PORTLAND, OR – The Everett Silvertips hung with the Portland Winterhawks in an 11-goal scorefest Tuesday night at Memorial Coliseum before eventually falling by a final score of 7-4. The Silvertips led twice and also battled back from two goals down to tie the game at one point as the teams combined for ten goals in the first two periods.
Ryan Harrison scored twice to lead the Silvertips offensively, with Reid Petryk contributing a goal and an assist. Ryan Murray also assisted on a pair of goals and Zach McPhee notched Everett’s other tally. After seeing early leads of 1-0 and 2-1 slip away, the ‘Tips rallied from a 4-2 deficit to tie the game in the second period.
An action-packed opening frame featured a total of 32 shots and five combined goals. Everett started things off when Zach McPhee won a puck battle along the boards and skated into the circle before backhanding a shot past Brendan Burke at 5:01. After Portland answered with a goal from Joseph Morrow, Ryan Harrison picked off a pass in the ‘Hawks zone and skated down the boards, centering a pass out front that deflected off a skate and in to put the ‘Tips back on top 2-1. The Winterhawks tied it again later in the period on a Marcel Noebels goal and then took a 3-2 lead when Derek Pouliot knocked in a powerplay rebound with just three seconds left in the first.
After Brendan Leipsic made it 4-2 for Portland early in the second, the Silvertips began another pushback. Harrison deflected Brennan Yadlowski’s point shot on the powerplay at 11:31 and then Reid Petryk roofed the rebound of a Ryan Murray drive just 48 seconds later to get Everett even at 4-4. The see-saw went back in the Winterhawks’ favor after that however, as Taylor Peters scored and then Noebels deposited another rebound goal with just over a minute left to take a 4-2 lead into the third.
The only goal of the final period came from Morrow, who completed the scoring his second goal of the night on the powerplay at 4:34. The Silvertips sent 13 shots to the net in the third, but couldn’t close the gap in the 7-4 loss. Kent Simpson (8-24-1-5) finished with 36 saves on 43 Portland shots. Everett totaled 33 shots of its own, but Brendan Burke (3-2-1-1) stopped 2110 of them to earn the win. The ‘Tips went 1 for 2 on the powerplay, while the ‘Hawks were 2 for 2.
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The Silvertips will now return home to face the Spokane Chiefs for the tenth and final time this season Wednesday night at 7:05 pm at Comcast Arena. The first 1,000 fans through the main arena doors will receive a free Rasmus Rissanen bobblehead doll courtesy of Van Dam’s Abbey Carpet.
Silvertips group tickets and flex ticket packages can be purchased in person at the team office inside at Comcast Arena or by phone at 425-252-5100. Single game tickets are on sale by phone (866-332-84110110), online (www.comcastarenaeverett.com) or at the Comcast Arena box office.