Brad Ross registered a hat trick as the Portland Winterhawks (26-11-2-1) beat the visiting Everett Silvertips 3-1 (7-23-1-7) Friday at the Rose Garden in front of 7,035 fans for the team’s 14th straight home win.
After a scoreless first period in which Portland held a 19-11 advantage in shots on goal, the Winterhawks opened the scoring 58 seconds into the second period on the 26th goal of the season from Ross. The Silvertips evened the game at the 6:16 mark on a power play goal by Kohl Bauml, and the score remained 1-1 through the end of the period.
Portland regained the lead 10:50 into the third period when Ross scored his second of the night in a goalmouth scramble, a power play goal that came during four-on-three play to give the Hawks a 2-1 advantage. Late in the game, Ross completed the hat trick when he scored an empty net goal to seal the 3-1 win, and the 14th straight win at home.
With the hat trick, Ross now has 28 goals on the season, while Ty Rattie added two assists to stay atop the league’s scoring race with 71 points.
Brendan Burke got the start in net for Portland, and earned the win with 30 saves on 31 shots, including stopping Everett’s Josh Birkholz on a penalty shot in the second period.
Portland was 1-5 on the power play and 1-2 on the penalty kill.
The Hawks are back in action tomorrow as they travel to Vancouver to take on the Giants at 7 p.m.