The Everett Silvertips out hustled and out muscled the Tri-City Americans tonight in Kennewick, Wa. Silvertips player Patrick Bajkov would reach his second post-season hat trick. Everett would go 2-2-4 in goals during tonight’s game, getting an 8-4 victory over Tri-City and setting a franchise record for most goals in a post season game.
Everett was wanting to lead the Western Conference Finals, yet again…and thats just what they were able to do tonight in a 8-4 victory. Everett’s Left Winger Martin Fasko-Rudas(4) would start the score board off with a 1-0 lead 2:36 in to the first period. Patrick Bajkov(9) would sweeten the lead 2-0 at 10:21 in the first period.
With a scrum breaking out at 14:41, two players went to the box, one player from each team and it led to 4-on-4 hockey. Riley Sutter would check from behind at 15:35 sending him to the box, leaving Everett on a 4-on-3 match-up. With this dangerous match-up and lots of room for Tri-City, 20 seconds later Michael Rasmussen(13) would get a power play goal and cut the lead down to 1. With Tri-City’s goal, it’d be back to 4-on-4 hockey until the penalties expired. Everett would lead 2-1 after the first.
Everett’s Left Winger, Sean Richards would commit a “Holding” penalty 52 seconds into the 2nd behind Harts net. With the Americans on the power play again, Juuso Välimäki(2) would tie it up 2-2, from being left unmarked in the center of the circles. Determination from Richards would earn a stolen puck to feed Reece Vitelli(3) in front of the net at 3:55 in the 2nd, the Tips would grab the lead again at 3-2.
While 10:00 of play would go by, the momentum went up as did the aggressiveness play. With 6:52 left in the 2nd Ian Walker(1) would net it from the blue line, extending their lead to 4-2. The rest of the period would remain scoreless.
Opening the third, Tri-City came out dominating just 47 seconds in. Where Isaac Johnson(5) would get it past Hart on the left post cutting the lead down to a reachable come back. After the Americans goal, coaches started exchanging words, with only glass separating them. Referees warned both teams of penalties, coaches seemed to settle shortly. Luckily no coach was ejected in tonight’s game.
To tie the game 4-4, Michael Rasmussen(14) would get his second goal of the night, and the puck looked as if it went off Hart’s skate and into the net. Shortly after Tri-City’s goal they would get a 2-on-1 break away but Hart would make the save to keep it tied at 4-4.
At 6:54 Bajkov(10) would get his second of the night, sneaking past Americans goalie Patrick Dea’s glove side. Tips would lead again, making it 5-4. Within three minutes of play, and only three faceoffs. Patrick Bajkov(11) would get his second post season Hat Trick. With Bajkov’s goal, he put the Tips up to a 6-4 lead. Now to sweeten the lead even more, Connor Dewar(6) would sneak in past Dea in the paint, stretching it to a three goal lead. To dig the dagger less than a minute a later from Dewar’s goal, was Garrett Pilon(10) making it 8-4.
The Tips got four goals in four minutes and fifty seconds, with Bajkov earning two of those four. After Pilon’s goal, it was as if Tri-City wasn’t playing hockey anymore, and they were just playing a physical body game. Tri-City would earn two minor penalties, and two “10 Minute Misconduct’s.” Everett would get one “2:00 Minute Misconduct” and one “10 Minute Misconduct.”
Everett now leads the Western Conference Finals 2-1, with a 8-4 victory in Kennewick against Tri-City. Everett is also the only team to beat Tri-City on their own ice in this play off-season.
Game 4 Away; Thursday April 26th, puck drop 7:05pm @ Toyota Center in Kennewick, WA. Listen live on the Radio via KRKO 1380am
Lets Go Tips!
Written by: Chandler O’Neill
FEATURED IMAGE CREDITED TO, CHRIS MAST (Patrick Bajkov celebrates against the Portland Winterhawks on 4/07/18) (4/07/18)
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