PORTLAND -- The Portland Winterhawks evened their series with the Everett Silvertips, picking up a 4-1 win in Game 2 of their first round Western Conference playoff series in front of a sellout crowd of 10,947 at the Rose Garden.
The Hawks set a new playoff record by allowing just 11 shots from the Silvertips, which also equaled the regular season record.
Portland got on the board first when defenseman Troy Rutkowski pounced on a loose puck in the Everett crease and poked it in 6:34 into the game to take a 1-0 lead, which would be the lone goal of the first period.
Another Portland blueliner put the Hawks ahead 2-0 at the 8:04 mark of the second when Shaun MacPherson beat Everett netminder Austin Lotz with a wrist shot from the top of the left faceoff circle.
Portland extended the lead at the 6:43 mark of the third when Ty Rattie broke loose into the Everett zone and went high over Lotz’s shoulder to make it 3-0. The Silvertips got on the board with a power play goal from Josh Winquist at the 10:48 mark to cut the lead to 3-1, but Portland went back up by three with a goal from Derrick Pouliot at the 16:45 mark to make it a 4-1 final score.
Mac Carruth earned the win in net, stopping 10 of the 11 shots he faced. Lotz allowed four goals on 34 Portland shots.
The Hawks were 1-7 on the power play and 3-4 on the penalty kill. T
he series now shifts to Everett with Game 3 Wednesday at 7 p.m.