Kennewick, Wa– Monday night, before 3,030 fans at the Toyota Center in Kennewick, Wa. The Everett Silvertips walk away in a 6-5 over-time win against the Tri-City Americans.
Tri-City opened up the game keeping Everett in their own zone for well over two minutes. Just 8:00 into the first, the Tips momentum started to advance. Patrick Bajkov(12) got a puck fed in front of the goal from Matt Fonteyne and Bajkov scored at 8:54.
Tri-City would draw a delayed penalty at 10:42, after Riley Sutter went to the box, moments later Morgan Geekie(17) would score off a pass from Jake Bean making it 1-1. Everett would get two power plays, nearly back to back and would be unsuccessful in those opportunities. At 2:30 Pilon would go down on the ice, as Michael Rasmussen checked him from behind. Pilon didn’t return the remainder of the first, and Rasmussen would head to the box at 2:30.
Bajkov(13) would get his second of the night almost a minute after Rasmussen went to the box. Tips would lead 2-1, and would also lead shots on goal 20-4.
Kyle Olson(1) would tie it up at just 1:19 into the second period. At 6:22, Connor Dewar would go to the box for interference. With just 8 seconds gone in the power play, Michael Rasmussen(16) would get Tri-City the lead (2-3).
With 2:52 left in the second, Bajkov and Isaac Johnson would get 2:00 for roughing. Ending the second period, Tri-City would hold their lead at 2-3.
Everett and Tri-City’s passes were being intercepted by one another, no one’s passes were crisp enough to get a play going. But at 4:37 into the third Kyle Olson(2) would get his second of the night, near the right circle getting past Tips goalie Carter Hart. As the lead intensified, it seemed as if we were gonna battle it out in a sudden death game, at Angel of the Winds Arena in Everett. Jordan Topping would find a break-away puck and beat Jake Christiansen where Topping(4) would painfully increase the lead to 2-5 in favor of Tri-City with 11:08 left in the third. With 4-on-4 hockey, Dewar(9) would score about a minute into 4-on-4.
With 6:07 left, Kevin Davis(2) would get a shot pass the American’s goalie Patrick Dea, making it 5-4. Everett would answer again quickly and Garret Pilon would tie it up 5-5. The game would carry into over-time as Everett controlled nearly the last 10 minutes of the third period.
To open up overtime play, Everett came out still controlling much of the puck. At 4:48 into OT, Dylan Coghlan would sit in the box for 2:00 for Tripping. Exactly a minute later,Kevin Davis(3) would find a lane and fire it from a high slot between the circles and get it past Dea. That would claim Everett as the Western Conference Champions.
Post Game Interviews:
Silvertips Right Winger, Patrick Bajkov Post Game Interview (4-30-18)⇓
Silvertips Defense-man, Kevin Davis Post Game Interview and OT winning goal (4-30-18)⇓
Written by: Chandler O’Neill
FEATURED IMAGE CREDITED TO, CHRIS MAST (4-28-18, Davis skates with the puck)
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