Everett did not play a full 60 minutes of hockey. For that, Tri-City beat Everett 5-3, forcing the Tips to give up an early lead before 6,401 fans at Angel of the Winds Arena in Everett, WA.
Everett looked like they came out ready to take a two game series lead in the first period, they skated hard and played a physical game. At 6:02 into the first period, Michael Rasmussen committed a “High Sticking” penalty and went to the box for 2 minutes. At 7:34 Matt Fonteyne(5) got the rebound and scored, putting the Tips at a 1-0 lead. With nearly 9:00 left, Everett led shots on goal, going 16-2. Tri-City would score on their third shot and make it a tie game. Parker AuCoin(2) would get the credit for that goal.
Two Tri-City players ended up in the box, giving Everett a 5-on-3 power play for 1:17. Bajkov got the puck in front of Tri-City’s Goalie Patrick Dea, here an Americans player accidentally helped it into his own goal. Bajkov got the credit for that goal, making it 1-2 Tips. Everett ended the first period leading the scoreboard in shots on goal 20-9, and with a one goal lead.
Tri-City came out ready to make a comeback in the second period. Americans player Jordan Topping got a rush pass at 12:02 and tied it all back up 2-2 in the second period.
Everett couldn’t seem to get a shot off for almost half the period, but did a good job of not letting Tri-City capitalize on any of their shots and clearing the puck out of the Tips’ defensive zone. Near the ending half of the second period, Everett stepped up their game, though they couldn’t take advantage of any shots they were taking. Tri-City out shot Everett 13-8 in the second period.
Heading into the third period, both teams were fired up and ready to claim the win. Everett came out ripping two great shots within 30 seconds of play. Bajkov had a great chance to score near the crease, but being “too cute” with the puck as some say, and couldn’t get the shot off. The Tips started looking very fatigued about 5:00 into the third period, but Tri-City and Everett both increased their physical game half-way through the third.
AuCoin(3) got his second goal of the night by going back door on Hart at 10:19, giving Tri-City a 3-2 lead. Garrett Pilon(9) answered back shortly at exactly 11:25 and tied the game at 3-3. It looked like they were still in this game, but when Tri-City replied at 12:29 and Maxwell James(1) made it 4-3, it didn’t look as if we could come back. With a media time-out and less than a minute remaining, Everett pulled their Goalie to get a 6th man attacker. After a close call with Try-City almost dumping the puck in the net, Rasmussen(12) successfully made it 5-3 at 19:38, moments before the game ended.
With Tri-City’s win they are now 9-1 in the playoffs and get the Western Conference Final split 1-1. The next two games are away, giving Tri-City the home ice advantage in Kennewick.
Post Game Interviews:
Silvertips Captain, Matt Fonteyne Post Game Interview (4-21-18)⇓
Silvertips Head Coach, Dennis Williams Post Game Interview (4-21-18) ⇓
Game 3 Away; Monday April 23rd, puck drop 7:05pm @ Toyota Center in Kennewick, WA.
Game 4 Away; Thursday April 26th, puck drop 7:05pm @ Toyota Center in Kennewick, WA.
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Written by: Chandler O’Neill
Edited by: Cassie Coburn & Chandler O’Neill
FEATURED IMAGE CREDITED TO, CHRIS MAST (Tips Player Jake Christiansen takes a hit from Tri-City player Nolan Yaremko) (4-20-18)
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