By Staci C. – Silvertips Staff Writer
EVERETT, Wash. – Special teams have been the story of the Everett Silvertips for the month of January.
The Silvertips have not allowed a power play goal against since December 27 and have 24 straight penalty kills. Defensive lines were juggled for a few games with the addition of Aaron Irving to see which match-ups would work the best and Mitch Love’s extensive studying of these lines have paid off big time and the Silvertips continue to be a very strong defensive team.
With not allowing a single power play goal in the month of January thus far, the Tips have skyrocketed to the top of the WHL in penalty kill. A big part of the penalty kill, of course, is the goaltending and Carter Hart continues to impress everyone who has the ability to watch him play. With his win tonight, he is now tied in second for most career wins by a Silvertip netminder (hello, Austin Lotz at 72) and he got his 16th career shutout at the same time.
Carter gave a lot of credit to his teammates for the success this evening,.
“There were a lot of perimeter shots and key blocks at the end and a big kill–the kill was pretty huge tonight,” said Hart. “Seattle has a good power play and I thought our kill did a really good job.”
The power play has seemed to go through some rough patches in January, but Everett has played very strong defensive teams like Seattle repeatedly this month and regardless have been able to get it done more often than not.
The Silvertips’ power play is 6th in the Western Hockey League. Centazzo got the lone goal this evening on the power play, and he has been seeing more looks on the power play as of late.
“I’ve been getting more time on the PP and Zwerger was sick today so I was called up,” Centazzo said.
Centazzo’s goal was his fourth of the year and first on the power play, “I just took a shot, closed my eyes, hoped for the best.”
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