks a 4-3 advantage.

Everett had multiple chances in the final minute with Simpson pulled for an extra attacker, but Carruth closed the door, and Johansen scored into an empty net to clinch it.

Everett was outshot 32-9 in the final two periods and 40-22 overall.

The Tips led 1-1 after one period and were outshot 15-4 in the second. Nevertheless, Everett got the goal in the second to take the lead, Langkow redirecting a feed from Shane Harper past Carruth to make it 2-1. However, the Tips were not able to hold any of their three leads.

Winterhawks 5, Silvertips 3

Everett 1 1 1—3

Portland 1 0 4—5

First Period—1, Everett, Murray 1 (Froese, Tochkin), 14:18 (pp). 2, Portland, Francis 12, 18:33 (sh). Penalties—Murray, Everett (tripping), 3:10; Jordan, Portland (interference), 5:57; Jordan, Portland (tripping), 13:01; Boychuk, Portland (kneeing), 16:53; Maxwell, Everett (fighting), 19:52; Bennett, Portland (fighting), 19:52.

Second Period—3, Everett, Langkow 10 (Harper, Gudas), 12:38. Penalties—McCrea, Everett (slashing), 0:36; Abney, Everett (unsportsmanlike conduct), 2:56; Boychuk, Portland (unsportsmanlike conduct), 2:56; Boychuk, Portland (interference-roughing), 11:48; Theriau, Everett (interference), 12:24; Gudas, Everett (holding), 13:16; Ross, Portland (hold stick), 14:44; Theriau, Everett (intereference), 19:28.

Third Period—4, Portland, Niederreiter 17 (Ross, Johansen), 1:31. 5, Everett, de la Lande 1, 5:15. 6, Portland, Ross 14 (Niederreiter, Johansen), 6:04. 7, Portland, Doyle 4 (Ross, Johansen), 14:42 (pp). 8, Portland, Johansen 9 (Niederreiter), 19:29 (en). Penalties—Theriau, Everett (cross checking), 8:16; Froese, Everett (tripping), 11:37; Gudas, Everett (elbowing), 13:18.

Shots on goal—Everett 13-4-5—22. Portland 8-15-17—40. Power-play opportunities—Everett 1 of 6. Portland 1 of 7.

Goalies—Everett, Simpson 7-5-0-0 (39 shots, 35 saves). Portland, Carruth 1-2-0-0 (22 shots, 19 saves).


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