By Staci C. – Silvertips staff writer
On Friday, the Everett Silvertips padded their lead for first place in the U.S. Division with a 4-1 win over Tri-City. The impact made, from the three stars:
1. Graham Millar: The Silvertips got a big win thanks in part to a two point night from Graham Millar. Millar got a big power play goal in the first period that eventually ended up being the game winner and had an assist on an insurance goal in the third to cement the win. Graham Millar was sidelined for a month and recently started getting back into the lineup with the boys and has had solid games since his return. Millar stated, “it’s definitely when you’re there, watching it—it makes you want to play even more so yeah just getting back in the flow of things and to the grind definitely helps. You never want to feel too comfortable, I’m always preparing, like I should. Just getting back into the swing of things again.” Millar seems to be the Tips’ lucky charm as they are 7-0-0 when he scores and couldn’t be happier that he is back.
2. Kevin Davis: A big reason why the Tips did so well on the power play tonight (3/9) was thanks to work horse Kevin Davis. Davis had two key primary assists that led to Riley Sutter’s tying goal in the first and Patrick Bajkov’s insurance goal early in the third. When asked about the power play, Davis stated, “I think we just generated a lot of chances–they [Tri-City] did a great job on their forecheck on our breakouts but our guys just battled hard and we just shot pucks.”
3. Mario Petit: Super Mario has been shining bright as the number one goaltender while Carter Hart has been training for World Junior’s and has been doing amazing. A huge part of the win this evening had to do with key saves that he made during the penalty kill as well as short handed opportunities generated by the Americans. Davis commented that Mario played really well during the 2 on 1 and 2 on 0 breaks and made game winning saves. Constantine stated, “he rebounded from giving that up (after the one goal scored by Tri-City) really well and was really really solid the rest of the way—he was really good.” Super Mario is now 8-5-1-1-0 for the season.
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