December 17, 2012, EVERETT (ISN) – The Everett Silvertips outshot the Portland Winterhawks 32-31 and battled throughout the evening, but ultimately lost by a final score of 3-2 in their final game before the WHL’s holiday break Sunday at Comcast Arena.
The ‘Tips are now off until December 28, when they visit the Seattle Thunderbirds to open a home-and-home series that concludes on Saturday, December 29th in Everett.
Ryan Harrison and Josh Winquist scored for the Silvertips, who spent most of the night just one goal away from tying the Winterhawks. Reid Petryk and Landon Oslanski both tallied assists to maintain their tie for the team in points. Austin Lotz (5-12-0-1) turned in a strong goaltending effort for the ‘Tips with 28 saves on 31 Portland shots.
The teams produced 13 shots on goal during an evenly-played first 20 minutes, but the ‘Hawks were the only team to get on the board. Troy Rutkowski opened scoring early in the period after his deflected shot from the high slot floated in the air and over goaltender Austin Lotz to make it 1-0 Portland.
The ‘Tips controlled much of the play in the second and outshot the Winterhawks 11-10, but fell behind 2-0 after Nick Petan got a pass from Brendan Leipsic and banged in the rebound of his own shot in front at 7:34. The Silvertips cut the lead to one after some hard work down low when Landon Oslanski found Ryan Harrison out front for a one-timer that beat Mac Carruth. Everett had a lengthy powerplay to end the period after Leipsic was given a five-minute major penalty for charging the goalie, but was unable to generate another goal and trailed 2-1 after 40 minutes.
The Winterhawks extended the lead back to two at 12:55 of the third period as Keegan Iverson jammed in the rebound of a Chase De Leo shot to make it 3-1. The ‘Tips responded minutes later when Josh Winquist fired home a long Connor Cox pass on the doorstep, getting Everett back within a goal. Portland was awarded a penalty shot in the dying minutes of the frame, but Lotz turned away Paul Bittner’s shot to keep the game within one. Everett pulled the goalie for an extra attacker with two minutes left and came close on multiple scoring chances before time expired.
The Silvertips killed off all four Portland powerplays in the game, but also went 0 for 4 on their own man-advantage. Mac Carruth (15-2-0-0) stopped 30 shots to earn the win in goal for the Winterhawks.
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