EVERETT — The Everett Silvertips scored twice in the final five minutes of regulation to force overtime, but ultimately fell to the U.S. Division-rival Portland Winterhawks 7-6 in a shootout on Saturday evening at Angel of the Winds Arena.
Gabe Klassen scored the lone goal in the shootout to give Portland the key division victory.
Klassen also scored the first goal of the game, and Tyson Kozak added another, as the Winterhawks jumped out to an early 2-1 lead after the opening period.
Jacob Wright potted his ninth goal of the season in the first period for Everett.
The teams traded two goals each in the second period as Portland went into the final intermission with a 4-3 lead.
Luke Schelter and Dawson Pasternak scored for the Winterhawks while Niko Huuhtanen and Alex Swetlikoff found the back of the net for the Silvertips.
Ryan Hofer evened the game at 4-4 with a goal at 4:12 in the final period, but Portland answered back with goals from Kyle Chyzowski and Marek Alscher to take a 6-4 lead.
But Everett would not go quietly.
Swetlikoff scored again at 15:02 and Michal Gut tied the game with a goal at 17:08 to force overtime.
Neither team scored in the extra period and the game ended in the shootout.
Koen MacInnes stopped 32 of 38 shots in goal for Everett (23-6-2-2).
Dante Gianuzzi made 51 saves on 57 shots for Portland (16-11-3-1).
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