EVERETT, Wash.– Hunter Campbell and Jackson Berezowski each posted three point efforts while Olen Zellweger’s multi point game generated an early lead to help the Everett Silvertips go wire-to-wire and beat the Portland Winterhawks, 4-1 in downtown Everett on Saturday in WHL action.
The Silvertips won for the seventh time in their first eight games, getting through their first third of the 24 game schedule in first place of the U.S. Division at 7-1 (14 points), moving out to four points ahead of Portland. Dustin Wolf made 33 saves and the Silvertips earned their sixth win in the last seven meetings (6-0-1-0), head-to-head.
UP NEXT: The Silvertips conclude their three-game homestand on Tuesday, Apr. 6 in a rematch against the Winterhawks at 7:05pm (KRKO/WHL Live) in downtown Everett. Viewing packages remain on sale at watch.chl.ca. Play-by-play “Voice of the Tips” Mike Benton will have pre-game coverage beginning at 6:30 p.m.
The Silvertips survived a double minor penalty kill while Dustin Wolf turned in a tough save on Jaydon Dureau to keep the game scoreless. Using the kill as momentum, they grabbed a 1-0 lead at 9:21 when Olen Zellweger hammered a drive from the blueline past Dante Giannuzzi for his second goal of the year.
Zellweger then generated a rebound opportunity for Campbell, parking his second goal of the season from between the circles with 1:01 left in the period.
Jackson Berezowski stood at the net to shield Dante Giannuzzi from Gage Goncalves’ fifth goal of the year, 9:03 into the second period when Goncalves snuck a wrister through traffic from the left circle. Portland gave their answer to cut the Tips lead to 3-1 after a Mason Mannek wrist shot off the rush with 8:01 left.
The Tips tightened up play in the third period, limited Portland to six shots, and sealed the game on Hunter Campbell’s empty netter with 54 seconds remaining.
Giannuzzi took the loss on 33 stops.
3 STARS OF THE GAME
- Olen Zellweger (EVT)
- Dustin Wolf (EVT)
- Dante Giannuzzi (POR)
GAME NOTES: Silvertips scratches included Aidan Sutter, Brady Van Herk, Jalen Price, and Evan May … the Tips outshot Portland, 37-34 and have won four straight meetings over the Winterhawks in downtown Everett … the Silvertips top-ranked penalty kill kept Portland to an 0-of-3 night on the power play … Gage Goncalves producd a 15-of-22 night at the face-off circle.
ABOUT THE SILVERTIPS AND THE NHL
A total of 19 players have suited up in an Everett Silvertips jersey and advanced to play in the National Hockey League, since the Silvertips joined the WHL in 2003-04. Entering this season, the Silvertips have elevated 27 players to be selected by teams in the NHL Entry Draft, including eight over the previous three seasons. By the end of the 2019-20 season, all three Silvertips in the 20-year old category earned NHL entry level contracts: Bryce Kindopp (Anaheim), Wyatte Wylie (Philadelphia), and Jake Christiansen (Columbus). The Seattle Kraken, an expansion franchise scheduled to play 30 miles away from Everett at Climate Pledge Arena, will make their NHL debut in the 2021-22 season.
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