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AFTERMATH: More Offense, Please


By Staci C. – Silvertips Staff Writer

EVERETT, Wash. – The keyword to tonight’s 8-2 win over Kelowna was “response.”

After a lackluster first period where they led 2-1 but were trailing in shots, the Everett Silvertips came out flying for the second and third to solidify their first place spot in the Western Conference.

“In the first we were very inconsistent,” said Silvertips head coach Dennis Williams. “I wasn’t very happy with our first. I think they out worked us, out competed us, their puck touches were stronger than ours. We were chasing the game although we had a 2-1 lead…. when we evaluate our periods, it’s not so much the score but how we played.”

“You can play a lot of games where you win and don’t play well and vice versa. We didn’t think we played a good first period, they [Kelowna] are well coached, a good hockey club and we know they’d come out looking to get a split but we couldn’t be satisfied with the way we played.”

This time of year calls for big games for top guys and tonight’s game for Patrick Bajkov couldn’t have gotten any bigger. Patrick got his second career hat trick and he tied his personal record of 5 points in a single game to give himself now an outstanding 81 points this season, sixth in league scoring.
Bajkov is now 5 points behind Matthew Phillips for most points in the league, 3rd overall in the league for assists with 54.
Garrett Pilon, an awesome addition to the Tips in these past 3 weeks, has fortified the Silvertips strength among the forward corps. He had another great night with 2 goals and 2 assists.

“He’s [Pilon] a huge part of what we have going on with his skill set, it’s unbelievable,” said Bajkov.

Pilon’s 4 point night set a career high for most points in a game.

The Tips have been incredible since the winter break as they are 13-3-0-1 overall with 27 points and only 2 losses at home in that stretch.
As the season begins to wind down in the final full month, the Tips continue to surge.
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