2005-2006 Season Recap
The young Everett Silvertips organization put forth another impressive season in 2005-06. The ‘Tips set numerous franchise records in their third year of existence and enjoyed another solid run in the WHL playoffs, advancing to the Western Conference Finals for the second time. Everett was held out of another appearance in the league finals by the rival Vancouver Giants, but the Silvertips again exceeded expectations to reach the WHL’s final four for the second time in three seasons.
SILVERTIPS BREAK TEAM AND INDIVIDUAL FRANCHISE RECORDS
Throughout the 2005-2006 season the Silvertips broke numerous team and individual franchise records. As a group, the Silvertips broke franchise single-season records for wins (40), points earned (85), home victories (25), goals scored (203), powerplay goals (81) and shorthanded goals (13). Individually, John Lammers tallied the most goals (38) and most points (75) of any Silvertips player in a season. Shaun Heshka set a new team record for most assists in a season with 49, while goaltender Leland Irving set single-season franchise records in wins (37), saves (1504), games played (67), and goals-against average (1.92). The Silvertips also recorded the most hat tricks in the WHL with ten, with Peter Mueller and John Lammers tallying three apiece to lead the way. Torrie Wheat added a pair of three-goal nights, while Ondrej Fiala and Zach Hamill recorded one hat trick each. Of the ten hat tricks, five were “natural hat tricks”, with one player scoring three straight times for Everett.
FASTEST TO 100 WINS
In their first three seasons in the WHL the Silvertips recorded 108 wins, 82 losses, 17 ties, 6 overtime losses and 3 shootout losses in 216 regular season games. The Silvertips became the fastest expansion team in modern WHL history to reach 100 wins when they accomplished the feat with a 4-2 home victory over the rival Seattle Thunderbirds on February 14, 2006.
SILVERTIPS LEADING SCORERS IN 2005-2006 REGULAR SEASON
John Lammers (38 goals, 37 assists) led the Silvertips in scoring with 75 points in 2005-06. The Langley, BC native also paced the ‘Tips with 38 goals, 16 powerplay goals, four shorthanded goals and tied for first with six game-winning goals. Forward Zach Hamill (21 goals, 38 assists) and defenseman Shaun Heshka (10 goals, 49 assists) finished tied for second on the team in scoring with 59 points each. Hamill led the team in plus/minus rating at +18, while Heshka led the club with 49 assists. First-year forward Peter Mueller (26 goals, 32 assists) led all Silvertips rookies in scoring with 58 points on his way to being named the WHL’s 2006 Rookie of the Year. The Bloomington, Minnesota native also finished second on the club with 26 goals. In goal, Leland Irving posted 37 victories and recorded a 1.92 goals-against average, .926 saves percentage and four shutouts.
2006 SILVERTIPS PLAYOFF SCORING LEADERS
Silvertips forward Zach Hamill (3 goals, 11 assists) led the Silvertips in playoff scoring with 14 points. The Port Coquitlam, BC native also led the team in assists. Shaun Heshka (3 goals, 10 assists) and Peter Mueller (7 goals, 6 assists) finished tied for second on the team in playoff scoring with 13 points. Mueller also led the Silvertips in goals scored with seven. Defenseman Taylor Ellington (1 goal, 2 assists) finished in the top spot on the hockey club with a +6 rating. In goal, Leland Irving recorded eight wins, a 1.69 GAA, .938 SV% and three shutouts during the playoffs. Goaltender Matt Esposito relieved Irving during his injury and compiled a 3.41 GAA and a .873 SV%.
LONGEST GAME IN SILVERTIPS HISTORY
Game 5 of the Silvertips’ second-round playoff series against Kelowna on Friday, April 14 marked the longest game in franchise history. The Rockets defeated the Silvertips 3-2 in double overtime in the contest, which lasted a total of 87 minutes and 50 seconds.
WALL GETS THE NHL CALL
Goaltender Michael Wall became the first former Silvertip to suit-up in the NHL when the Anaheim Mighty Ducks called him up from the Portland Pirates (AHL) on October 20, 2005. Wall did not appear in a game, but dressed as the Ducks’ backup goaltender. Wall played in 91 games for the Silvertips from 2003-2005, finishing among the WHL leaders in goals-against average (1.92), saves percentage (.931), wins (24) and shutouts (10) in 2004-05.
THANK YOU TORRIE, SHAUN AND MARK
The Silvertips said goodbye to 20-year-olds Torrie Wheat, Shaun Heshka and Mark Kress after three years of hard work and dedication following the 2005-06 season. Wheat ended his WHL career as the all-time leading scorer in Silvertips history with 126 points. The Nanaimo, BC native played 174 games for Everett, recording 49 goals and 77 assists from 2003-2006. Wheat’s 49 goals and 30 power play goals ranked him first in franchise history in both of those categories as well. Defenseman Shaun Heshka finished his career second on the Silvertips scoring list with 107 points. The Melville, SK native played his entire WHL career with Everett, setting a franchise record through three seasons with 204 games played. Heshka was also the Silvertips’ career leader in assists at the time with 82. Mark Kress finished his Silvertips career with 171 career games played over three seasons. The Regina, SK native had 16 goals and 19 assists for 35 points in his three years with the club.