The Portland Winterhawks qualified for the Western Hockey League playoffs in style.
The Winterhawks got a gift goal early and never looked back in a 6-0 demolition of the Everett Silvertips on Tuesday to become the first WHL team to clinch a post-season berth.
Portland was in control from the moment Everett defenceman Connor Cox inadvertently put a rebound into his own net on the power play 4:28 into the game. That began a four-goal burst that spanned just 3:38, effectively putting things out of reach.
Elsewhere in the WHL it was: Calgary 3, Medicine Hat 2; Seattle 6, Prince George 1; and Prince Albert 6, Victoria 5 (SO).
Daniel Cotton finished with 35 saves in taking the loss for Everett (21-28-3).
Hitmen 3, Tigers 2
At Medicine Hat, Alta., Pavlo Padakin scored a tiebreaking goal in the third period as Calgary (33-13-4) topped the Tigers (25-24-3).
Thunderbirds 6, Cougars 1
At Kent, Wash., Shea Theodore had two goals and Brandon Glover made 29 saves as the Seattle Thunderbirds (19-28-4) ended a three-game losing streak by dropping Prince George (15-29-4).
Raider 6, Royals 5 (SO)
At Victoria, Mark McNeill scored with one tenth of a second left in regulation and Leon Draisaitl had the only goal of the shootout as Prince Albert (29-17-4) got past the Royals (27-17-1-3).