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Everett's 3-2 earns 1st-place tie with Hawks

EVERETT SILVERTIPS 3, Portland Winterhawks 2

Friday night, Comcast Arena, 5,014 announced attendance

HIGHLIGHTS

Fast starts have been Portland's trademark this season. But on Friday night, it was the Silvertips who broke out of the gate the quickest. Everett scored at 4:52 and 8:57 of the first period to lead 2-0.

The Silvertips made the score 3-0 on a power play at 1:19 of the second period, as Everett dominated for 40 minutes.

The Hawks scored twice in the first 4:21 of the third period but couldn't get the equalizer in the first meeting of the teams this season.

WHAT IT MEANS

Everett has caught the Winterhawks for first place in the Western Hockey League U.S. Division, and both teams have 34 points, the most of any WHL club. Everett, however, has played in one fewer game than Portland.

TOP PERFORMERS

• Derrick Pouliot, Portland defenseman, skated well and got his team's second goal off a rebound and with the man advantage, as the visitors took advantage of two Everett penalties without 25 seconds of each other.

• Oliver Bjorkstrand put the Hawks on the board at 1:31 of the final frame.

• Nic Petan assisted on both Portland goals.

• Brendan Burke made 33 saves, as Everett outshot the Hawks 36-28.

KEY STATS

• Shots were 32-13 for Everett through two periods.

• WHL scoring leaders: 1st — Mitch Holmberg, Spokane, 25 goals-30 assists-55 points. 2nd — Petan, 12-33-45; 3rd — Oliver Bjorkstrand, Portland, 18-23-41. 4th — Joshua Winquist, Everett, 16-23-39. Petan is first in the league in assists.

WHL WESTERN CONFERENCE

STANDINGS

Everett 15-3-4-0 (34) (U.S. Division co-leader)

Kelowna 14-2-0-2 (30) (B.C. Division leader)

Portland 16-5-1-1 (34) (U.S. Division co-leader)

Spokane 15-7-0-0 (30)

Tri-City 13-9-0-2 (28)

Victoria 13-9-0-1 (27)

Seattle 11-8-1-2 (25)

Vancouver 9-11-2-1 (21)

Prince George 8-13-1-3 (20)

Kamloops 6-13-2-1 (15)

NEXT

The Winterhawks play at Kamloops on Saturday, 7 p.m. (KPAM 860 AM).