PORTLAND, Ore. — Dustin Wolf has done it again.
The Everett Silvertips’ 16-year-old rookie goaltender turned in another stellar effort Sunday evening as the Everett Silvertips defeated the Portland Winterhawks 3-2 before 3,600 fans at Veterans Memorial Coliseum.
Patrick Bajkov had two goals, including the game-winner with 29 seconds to play, as the Silvertips (6-9-1, 13 points) won their second straight.
Portland (9-4, 18 points) dropped its third straight.
Wolf finished with 44 saves and earned his second Western Hockey League win following a 38-save effort in Everett’s 3-1 victory at Kamloops on Friday in Wolf’s WHL debut.
The emergence of Wolf is timely as starter Carter Hart continues to recover from mononucleosis.
Trailing 1-0 two minutes in, the Tips took the lead before the opening period was out. Matt Fonteyne tallied the equalizer at 7:42 with assists from Kevin Davis and Sean Richards. It was Fonteyne’s ninth goal of the year and moved him into a tie with Connor Dewar for the team lead.
Less than two minutes later, Bajkov scored the go-ahead goal with assists from Richards and Kyle Walker at 11:39.
That’s how it remained until Portland’s Kieffer Bellows tied the game 2-2 on a deflection with assists from Henri Jokuharji and Matthew Quigley at 9:38 in the second.
Lane Gilliss opened the scoring just 2:02 into the contest to give Portland a 1-0 lead.
Everett finished 0-for-4 on the power play. Portland was 0-for-3 on the man advantage.
The Winterhawks outshot the Tips 46-26.
Everett plays host to the Prince George Cougars at 7:35 p.m. Friday at Xfinity Arena.
Silvertips 3, Winterhawks 2
Everett 2 0 1—3
Portland 1 0 1 —2
1st Period—1, Portland, Gilliss 1 (MacEachern), 2:02. 2, Everett, Fonteyne 9 (Davis, Richards), 7:42. 3, Everett, Bajkov 6 (Richards, Walker), 11:39. Penalties-Bajkov Evt (hooking), 11:43; Bellows Por (hooking), 15:08.
2nd Period—No Scoring. Penalties-Bellows Por (slashing), 7:04; MacEachern Por (high sticking), 9:02; Onyebuchi Evt (hooking), 11:49; Christiansen Evt (roughing), 17:25; McKenzie Por (roughing, unsportsmanlike cnd.), 17:25; served by Browne Evt (too many men), 18:40.
3rd Period—4, Portland, Bellows 10 (Jokiharju, Quigley), 9:38. 5, Everett, Bajkov 7 19:31. Penalties-No Penalties
Shots on Goal—Everett 13-8-5-26. Portland 15-16-15-46.
Power Play Opportunities—Everett 0/4; Portland 0/3.
Goalies—Everett, Wolf 2-0-0-0 (46 shots-44 saves). Portland, Kehler 7-2-0-0 (26 shots-23 saves).