Portland seemed to feed off the crowd from the get-go and had 22 shots on Everett goalie Austin Lotz in the first period. Lotz made several key saves, but was also helped by the Hawks missing on great scoring chances. Portland would finally get one 9:34 in after Taylor Leier took several shots on Lotz, on the powerplay and Chase De Leo found a rebound to put in the open net. Portland could not find the net again in the first, despite dominating play. This would end up being key in the Tip's victory.
In the 2nd, the Hawk's worst dreams would come true when the Tips scored twice to take the lead. First, they scored a weird one at 3:07. when the puck went off Portland D-man Troy Rutkowski and past an out of position Carruth. Everett D-man Cole MacDonald would get credit for the goal as he was the player who crashed into Carruth while carrying the puck. Then with only 2:55 left in the period, 16 year old Tyler Sandhu beat the Hawk's Defense to a puck behind the net and found a wide open Joshua Winquist in the slot. Winquist wired it past Carruth and the 9300+ in attendance were quickly quieted.
|Nic Petan and Joshua Winquist|
Portland out-shot the Tips 58-31. Lotz made 55 saves and Carruth made 27.
#3-Taylor Leier- was easily the Hawk's most consistent player in the game, creating many scoring chances and nerly putting in a few of his own.
#2- Kohl Bauml- by my count only had a few shots on goal, but took advantage of two of them, scoring twice.
-Lotz made 65 saves in a regular season loss to Kamloops, so he has proven that he can stand on his head against a better team.
-Bauml made an odd play behind the net at 8:42 of the first, when he tripped Mac Carruth behind the net and then put the puck into the open net. The goal was obviously dis-allowed.
-Coach Travis Green made an interesting move by taking Paul Bittner and Keegan Iverson out of the lineup in favor of Joe Mahon and Joey Baker. Iverson and Bittner had been playing on the 3rd line with Taylor Peters.
-In another shocking game 1 win, 7th seeded Seattle beat 2nd seeded Kelowna 5-4 .
-Spokane beat Tri City 4-1 and Kamloops took down Victoria 3-2 in the other game ones in the Western conference.
-Portland is hoping this is not the start of a repeat of the 6 game loss to 8th seeded Prince George back in 1996-97.
-Game 2 is 7:00 tonight