Everett Silvertips (3) at Portland Winterhawks (2)
Everett leads series 3-1
Game 5: Friday, April 13 – Angel of the Winds Arena, Everett, Wash. – 7:35 p.m. PT
For the first 40 minutes of Thursday night’s lone game in the WHL Playoffs between the Everett Silvertips and Portland Winterhawks, there was a goaltending duel. In the final 2:07 of regulation, not so much.
Carter Hart (Philadelphia Flyers) stopped 28 of 28 shots through 40 minutes and Cole Kehler (Los Angeles Kings) kept the Winterhawks close with 11 saves on 12 shots. However, a late flurry of goals saw multiple lead changes that eventually kept the Silvertips in front thanks to 2018 NHL Draft prospect Wyatte Wylie’s game-winner on his first career WHL Playoffs goal.
It all started in the first as Connor Dewar tipped a point shot from Wylie past Kehler to open the scoring. Coming with 1:01 left in the first period, it spoiled what until that point had been a goaltending battle between the star duo of Hart and Kehler.
Both goaltenders flexed their defensive muscles in the second period, turning aside shot after shot, including Hart, who stopped Kieffer Bellows (New York Islanders) on a breakaway and then made an incredible stick save on a wide open cage to keep the visitors in front heading to the third.
Hart would be beat eventually though as right off a face-off early in the third, Joachim Blichfeld (San Jose Sharks) found teammate Brendan De Jong (Carolina Hurricanes) alone in the zone, wiring it past Hart to get the Winterhawks on the board.
That’s the way the game remained for the next 12:39 when the Winterhawks received more offensive support from their defensive core. With bodies in front, Henri Jokiharju (Chicago Blackhawks) put the puck on net, beating Hart to give the home side a one-goal advantage.
The Silvertips would have the last laugh though as right off the ensuing face-off, they came down the ice and Garrett Pilon (Washington Capitals) potted his sixth of the WHL Playoffs from far out to tie up the game.
Just 46 seconds later, the quick comeback was complete as Wylie shot the puck on net, only for it to take a weird bounce and slip over the goal line past Kehler, who made an unsuccessful attempt to dive back and save the puck.
Hart officially finished with 42 saves on 44 shots while Kehler stopped 23 of 26 in the loss.
Wylie, Pilon, and Dewar each finished with a goal and an assist. Patrick Bajkov (Florida Panthers), Riley Sutter, and Matt Fonteyne also added a single assist in the win. Cody Glass (Vegas Golden Knights), Alex Overhardt, Blichfeld, and Bellows each had a single helper for the Winterhawks.
Now 4-0 on the road in the 2018 WHL Playoffs, the Silvertips head home with a chance to close out their second straight series in five games.
#WHLPlayoffs schedule for Friday, April 13
Game 5 – Swift Current Broncos at Moose Jaw Warriors – 7:00 p.m. MT (Series tied 2-2)
Game 5 – Brandon Wheat Kings at Lethbridge Hurricanes – 7:00 p.m. MT (LET leads 3-1)
Game 5 – Everett Silvertips at Portland Winterhawks – 7:35 p.m. PT (EVT leads 3-1)