RECAP: Winterhawk Down

PORTLAND – Cole MacDonald scored a pair of power play goals and Carter Hart’s return between the pipes was a triumphant one on a 28 save effort, and the Everett Silvertips swept the Portland Winterhawks in a 4-2 victory in Game 4 of the first round of the WHL Playoffs, before 4,721 fans at Moda Center on Wednesday night.

The four-game sweep of the Winterhawks, their first playoff series victory against Portland since 2004-05, propelled the Silvertips into the second round for the second straight season where they’ll face-off against the Seattle Thunderbirds. The full schedule for the series will be announced soon and tickets for games at XFINITY Arena will be on sale through, by phone at (425) 252-5100 and in person at the Silvertips offices at XFINITY Arena.

The Silvertips, who trailed only for a total of 2:16 in the entire series, snapped a 2-2 tie late in the second period on MacDonald’s eventual game winner, followed by Brandon Ralph’s third goal of the series which put it away with 4:52 left in regulation.

ROUND 1: EVERETT vs PORTLAND (Everett wins, 4-0)

GAME 1: Everett 3 – Portland 0

GAME 2: Everett 3 – Portland 1

GAME 3: Everett 5 – Portland 3

GAME 4: Everett 4 – Portland 2

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MacDonald started the scoring at 12:30 of the first period when his first goal of the playoffs, from the center point position, sizzled through traffic for a 1-0 lead. But Portland, whose both goals came on the power play, found a way to strike back on Blake Heinrich’s drive from the right point that snuck past a screened Hart with 2:25 left for a 1-1 tie.

Hart delivered a show stopping glove save on an Evan Weinger breakaway early in the second period and shortly after, Connor Dewar outhustled the Winterhawks defense and slugged a snap shot past Adin Hill’s blocker from the left circle for a 2-1 lead at 2:42.

Keoni Texeira tied the game again at 2-2 at 10:18 of the period on a desperation wrister through traffic, following a series of Silvertips blocked shots. But the Tips drew Portland into penalty trouble late in the second period, and nearly cashed in on a two minute, two-man advantage power play.

Portland killed the sequence but a Rihards Bukarts delay of game infraction, stemming from an errant defensive zone clear, opened the door for MacDonald’s snipe in the final minute.

MacDonald corralled a Matt Fonteyne feed at the blueline and blistered a shot through a screened Hill with 32 seconds to play, lifting the Silvertips to a critical 3-2 lead.

They kept the lead intact through the final period while Hart turned away eight shots, and Ralph’s backbreaking goal at 15:08 delivered a 4-2 advantage. Brian King, whose three of four goals came at the expense of the Winterhawks in the regular season, feathered a low wrister off Hill’s pads from the right circle. Ralph, streaking through the left wing, slammed the rebound into a half-open net for the two-goal cushion.

The Silvertips extinguished one last Portland power play and the final minutes on the clock to preserve their first round sweep.

NOTES: The Silvertips last sweep came in 2004 vs. Spokane in the opening round, en route to a trip to the WHL Finals … Fonteyne is on a three-game playoff scoring streak … eight different Silvertips collected a point or more … the Silvertips led the game in shots, 34-30 … the Silvertips improved to 9-6 in elimination games.  

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