The Portland Winterhawks (2-5) earned a 5-1 win over the visiting Everett Silvertips (4-2) Friday at Veterans Memorial Coliseum.
The Hawks dominated play in the first period, outshooting Everett 19-6 in the opening 20 minutes. They struck first 5:29 into the game with the lone goal of the first when Paul Bittner scored his third goal of the season, with assists from Brett Clayton and Ryan Hughes. The assists marked the first career WHL point for both players.
While Portland continued carrying the play early in the second, Everett tied it at 7:11 on a power play goal by Patrick Bajkov to make it 1-1. Just over a minute later with the Silvertips making a change, Caleb Jones fired a long stretch pass up-ice to Evan Weinger, who collected the puck, got behind the defense and beat netminder Carter Hart for his first goal of the season and a 2-1 Portland lead.
Then with just under a minute to go in the period and the Hawks on a power play, defenseman Jack Dougherty wired a shot from the point that beat Hart for his first career WHL goal and a 3-1 advantage the Hawks took into the third.
It remained a two-goal game until 7:39 of the third, when Dominic Turgeon whipped a shot over the shoulder of Hart to give the Hawks some breathing room at 4-1. Portland kept pouring it on, and Weinger struck again at 11:57 when he came into the Everett zone on a two-on-one, kept the puck and took a shot that was stopped, then banged in the rebound for his second goal of the night to seal the 5-1 win.
Adin Hill was solid in net for the Hawks, making 33 saves on 34 shots. Weinger, Bittner and Turgeon finished with two points apiece in the win.
The Hawks are back in action tomorrow when they travel to Kennewick, WA to take on the Tri-City Americans.