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Defense stifles Everett, as Hawks tie series

The Portland Winterhawks squared their first-round playoff series Saturday night with a suffocating defense that fueled a 4-1 home victory over the Everett Silvertips.

The best-of-seven match-up is tied 1-1 going to Everett for the next two games, starting with Game 3 at 7 p.m. Wednesday.

Portland led all the way in Game 2, allowing the Tips only 11 shots —including 3 in the first period and 1 in the second frame.

That tied the franchise record for fewest shots allowed in any game. Portland held Seattle to 11 in a regular-season game in 2002.

The previous best in playoff action by the Winterhawks was 14 shots allowed, in a 3-0 loss to Everett on March 29, 2005.

Portland, which took 34 shots on Saturday, led 1-0 after one period on Troy Rutkowski's goal 6:34 into the game.

In the second period, another defenseman, Shaun MacPherson, scored at 8:04 to give the Hawks a 2-0 edge.

Ty Rattie got his second goal of the series at 6:43 of the third period.

After Everett scored on a power play at 10:48, defenseman Derrick Pouliot added to Portland's advantage with a man-advantage goal at 16:45.

Mac Carruth went the distance in goal for the Winterhawks, as a crowd of 10,947 at the Rose Garden watched the highly favored home team bounce back from its 4-3 loss to Everett on Friday.