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Power plays boost Winterhawks
The Portland Winterhawks outscored Everett 3-1 on power plays and beat the Silvertips 4-2 Friday night at the Rose Garden.
Portland went 3 for 8 on power plays, while holding the Tips to 1 for 7.
The Hawks took the lead after just 1:46, when Brendan Leipsic scored on a power play. Adam De Champlain made the score 2-0 at 5:08 with another power-play goal, and Nic Petan made it 3-0 at 2:43 of the second period, again with Portland having the man advantage.
Everett cut the led to 3-1 at 9:48 of the second period, but Taylor Leier scored at 12:42, and the Hawks led 4-1 going into the final 20 minutes.
Everett's final goal came at 18:01 of the third frame.
Brendan Burke stopped 24 shots to pick up the win in goal before the crowd of 5,668.
Portland outshot the Silvertips in every period and 38-26 overall.
The Winterhawks raised their record to 26-5-1-0. They have 53 points in 32 games, a point total matched only by Kamloops in the Western Hockey League. The Blazers are 25-9-1-2 in 37 games.
Portland plays host to Seattle at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Rose Garden. It's the Winterhawks' annual Teddy Bear Ross game, with bears thrown on the ice after the first Portland goal to be donated to charity. The game is sold out.
Seattle (x) is coming off a 7-6 shootout loss Friday at Spokane.