Newspaper article The Canadian Press

WHL Roundup: Everett Beats Portland to Hold off Playoff Elimination

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

WHL Roundup: Everett Beats Portland to Hold off Playoff Elimination

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WHL Roundup: Silvertips still alive

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The best team in the Western Hockey League can't find an easy way past the Everett Silvertips.

Austin Lotz made 43 saves as the Silvertips staved off elimination Saturday with a 3-2 victory over the top-seeded Portland Winterhawks.

The Winterhawks, who finished the regular season with a league-high 117 points and 60 more than the Silvertips, still lead the first-round series 3-2.

Joshua Winquist and Logan Aasman scored in the first period for the Silvertips, while Reid Petryk cashed in on a breakaway in the second period as Everett built a 3-0 lead through 40 minutes.

Portland tried to rally in the third period, getting power-play goals from Brendan Leipsic and Derrick Pouliot to pull within one goal with 1:25 left in regulation.

Ty Rattie had a prime chance to tie the game for the Winterhawks in the waning seconds, but the puck was cleared off the goal-line by the Silvertips before it went in the net.

Portland goaltender Mac Carruth faced just 18 shots, stopping 15. …

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