Winterhawks down Everett in overtime
Joachim Blichfeld scored with 1:02 left in overtime Tuesday to lift the Portland Winterhawks to a 4-3 win over the Everett Silvertips at Memorial Coliseum.
It was the fourth consecutive Western Hockey League win for Portland and the second in four days over the U.S. Division-leading Silvertips.
Blichfeld beat Everett goalie Carter Hart with a wrist shot from the high slot to end the three-on-three extra period.
Even Weinger, Colton Veloso and Alex Overhardt also scored for Portland, and goalie Cole Kehler made 31 saves.
The Winterhawks (26-21-1-2, 55 points) remain in the eighth and last playoff spot in the Western Conference, seven points up on ninth-place Spokane. Portland is three points back of seventh-place Kelowna.
It was the fifth consecutive loss and eighth overtime loss this season for the Silvertips (30-9-8-2, 70 points), who remain atop the division.
Henri Jokiharju and Cody Glass both had an assist for Portland after flying back from the CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game, which was played on Monday in Quebec City. Each said he slept for two or three hours between the games.
Jokiharju, who had three assists for Team Orr and was voted the second star in Monday's prospects showcase, said he felt "stress-free" during Tuesday's game.
"I wasn't sure I was going to play today because I was so tired. But we came here and decided we're going to play today," Jokiharju said.
Glass, who had an assist on Team Cherry's first goal on Monday and on the Winterhawks' first goal Tuesday three time zones away, said it helped that the game was on home ice in front of 3,406 Winterhawks fans.
"I kind of wanted to get hit a little bit hard so I could wake up my head a little bit," Glass said. "But as soon as I hit the ice I felt like I was back at home here in Portland, so that was nice."
Not that he wants to experience hockey on two hours sleep again.
"It's all mental. You're a little bit foggy, and some of the plays you want to make aren't really going your way because of fatigue. But you have to battle through it because it's hockey," Glass said. "I battled through it. It was not bad, and we got the win."
Weinger scored the only goal of the first period. He took a pass from Glass and sped up the left wall, cut to the front of the net and stuffed the puck home at 5:24.
Hart was tested in the first period and made a series of big stops with Portland on a power play midway through the opening period to keep the score at 1-0.
After the Silvertips scored twice in 28 seconds early in the second period to lead 2-1, Veloso poked home Portland's second goal seven seconds into a power play. The Hawks won the faceoff, and Caleb Jones was able to skate down the slot to create the chance Veloso finished.
Everett's second-period goals were scored by Aaron Irving on a shot from the point at 3:17 and by Devon Skoleski on a two-on-one at 3:45.
Overhardt found a loose puck in traffic and scored 42 seconds into the third period to put Portland ahead 3-2.
Everett took advantage of a turnover by Blichfeld to tie the score at 3-3 at 9:24 of the third period on a goal by Brian King.
Portland went 1 for 3 on the power play. Everett was 0 for 3.
A very busy week continues Wednesday for the Winterhawks, who play host to Kamloops at 7 p.m. at Moda Center.