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Lotz stops 43 for Everett to stave off elimination against Portland

Sunday, 03.31.2013 / 1:04 AM / News

The Canadian Press

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Lotz stops 43 for Everett to stave off elimination against Portland

PORTLAND, Ore. - Austin Lotz made 43 saves as the Everett Silvertips staved off elimination Saturday with a 3-2 victory over the top-seeded Portland Winterhawks in Game 5 of a first-round Western Hockey League playoff series.

The Winterhawks, who finished the regular season with a league-high 117 points and 60 more than the Silvertips, still lead the series 3-2.

Joshua Winquist and Logan Aasman scored in the first period for the Silvertips, while Reid Petryk cashed in on a breakaway in the second period as Everett built a 3-0 lead through 40 minutes.

Portland tried to rally in the third period, getting power-play goals from Brendan Leipsic and Derrick Pouliot to pull within one goal with 1:25 left in regulation.

Ty Rattie had a prime chance to tie the game for the Winterhawks in the waning seconds, but the puck was cleared off the goal-line by the Silvertips before it went in the net.

Portland goaltender Mac Carruth faced just 18 shots, stopping 15.

The Winterhawks went 2 for 5 on the power play, and are 11 for 28 in the series with the man advantage. Everett went scoreless on two opportunities.

The Silvertips have won two of three games played in Portland, while the Winterhawks took Games 3 and 4 in Everett, Wash., by a combined 18-7 margin. Game 6 takes place in Everett on Monday.

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