PORTLAND – Kieffer Bellows scored the first two goals of a third period rally and Cole Kehler furnished a 21-save shutout to help the Portland Winterhawks get by the Everett Silvertips, 3-0 before 3,938 fans at Veterans Memorial Coliseum on Wednesday in WHL action.
The loss was the first by the Silvertips in regulation, in 11 games, ending a streak of 9-0-0-1. The Silvertips outshot Portland, 10-5 in the first period and fell to 5-4-0-0 in the season series. Skyler McKenzie added an empty netter, closing three goals in the final 8:49 of the game.
UP NEXT: The Tips open a home-and-home series on Friday with the Kelowna Rockets, 7:05 p.m. (1380 AM / FM 95.3 / Tips App / WHL Live) at Prospera Place and return home Saturday, 7:05 p.m. against the Rockets. Tickets are on sale at www.everettsilvertips.com/ticketcentral and a special Star Wars Night package for Saturday is available at www.everettsilvertips.com/starwars.
After a scoreless first period where the Tips best chance came on a Matt Fonteyne steal at the Portland net, the Winterhawks roared back with a 20-5 edge in shots for the second period. Carter Hart, who made 39 saves, kept the game close with a point blank stop in the first minute on Cody Glass then denied Skyler McKenzie’s snapper with a left pad save.
Through the first half of the third period, the game remained scoreless but Bellows converted on a power play after a Tips penalty for holding in the offensive zone at 10:29. Henri Jokiharju and Cody Glass whipped successive passes through the Tips penalty kill structure, eventually to Bellows, who parked a shot into a wide open net at the right circle.
Just 2:17 later, Bellow’s intended pass to the front of the net, targeted for Skyler McKenzie, snuck through for a 2-0 lead. The Tips dodged another slashing penalty at 14:44 but were unable to manufacture a prolonged threat after pulling Carter Hart with less than two minutes left.
McKenzie finished with an empty netter from Glass’ feed at center ice with 1:09 left.
SILVERTIPS LINE COMBOS
15 / RICHARDS 17 / FONTEYNE 8 / BAJKOV
43 / DEWAR 14 / SUTTER 41 / PILON
19 / KINDOPP 26 / VITELLI 16 / ORMSBY
44 / GERTH 10 / O’ROURKE 7 / FASKO-RUDAS
23 / CHRISTIANSEN 38 / DAVIS
42 / VALA 29 / WYLIE
20 / K. WALKER 4 / I. WALKER
70 / HART
32 / WOLF
Notes: Silvertips scratches included Gianni Fairbrother (injury, week to week), Akash Bains (injury, week-to-week), Bronson Sharp (injury, week-to-week), Jameson Murray (healthy), and Dawson Butt (healthy) … the Tips were shutout for the third time this season, all coming on the road … the Tips held a lead of three points for first place in the U.S. Division by the end of the night.
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