Portland is rolling now and the Everett Silvertips are about to become first-round roadkill. Ty Rattie had a hat trick and two assists and...
EVERETT — Portland is rolling now and the Everett Silvertips are about to become first-round roadkill.
Ty Rattie had a hat trick and two assists and Brendan Leipsic had two goals and three assists in an 11-4 win that puts the Winterhawks one victory from ending the opening-round series.
The high-flying Winterhawks, the regular-season champions who were shocked by the Silvertips in Game 1, have a 3-1 series lead and can completely restore order with a win tonight in Portland.
“Obviously, we played well,” Rattie said. “All of our systems were working, and it was a good game all around.”
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Rattie said the Winterhawks will try to make sure the series ends in Portland so they can get some rest before the second round.
Asked whether Everett had any chance to extend the series beyond five games, Rattie was diplomatic.
“You never know,” Rattie said. “We respect them a lot. They came out and played a good game in Game 1, so you never know. We’re going to take it business-like tomorrow. … We can’t get ahead of ourselves.”
Portland has scored 18 goals in its last two wins in Everett, making the Silvertips look very much like a No. 8 seed that finished the regular season with 32 fewer victories.
It didn’t take long for this one to be decided. The Winterhawks scored the first goal on a bad-angle shot by Ty Rattie that went off the back of Everett goaltender Austin Lotz and into the net.
The turning point of the game came, strangely enough, on a penalty against Portland.
Portland led 1-0 when Taylor Peters was called for a hook in the Everett zone. With the referee’s hand up in the air signaling the penalty for several seconds, Everett’s Stathis Soumelidis crashed into a Portland defender after he touched the puck to stop play.
The result was a double minor against Soumelidis, wiping out the Portland penalty and putting the Winterhawks on the power play.
Brandon Leipsic and Chase DeLeo scored power-play goals less than a minute apart and it was 3-0. Leipsic made it 4-0 before Josh Winquist temporarily stopped the bleeding with his fourth goal of the series for Everett.