Hawks win at Everett
EVERETT, Wash. Â The Portland Winterhawks improved to 2-0 since the Western Hockey League stripped them of multiple draft choices, $200,000 and the services of coach-general manager Mike Johnston for the rest of the season.
The Hawks beat Everett 4-1 Saturday, one night after a home win over Seattle.
Portland (22-4-1-0) will meet the Silvertips again at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Memorial Coliseum.
It was the Hawks' sixth consecutive victory and their first on the road since the WHL levied its unprecedented penalties on Portland for various extra benefits given to players.
The Winterhawks led 2-0 after one period after goals by defensemen Derrick Pouliot (at 2:17) and Tyler Wotherspoon (9:48).
Brendan Leipsic made the score 3-0 at 1:35 of the second period, and Ty Rattie's goal at 19:41 gave the Hawks a 4-0 lead going into the final period.
Everett broke through at 13:29 of the final frame.
Brendan Burke picked up the win for Portland, making 29 saves, as Portland killed all four of its penalties before a crowd of 4,957.
The Hawks outshot Everett 34-30 and were 1 of 5 on the power play.
Leipsic has scored in 15 consecutive games. He has 13 goals and 22 assists in that span.
Rattie has scored in 20 of his last 21 outings, with 17 goals and 24 assists during that stretch.
Burke is 7-3-1-0 this season.
Everett dropped to 11-18-0-2.
The Silvertips' fans booed Portland defenseman Seth Jones, a highly regarded NHL prospect who was drafted by Everett but chose not to sign with the club, leading Everett to eventually trade his rights to Portland.