Winterhawks clip Silvertips
Alex Overhardt scored the go-ahead goal with 10:55 left and Cole Kehler came up big again Saturday as the visiting Portland Winterhawks beat the Everett Silvertips, 3-1.
It was the third consecutive Western Hockey League win for Portland (12-4-0-0, 24 points) and stopped a three-game surge for Everett (7-10-1-0, 15 points). Portland is 6-1 on the road this season after the win in front of 7,887 at Xfinity Arena.
Portland leads the U.S.Division by two points over the Tri-City Americans.
Kieffer Bellows and Skyler McKenzie also scored for the Winterhawks.
Kehler finished with 43 saves, including a series of acrobatic stops late in the second period while sprawled on the ice.
Portland took a 1-0 lead into the third period, but Everett quickly tied it as Sean Richards deflected a Jake Christiansen shot past Kehler 1:06 into the final period.
Overhardt put Portland back on top eight minutes later. Ty Kolle won a battle for the puck along the right-wing wall and the puck found its way to Overhardt in the slot. It was the fifth goal of the season for the 20-year-old center.
An empty-net breakaway goal for McKenzie with 1:11 sealed the win. Cody Glass made the up-ice pass to McKenzie to finish for his 13th goal of the season.
Bellows scored his 13th of the season with 3:24 left in the first period. Skyler McKenzie made a pass from behind the net to set up Bellows.
Carter Hart, in only his fourth start of the season for Everett, finished with 39 saves.
Everett was 0 for 6 on the power play, including a four-minute high sticking penalty to Glass that the Hawks killed in the first period. Portland was 0 for 1 on the power play.
Next for the Winterhawks is a Nov. 11 home game against Tri-City at the Moda Center. Like all Saturday home games this season, it will start at 6 p.m.