By Staci C. – Silvertips Staff Writer
EVERETT, Wash . – The Everett Silvertips lost their second in a row against the Seattle Thunderbirds this season but with both coming in OT or a shootout, the Tips still carry a lead in the season series, 2-0-1-1.
These games are often very fast pace, physical and highly anticipated by the players and fans alike. No matter what the circumstances are, if the teams are coming off a road trip, back-to-back, do or do not have all their players, they both bring it 110% in these games.
Tips coach Kevin Constantine mentioned that he doesn’t believe any of the four match-ups thus far have involved fresh, rested teams.
“It’s been a different feel to the series due to unusual circumstances been in,” said Constantine. “I mean, this is the first time i believe we’ve played them when they’ve had Barzal, Kolesar and Gropp altogether, for example, which is a really, really good line.”
World Juniors caused Carter Hart, Noah Juulsen and Barzal to miss rivalry games. Barzal missed a game due to his NHL call up, and bizarre travel schedules caused them to play each other immediately after tiring and demanding road trips.
Regardless of these circumstances, these games are always close and each team bring a lot to the table including skill, physicality and solid goaltending.
Saturday’s game was particularly special because it was in front of a standing room only sellout crowd–the building was loud and the fans were passionate to see these two teams square off.
It had the very feeling of a playoff hockey game.
Hart agreed that this game was a precursor to an exciting second half between the Tips and the T-Birds.
“It should be a good battle, they’re a good team and it was an all out war tonight,” said Hart.
Matt Fonteyne spoke about the feel of the game as it was local heroes night and a rivalry game.
“This game is always sold out,” said Fonteyne. “It’s always nice to play in, especially playing against Seattle, we always get big crowds and the atmosphere is great–it was kind of like a playoff atmosphere and it’s really fun to play in front of.”
Both teams meet three more times this month—once in Everett and twice in Kent. The games are on January 17, January 20, and January 28. There are six more games in total left in the regular season against these two powerhouses.
This story was not subject to the approval of the WHL or its clubs.