by Graham Kendrick
January 8, 2014, Everett (ISN) – The Portland Winterhawks (26-12-2-2) opened a four-game road trip in Everett Wednesday with a 4-1 win against the Silvertips (23-13-5-1).
Rookie netminder Adin Hill got the start in his first career WHL game, and earned the win for the Hawks by turning away 28 of 29 Everett shots.
After a scoreless first period, Derrick Pouliot opened the scoring for Hawks nine seconds into the second period with a power play goal to make it 1-0. It was Pouliot’s first game with the Hawks in a month after he, Taylor Leier and Nic Petan represented Canada at the World Junior Championship.
The Silvertips got that one back at the 7:43 mark on a goal by Carson Stadnyk to even the game at 1-1 heading into the third.
It remained tied until the 12:10 mark of the third when Brendan Leipsic scored to give the Hawks a 2-1 lead in his first game back after serving a suspension. Just over two minutes later Adam de Champlain scored as Portland extended the lead to 3-1.
Late in the period with Everett netminder Austin Lotz on the bench for an extra attacker, Keegan Iverson scored into the empty net to seal the 4-1 win.
Portland was 1-2 on the power play and a perfect 6-6 on the penalty kill.
The Hawks are back in action Friday in Victoria against the Royals at 7 p.m.