Winterhawks lose at Everett
Patrick Bajkov and Matt Fonteyne provided the offense and Carter Hart continued his strong play in goal for the Everett Silvertips on Wednesday.
The result was a 4-1 win over the Portland Winterhawks at Xfinity Arena in Everett.
It was the third consecutive loss for Portland (20-7-0-1) and the sixth consecutive win for Everett (16-12-1-1). The Silvertips, with 34 points, moved into second place in the U.S. Division. The first-place Winterhawks have 41 points and have played two fewer games than the Silvertips.
A three-goal second period gave Everett command on Wednesday.
Bajkov opened the scoring at 3:48 of the second period off an assist from Sean Richards.
Jake Christiansen scored a power-play goal 6:13 into the period to make it 2-0. Fonteyne tapped home his 14th goal of the season off a nice pass from Bajkov with the teams skating four on four at 16:16 of the second period.
Bajkov made it 4-0 Silvertips 5:24 into the third period.
Shane Farkas then replaced Cole Kehler in goal for Portland. Farkas made 10 saves after Kehler stopped 31 of the 35 shots he faced.
The Winterhawks avoided being shut out for the second time in three games when rookie Reece Newkirk scored his first Western Hockey League goal with 1:14 left in the game.
Bajkov, who has played big against Portland this season including a late game-winner for Everett at Portland on Oct. 29, finished with two goals and one assist.
Fonteyne had a goal and one assist and Sean Richards had two assists.
The Silvertips outshot the Winterhawks 45-29. Portland was 0 for 2 on the power play with only two shots on goal with the man advantage against the WHL's top penalty-killing team. Everett was 1 for 4 on the power play.
Everett is 2-2 against Portland this season and the only U.S. Division team that has beaten the Winterhawks.
The Winterhawks return home for games at 7 p.m. Friday against Vancouver and at 6 p.m. on Saturday against Everett. Saturday's game is the annual Teddy Bear Toss game. Both games are at Memorial Coliseum.