EVERETT, Wash. – The Everett Silvertips were unable to recover from a three goal deficit and the Portland Winterhawks used goals from five different sources to defeat the Tips, 5-2 before 4,286 fans at Angel of the Winds Arena in Game 1 of the second round of the 2018 WHL Playoffs.
The Silvertips will battle aim to tie the series tomorrow, April 7 at 7:05 PM PT (Fox Sports 1380 / WHL Live). Tickets are still available–individual and group tickets, as low as $13, can be purchased at http://everettsilvertips.com/playoffs.
Matt Fonteyne and Sean Richards scored goals for the Tips in the second period, who nearly climbed completely out of a 3-0 hole.
ROUND 2: EVERETT vs PORTLAND (Portland leads series, 1-0) COVERAGE
GAME 1: Portland 5 – at Everett 2
GAME 2: at EVERETT | Saturday, Apr 7 – 7:05pm (AOTW Arena) Fox Sports 1380 / FM 95.3 / Tips App
GAME 3: at Portland | Tues., Apr. 10 – 7:00pm (Veterans Memorial Coliseum) Fox Sports 1380 / FM 95.3 / Tips App
GAME 4: at Portland | Thurs., Apr. 12 – 7:00pm (Moda Center) Fox Sports 1380 / FM 95.3 / Tips App
GAME 5: at EVERETT | Fri., Apr. 13 — 7:35pm (AOTW Arena) ** Fox Sports 1380 / FM 95.3 / Tips App
GAME 6: at Portland | Sun., Apr. 15 – 7:00pm (Venue TBA) ** Fox Sports 1380 / FM 95.3 / Tips App
GAME 7: at EVERETT | Tues., Apr. 17 – 7:05pm (AOTW Arena) ** Fox Sports 1380 / FM 95.3 / Tips App
** If necessary
The first period was a rough start for the Silvertips. Portland got their first goal of the series on their first shot from Jake Gricius to make it 1-0 at the 2:13 mark on a rebound at the crease. The hole deepened midway through the first when Portland got their second from Conor MacEachern to make it 2-0 after he won a battle at the net, 9:32 into the period. Things seemed to settle down for the Tips towards the end of the first but Carter Hart saw a lot of pucks as he faced 17 shots.
The second period didn’t get off to the right start for the Tips as Portland got their third of the night at 2:52 from John Ludvig to make it 3-0 Hawks, a snap shot from the left circle. The Tips got a lot more looks in the second but Cole Kehler withstood the Tips chances. The Tips were able to breakthrough at 12:36 when a nice setup by Ian Walker and Patrick Bajkov led to a nice wrister by Fonteyne to make it 3-1. Sean Richards brought the Tips to within a goal at 18:53 with a sweet top shelf goal from a nice cross-ice pass by Pilon to the left circle. Unfortunately, the one goal difference did not last long as Portland’s Skyler McKenzie beat Hart up high with 1.4 seconds left, set up off the rush by Kieffer Bellows, in the second to make it 4-2 Hawks.
The Tips had more control in the third and were able to get the shot advantage, but were unable to get any shots past Kehler. The teams both got their first power plays of the series in the third but were unable to capitalize on the man advantage. Cody Glass sealed a wrister from the right circle at 9:57 to make it 5-2 Hawks.
BOX SCORE | AUDIO | PHOTOS
Notes: Silvertips scratches included Jameson Murray, Dawson Butt, Ty Westgard, Kyle Walker and Luke Ormsby … … Fonteyne got his fourth goal of the playoffs to tie the Tips for the postseason lead in goal scoring … the Tips fell to 10-2 in franchise history when hosting Game 1 at home … the loss was the first by the Tips against Portland in the postseason since the two teams met in the second round of the 2015 WHL Playoffs.
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