Game 4 preview

The Tips are heading into Game 4 leading the series (2-1) looking to capitalize on their last road win, and grab another one @ the ShoWare center in Kent, Wa.

Important things to know heading into tonight’s game. After serving a one game suspension for Kneeing, Riley Sutter will be back in the line up. The Silvertips have confirmed that they recalled forward Ty Westgard, from the Surrey Eagles of the British Columbia Hockey League. Westgard will wear jersey #12.

Seattle was able to shut down Pilon and Bajkov, but couldn’t shut down Fonteyne. Fonteyne scored 2 goals on Tuesday night (3/27), and laid a huge hit on Sami Moilanen with less than a minute to go in the first period. Fonteyne explained his thoughts right before his hit; “I was backchecking and I saw the puck kind of squirt out,” Fonteyne told the [Everett Herald] “He’s a really skilled player, so I knew that if I didn’t step up and try and take the body he would probably make me look silly. So I just tried to stand my ground and just tried to get a piece of him.” Sami Moilanen is unexpected to play tonight.

WHL: MAR 27 Everett Silvertips at Seattle Thunderbirds
Matt Fonteyne skates with the puck, trying to keep it away from opposing team. (Photo credits to Chris Mast)

Everett needs to make sure that they’re staying out of the box as much as possible. They need to play an aggressive offensive zone game without turning over the puck, as well as playing a hard physical contact defensive zone. They need to make Seattle “feel them” as some say. But that’s always easier said then done, I stated in Game 3 preview that Everett can’t rely on Hart. Whilst Hart made incredible saves in the first period, And practically carried Everett on his shoulders until the Second period. Hart can’t afford another 20 minutes of peppering shots on him to open the game up, the Tips defense will definitely need to step-up in tonight’s game.

Game 4; Puck drops at 7:35 @ the Acceso ShoWare center. Listen live on the Radio via KRKO 1380am

Lets Go Tips!


Wrote by: Chandler O’Neill

Featured image credited to Chris Mast

Images via Everett Silvertips, Images

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