AFTERMATH: Still Picking Up Wins, Points, Learning Moments
By Staci C. – Silvertips Staff Writer
For the weekend: four points out of six.
For the stretch: ten days, seven games, and just one regulation loss.
Here’s how it all ended for the weekend.
With the Tips winning on Saturday in Kent, Everett now has back to back wins at the ShoWare Center.
“I think it’s really big for us that we can find these wins,” said Garrett Pilon.
He had the game winner in the third period.
Despite trailing for the first half of the game, Everett controlled possession, chances and shots throughout the game and stirred up a lot of frustration
Seattle went on the penalty kill several times on Saturday.
“I told Mitch after the first period: we’re down one nothing and it feels like it should be the other way by a couple goals,” said Tips head coach Dennis Williams. “That’s how the game goes sometimes. We really liked the response from [Friday in Vancouver]. They came out and played a good, sound, disciplined road hockey game. In the offensive zone we had a lot of creativity, great looks and great opportunities.”
Pilon has been huge for the squad since he was traded to Everett at the deadline and has contributed in a big way to give the team a lot of offensive depth.
“It was just a reaction,” Pilon said on his game winner. “I was reading what kind of space that I had and just pulled over to my backhand. There wasn’t a plan, it was just panic, keep the puck on my stick and get it to the net.”
Pilon was impressed by the response that the team had after playing a tough game last night.
“We played closer to a full 60, even when we didn’t have full offensive zone time. We played good defense and we controlled all the play down low. We didn’t really execute against Vancouver so it was nice coming down here and skate and have lots of puck control.”
Sunday was a tough loss to Spokane, arguably one of the hottest teams in the league at the moment with nine wins in the last 11 games.
The Tips had a solid first period – even playing in their seventh game in ten days – and in an uncharacteristic turn of events, dropped off in the second period which is typically their best period.
Spokane is highly skilled and seemed to capitalize on every little mistake that Everett made.
“I thought we came out strong and had a good game, had some good opportunities, obviously we needed to score more than one goal,” said Williams. “Spokane in the second period elevated their game and they haven’t lost a lot of games in the past 6 weeks. It was humbling, we’ve got to learn from it.”
“We had a good start and first period but after that they stepped up and we didn’t,” said Tips captain Matt Fonteyne. “Props to [Spokane] – they had a lot of travel today, played hard and well. We took our foot off the gas and they are a good team; they are going to beat you every time when you’re not playing at your best. Moving forward we need to focus on the things that we can control and work hard shift after shift.”
Over the past few weeks, the Tips have been playing a lot of weekends of 3-in-3 hockey and they get a well deserved back from games until this Friday where they do another 3-in-3.
Everett won the regular season series against Spokane with 6-3-1-0.