Courtesy of the Portland Winterhawks
The Portland Winterhawks defeated the Everett Silvertips 7-3 Wednesday in Game 3 of their first round playoff series to take a 2-1 series lead.
After setting a new team playoff record by allowing just 11 Everett shots in Game 2 Saturday, the Hawks had another terrific defensive performance with the Silvertips registering just 13 shots in Game 3 tonight.
The top line of Brendan Leipsic, Nic Petan and Ty Rattie did much of the offensive damage in the Game 3 win, combining for four goals and four assists for eight points.
Everett got on the board first when Dawson Leedahl opened the scoring 3:50 into the game to make it 1-0. The Hawks struck back when Petan scored a power play goal at the 14:41 mark to tie the game at 1-1 going into the second period.
From there Portland played a dominant second period, scoring four goals and outshooting the Silvertips 13-2. Rattie gave Portland a 2-1 lead at the 3:15 mark, then Petan notched his second of the game at the 6:31 mark to make it a 3-1 game.
Winterhawks defenseman Troy Rutkowski then scored on a power play at the 10:25 mark to give the Hawks a 4-1 advantage. Then with just 9.9 seconds to go in the second period, Oliver Bjorkstrand took a feed from Chase De Leo and scored to give the Hawks a 5-1 lead after 40 minutes.
Everett made a change in net to start the third, replacing starting netminder Austin Lotz with Daniel Cotton, and early in the period they cut the lead to 5-3 when Josh Winquist and Leedahl scored 21 seconds apart. But that momentum was halted when Hawks defenseman Derrick Pouliot scored on a shot from the neutral zone at the 7:34 mark, followed by a power play goal from Brendan Leipsic at the 9:08 mark as Portland made it 7-3, which stood as the final.
Mac Carruth earned the win in net with 10 saves on 13 shots. Lotz allowed five goals on 24 shots through two periods, while Cotton gave up two goals on six shots in the third.
Portland’s power play was potent, going 3-5, while the penalty kill was a perfect 2-2.
The two teams are back in action Friday for Game 4 in Everett at 7:30, with Game 5 Saturday back in Portland at Veterans Memorial Coliseum at 7 p.m.