Portland would turn up the pressure in period two, out-shooting Everett 20-4 and putting two more past Lotz. The first one would come, like many Portland goals in this series, on the power play, when Tyler Wotherspoon's pass deflected off a Silvertip right onto the stick of Bjorkstrand in the slot. Oliver quickly wristed it back Lotz for his second of the game. Not to be outdone, with a little over a minute left in the period, Seth Jones pinched in on a long rebound and snapped a shot past Lotz that knocked the water bottle off the top of his net.
Then, in the third period, Portland did not let up, scoring one more and limiting Evrett to an astounding one shot on goal in the frame. The Hawks just simply controlled the puck for the majority of every shift and if the Tips did get the puck, they were too tired to mount an attack. Taylor Leier would get the insurance 3:47 into the period, after a great cycle between him, De Leo and Bjorjstrand finished with him in prime position in the slot. Leier beating Lotz has got to be sweet redemption for Taylor, as Lotz has performed highway robbery on him many times thorughout the series.
Mac Carruth, in one of his best games in the series, stopped 12 of 13 shots. He will need to be ready for the next series, in which he is sure to face a bigger workload. Austin Lotz, in another great performance stopped 47 of 52. Portland was 2/5 on the power play and Everett was 0/3.
#3- Austin Lotz- Not his best performance, but I have to give him a star based on how amazing he has played for most of the series. Everett does not win any games unless he stands on his head in Games 1 and 5.
-Taylor Leier had a goal taken away in the second after the referee ruled that he knocked the puck down with a high stick.I looked at the video and did not agree with this assesment, thougn it is a tough call to overturn, once you've made it.
-Brendan Leipsic also argued that he had put a puck past Lotz in the second period. Play was never whistled dead and the puck does appear to go, at least, on the goal line.
-Portland is 4-0 this series when they play Keegan Iverson and Paul Bittner, instead of Joe Mahon or Dominic Turgeon. Look for Coach Travis Green to keep Iverson and Bittner with Taylor Peters, as the fourth line played fantastic in Game 6. This line has been makeshift, but mostly has been Preston Kopeck centering Joey Baker and Adam De Champlain.
-Landon Oslanski, put on the ice, for the last 40 seconds of his WHL career, instead took a classless slash on the wrist of Seth Jones. He spent the last part of his career sitting in the box instead, a fitting end for a frustrating series for the 20 year old Defensman.
-Connor Cox, the other Tip's 20 year old, had an amazing series and, in my opinion, was their most consistent D-man.
-Lotz has most certainly increased his stock in this June's NHL draft with his performance this series.