AFTERMATH: Into 2018 As Winners
EVERETT, Wash. – In the first half of the season, there was a stretch where it felt like the majority of the production offensively was coming from the top two lines. As of the past month, four lines and three d-pairs have been rolling extremely well, and the Tips have had a lot of offense from the bottom two lines as well as defensemen.
Tonight: 3 goals from the defense, two from Jake Christiansen and one from Montana Onyebuchi that came from the edge of the offensive zone.
“We’ve been harping on our group a lot about net front presence,” said Tips head coach Dennis Williams. “Those goals go in because of good screens and guys net front fighting. The goalie looks the other way and misses the goal because of the good net front.”
“Both goals from Jake were Bryce Kindopp net front. We’ve been stressing this a lot, get to the net and make it tough for goalies. If there’s no screen, goalies play catch with a lot of those shots.”
There were 5 points from the bottom 2 lines tonight as we saw a monster night from Orrin Centazzo with his 3 big points (career high), one of which was the game winning goal. Centazzo had a beautiful shot after bursting with speed behind the Kamloops defense that was roofed over Max Palaga to make it 3-1 Everett. It was obvious that Centazzo’s speed around the ice was frustrating Kamloops as their players were continuously chasing and two incidents resulted in power plays.
Rookie netminder Dustin Wolf has stepped up in a big way since Carter Hart went to World Juniors.
This week he was 2-1-0-0 with a shutout and only 3 goals allowed in 79 shots. He appears to be very comfortable as the number one guy and the team has a lot of confidence with him behind them.
Not to mention, he was also credited with an assist in the big 11-0 thrashing against the Vancouver Giants and has already three (!) career assists in his first season.
The Tips have 29 goals in their last five games, and rest until Friday when they visit the Victoria Royals for the first time this season.