Sunday, March 3, 2013

Hawks Lose 3rd in a Row 4-2 in Everett

Despite dominating most of the game and out shooting Everett 45-25, the Portland Winterhawks fell to Everett for the first time in 9 chances this season, 4-2 Saturday night.

The Hawks held the tips to just 12 total shots the final 2 + periods of play, but could not get enough pucks past Tips Goalie Austin Lotz.

Ty Rattie opened the scoring 10:53 into the game, when he broke free shorthanded and was slashed by Everett Defenseman Landon Oslanski. A penalty shot was called and Rattie went high glove on Lotz.

Then on another powerplay Manraj Hayer found Swiss import Mirco Mueller on a cross ice pass. Instead of taking the shot, Mueller hit Kohl Bauml in between the face off circles, where Bauml fired it past Goalie Mac Carruth, tying the score.

There was no scoring in the second period, which for the first half was back and forth, before the Winterhawks seemed to take over the momentum despite cycling all four lines. 16 year olds Paul Bittner and  Keegan Iverson, moved up to the third line with the scratches of Adam De Champlain (was suspended) and Preston Kopeck (out injured), jumped at the chance and lead a physical forecheck that put Everett back on their heels. Both Bittner and Iverson created a lot of chances for themselves and their linemate: Taylor Peters.

In the 3rd, Everett scored against the flow of play when Ryan Harrison, Joshua Winquist and Reid Petryk set up a tic-tac-toe play, finishing with Petryk getting his 14th of the year and giving Everett the lead 2-1.

Portland responded 2 minutes and 47 seconds later on the powerplay when Ty Rattie, scoring his second of the game and 42nd of the year, deflected a Seth Jones point shot past Lotz.

The game would turn again when, Portland captain Troy Rutkowski delivered a check on Ryan Harrison, just after Harrison's dumping of the puck with 3:22 left. Rutkowski was called for a very controversial interference penalty, opening the door for Kohl Bauml to score the game winner off an Oslanski point shot.

The Hawks generated a few more scoring chances to end the game, but it would be Manraj Hayer, clearing the puck from below hi sown face off circle that would score on a Portland empty net to finish the scoring at 4-2.

3 Stars:
#3- Kohl Bauml- 2 important goals for the Tips and wasone of the few forwards for Everett that consistently won his one on one battles.
#2- Ty Rattie- 2 goals and took  ton of shots for the Hawks. Also, was all over the ice on the forecheck, leading the charge.
#1- Austin Lotz- 43 saves on 45 shots. Had to scramble for sveral of them, but had one of the best games I've seen from an Everett Goalie this year.
Austin Lotz

Notes and Scores:
-Hawks had another 40 + shot night and are averaging nearly 40 a game.
-Hawks and Tips will meet for their 8th and final meeting Tuesday.
-Coming in the Hawks had outscored the Tips 42-15 in their 8 victories.
-Kelowna won again, beating visiting Lethbridge 7-1 and cutting the Hawks Western conference lead to 105-96(the Hawks have a game in hand).
-Tri City beat Seattle 5-3 and Spokane won over Victoira 3-2. The Chiefs still hold a 1 point lead for 4th in the West (Tri still has a game in hand).
- Kelowna plays at Kamloops in an important B.C. Diviion matchup tonight (Kelowna holds a 5 point edge).
-Former Hawk Jannik  Hansen rebounded from his suspension, scoring his 4th of the year in the Vancouver Canuck's 5-2 win over L.A.
Jannik Hansen Winterhawk from 2005-06

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