EVERETT, Wash.– Ben Hemmerling’s one-timer stood as his first career game-winning goal while Gage Goncalves earned a three-point night to help rescue the Everett Silvertips in a thrilling 6-4 comeback victory over the Portland Winterhawks in WHL action in downtown Everett on Tuesday.
The Tips, who rallied from three separate two-goal deficits to improve to 6-0 on home ice, scored four unanswered goals to seal their eighth victory in the first nine games (8-1, 16 points). The Tips went 2-of-3 on the power play while Gianni Fairbrother earned two assists, and 12 different players earned at least a point.
UP NEXT: The Silvertips face back-to-back road games and will play on the road for five times in the next seven games, starting Friday at 5:05 p.m. in a showdown against the Seattle Thunderbirds (KRKO/WHL Live). 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.
Jaydon Dureau finished a two-on-one from Seth Jarvis to start the scoring just 64 seconds into the game and then at 1:38, Reece Newkirk slipped a low shot through heavy traffic to stake Portland to an early 2-0 cushion. The Tips cut the deficit to a goal on Goncalves’ sixth goal of the season, a rebound at the left circle at 7:19. Simon Knak then set up Mason Mannek on a post-to-post set up for a 3-1 edge with 5:24 left in the period, but the game was just warming up.
Cole Fonstad used his speed to break to the Portland net off the rush and beat Dante Giannuzzi with a backhand deke at 5:32 of the second period, drawing the Tips to within a goal. But Seth Jarvis’ shorthanded goal from the right circle put the Winterhawks up again by two goals at 9:29.
The Tips again cut the deficit to 4-3, on Jacob Wright’s power play deflection at the net stemming from Gianni Fairbrother’s feed from the right circle with 3:54 left. The Tips outshot Portland 13-6 in the final period and created several good looks in the first few minutes, but were unable to finish on Giannuzzi. Their fortunes changed after a penalty kill, and then embarking on a power play after Ryan McCleary’s interference penalty.
Hunter Campbell cashed in for a 4-4 tie. On the power play, the Silvertips generated a point shot through traffic that Campbell jumped on for a rebound and his fourth goal of the year with 5:11 remaining. Then with 3:08 left, Goncalves threaded a perfect tape-to-tape pass to Ben Hemmerling, who blasted a one-timer past Giannuzzi from the top of the left circle for the Tips first lead of the night at 5-4.
Jackson Berezowski sealed the game on an empty netter with 36 seconds left.
Giannuzzi made 28 saves for the loss in net.
FINAL BOX SCORE
3 STARS OF THE GAME
- Ben Hemmerling (POR)
- Reece Newkirk (POR)
- Seth Jarvis (POR)
GAME NOTES: Silvertips scratches included Brendan Hunchak, Brady Van Herk, Ty Gibson, and Evan May … the Tips have won seven straight games over the Winterhawks and have scored four goals or more in six of those wins … Gage Goncalves has five points in the last three games.
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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