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by Graham Kendrick

December 17, 2013, Portland (ISN) – The Portland Winterhawks (23-8-2-2) fell 4-2 Tuesday to the Everett Silvertips (22-10-4-0) at Veterans Memorial Coliseum in front of 4,012 fans.

It was the last game before the league’s holiday break for the Hawks, who were playing without six regulars.

Everett opened the scoring at the 11:57 mark of the first period when Josh Winquist scored on a delayed penalty to make it 1-0, followed by a goal from Jujhar Khaira at the 17:20 mark to make it 2-0 heading into the second.

Late in the second with the Hawks still trailing by two, Chase De Leo scored on a shot from the right faceoff circle on a power play to cut the deficit to 2-1 heading into the third.

The Silvertips regained a two-goal lead when Carson Stadnyk scored 1:31 into the third to make it 3-1. Portland once again got within one at the 4:39 mark when Shane McColgan found Paul Bittner alone in the slot, and with time to spare, Bittner fired a shot past Everett netminder Daniel Cotton to cut it to 3-2. With just over a minute to go and Hawks goaltender Brendan Burke on the bench for an extra attacker, Winquist scored his second of the game to seal the 4-2 Silvertips win.

Portland was 1-3 on the power play and a perfect 6-6 on the penalty kill.

The Hawks were without six regulars for tonight’s game. Taylor Leier, Nic Petan, Derrick Pouliot, Oliver Bjorkstrand and Layne Viveiros are all representing their countries in international play, while Brendan Leipsic is serving a suspension.

Tonight’s game was the last one before the league’s holiday break. The Hawks will be off now until Friday, December 27 when they travel to Kennewick, WA to take on the Tri-City Americans.