December 3, 2013, Everett (ISN) – The Portland Winterhawks (21-5-2-1) scored four third period goals en route to a 6-3 win in Everett Tuesday over the Silvertips (20-5-4-0).
It was a matchup between the league’s top two teams, and the victory puts Portland back in first place in the WHL’s standings with 45 points.
Everett opened the scoring 3:57 into the game on a power play goal from Josh Winquist, but the Hawks evened it at the 17:21 mark when Garrett Haar scored on a blast from the point to make it 1-1 going into the second period.
The Hawks scored the lone goal of the second at the 14:56 mark when Taylor Leier registered his 20th goal of the season, giving Portland a 2-1 lead they took into the third.
The one-goal lead quickly ballooned as the Hawks opened a big third period with a goal from Alex Schoenborn 2:59 into the frame to take a 3-1 lead. A few minutes later Oliver Bjorkstrand and Chase De Leo scored 44 seconds apart as Portland opened up a 5-1 advantage. Following De Leo’s goal, Everett replaced starting netminder Austin Lotz with Daniel Cotton.
Everett got goals 1:01 apart from Ivan Nikolishin and Winquist to get within two, but Derrick Pouliot snuffed out the comeback attempt when the Hawks’ blueliner scored at the 17:01 mark to give the Hawks the 6-3 win.
Brendan Burke picked up the win with 35 saves on 38 shots for his 50th career victory. Lotz gave up five goals on 33 shots, while Cotton allowed one goal on four shots after coming on in relief.
Bjorkstrand finished with three points in the win, while De Leo, Haar, Leier and Keoni Texeira each had two, Texeira’s first career multi-point game.
Portland was 1-3 on the power play and 4-5 on the penalty kill.
The Hawks continue their road trip Friday in Edmonton when they take on the Oil Kings in a rematch of the last two WHL championship series.