PORTLAND – Martin Fasko-Rudas scored twice in the opening period and added an assist, while the Everett Silvertips never trailed to defeat the Portland Winterhawks, 5-3 for their fourth win in five games before a crowd of 2,408 at Veterans Memorial Coliseum in WHL action on Sunday.
The Tips, coming off the back end of eight games in 11 days with three days of rest before last night, notched a pair of wins in back to back days to increase their lead to five points for the top record in the Western Conference. Dustin Wolf turned in 30 saves
UP NEXT: The Silvertips open a four-game homestand and complete the “home-and-home” series with the Winterhawks on Wednesday, 7:05pm (1380 AM / 95.3 FM / Tips App / WHL Live) in downtown Everett. Tickets are on sale at www.everettsilvertips.com/tickets.
Fasko-Rudas got the Tips on the board, 1:53 into the game when he deked Shane Farkas to the blocker side. Jared Freadrich tied the game at 5:05 on Mason Mannek’s cross-ice heave to the right circle, but Fasko-Rudas restored the Tips lead at 2-1 when he stripped Farkas in the trapezoid and stashed a backhander on a wrap-around attempt.
Wolf preserved the Silvertips lead on a highlight-reel, diving stick side save on Joachim Blichfeld’s open net attempt from the left circle, halfway through the opening period. Reece Vitelli then took a relay at center, originally set up by Wolf’s clearing attempt, and streaked to the net from the left wing to bury his second goal of the season with 3:49 left in the first for a 3-1 lead.
Wolf then turned away Ryan Hughes on a shorthanded breakaway in the second period and the Tips capitalized on a late period penalty kill to extend the lead. Fasko-Rudas set up Luke Ormsby between the circles, who stashed his second goal of the season with 2:26 left in the period for a 4-1 advantage.
Just 27 seconds later, Michal Kvasnica finished his second goal of the season in front of a screen to get the Winterhawks back to within two goals, and then Joachim Blichfeld finished a five-on-three goal with a one-timer at the right circle, 9:27 into the third period to get Portland within 4-3.
But the Tips, undeterred, sealed the game on Connor Dewar’s empty netter with 29.2 seconds left, after he produced a turnover on Brendan De Jong at center ice.
Farkas made 27 saves to take the loss.
- Martin Fasko-Rudas (2g-1a)
- Jared Freadrich (goal)
- Luke Ormsby (goal)
FINAL STATS: Box score
SILVERTIPS LINE COMBOS
15 / RICHARDS 14 / SUTTER 9 / BUTT
10 / BAINS 43 / DEWAR 19 / KINDOPP
7 / FASKO-RUDAS 26 / VITELLI 16 / ORMSBY
17 / BEREZOWSKI 39 / GONCALVES 27 / PRICE
23 / CHRISTIANSEN 4 / WALKER
29 / WYLIE 5 / MINULIN
8 / SEELEY 86 / KHAIRA
32 / WOLF
31 / PALAGA
NOTES: Silvertips scratches include Gianni Fairbrother, Conrad Mitchell, and Bronson Sharp … the Tips improved to 4-0-1 in the last five games … their head-to-head record against Portland improved to 4-2-0-0 this season, and the Tips have won two of three meetings in Portland … Dewar’s 21st goal was his third in two games … Fasko-Rudas earned the first multi goal game of his career.
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