The Everett Silvertips came out with intentions on winning, and that’s just what they did. Everett had 3 unanswered goals by the middle of the 2nd period, giving them a 7-3 victory against the Seattle Thunderbirds.
Moments after puck drop, Sutter laid a huge hit on Donovan Neuls and Neuls was needed to be helped off the ice. The hit on Neuls definitely caused some issues for Seattle, causing Matt O’Dette (Seattle’s Head coach) to change his lines for tonight’s game. At 11:53 Matthew Wedman would go to the box for “Slashing”, 17 seconds later Bajkov would score on the power play making it 1-0. Exactly 38 seconds later, Kevin Davis would use his skills and make it 2-0.
Seattle would answer back in less than 30 seconds to make it 2-1. The Tips would lead shots on goal, going 17 to Seattle’s 9. Dewar was going for a short-handed goal, when he was awarded a penalty shot. Dewar would capitalize on their lead making it 3-1 at the end of the first period.
Heading into the second period Richards would exploit their lead just over 3:00 minutes into the second period, making it 4-1 and scoring the game winning goal. While the score would remain the same for 10 minutes. Spencer Gerth would win the faceoff dishing it to Ethan O’Rourke, where he’d bury the puck in the back of the net. That goal would make it 5-1 where Everett would lead by 4 at the end of the second.
Opening the third period, Seattle would come out tearing down the defense like they did the beginning of Game 3. Seattle player Dillon Hamaliuk would score after Everett had 3 unanswered goals. Hamaliuk’s goal would make it 5-2, favoring the Tips. Seattle would score again at 6:41 in the third, giving the goal too Matthew Wedman (5-3). Nine minutes later Sutter would finish off a deflection puck that Pilon fired on Hughes, now making it (6-3). At 17:15 Fonteyne would wrist it from 65′ on an empty net, finishing off the game score 7-3.
Everett has swept Seattle’s past two home games, increasing Everett’s lead in Round 1 of the series to 3-1.
Everett has home ice advantage tomorrow at Angel of the Winds Arena in Everett, Wa. Puck drops at 7:05pm, doors open at 6:00pm.
Things to know:
Everett’s leaders for the 2018 WHL Playoffs, (ranking top 3 or higher)
- Right Winger, Patrick Bajkov is ranked 1st in Short Handed Goals
- Center, Connor Dewar is ranked 3rd in Short Handed Goals
- Center, Connor Dewar is ranked 1st in Plus/Minus (+/-) getting +7 points
- Goalie, Carter Hart is ranked 2nd in Goals Against Average
- Goalie Carter Hart is ranked 3rd in Save percentage, with a (.919)
- Goalie Carter Hart is ranked 1st in Wins
Wyatte Wylie drops down to being ranked 4th in Plus/Minus (+/-) at +7 points.
Game 5; is at Angel of the Winds Arena in Everett, Wa. Puck drop 7:05pm
Written by: Chandler O’Neill
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