Winterhawks cant close out series

first_imgPORTLAND — The question now becomes: Can the Silvertips beat the Winterhawks in Everett?For the second time in eight days, Everett rode a disciplined performance and some sharp goaltending from Austin Lotz to an unexpected win in Portland.Saturday’s 3-2 win for Everett in front of 7,093 at Veterans Memorial Coliseum extends the first-round Western Hockey League playoff series to a Game 6 on Monday at Comcast Arena in Everett. If Everett wins, the series will come down to a Game 7 in Portland on Wednesday.Such a scenario seemed highly unlikely after Portland won 11-4 on Friday in Everett. But the No. 8 seed in the Western Conference playoffs wasn’t ready to call it a season.“They were good tonight. Full credit to them the way they played it,” Portland’s Ty Rattie said. “It’s just one of those games where pucks weren’t bouncing for us.”Rattie had several apparent goals bounce the wrong way. In the third period, when the Winterhawks scored twice to cut into a 3-0 deficit, Rattie had a back-hand chance with Lotz down but couldn’t lift the puck into the gaping net. And in the closing seconds of the game, Rattie saw the puck bounce off the goalpost from in tight.last_img read more

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