AFTERMATH / The Positives, Game 2
By Staci C. – Silvertips staff writer
EVERETT, Wash. – Although the Silvertips did not get the outcome that they wanted this evening, many shifts delivered improvements from game 1 at XFINITY Arena, as the Tips aim to recover from a 2-0 series deficit:
- Forecheck: Everett came out to be much more aggressive in Game 2, giving opportunities to get the puck around and on net. The first period saw cleaner zone entries and extended time in the offensive zone. Although Seattle struck first, Everett was able to recuperate quickly and get one back the very next shift.
- Physicality: The boys were able to throw their bodies around a lot more in game 2, which generated more turned over pucks and scoring opportunities. The boys in green were skating much faster, able to skate and to make big plays happen, specifically Connor Dewar’s unassisted goal where he made a clean break and went in all alone for a backhander under the crossbar.
- Playing the game: Head coach Kevin Constantine said it all in the postgame interview about the boys. Everett is the fourth youngest team in the league.
“I just think that we were a little bit nervous in the first period last night,” said Constantine. “I don’t think we were intimidated; I just think we were nervous about the magnitude of the game. If you look at the shots in the Victoria game in game one of the playoffs, we got outshot by about 10 and then we got outshot in game one so our game ones – I think we’ve been a little nervous. Once we start playing, we’re a little better in the third period of game one and we played the game tonight instead of worrying about the game; we played the game which is a better way to approach the whole thing. It’s just a matter of playing the game – you gotta go play. Sometimes you stand back and watch a little, sometimes the magnitude of what you’re doing freezes you up a little bit, and you’ve got to play the game.”
- Honorable mentions: The first two penalty kills were perhaps the best that we’ve seen in the playoffs. Everett denied clean entries and were able to easily clear multiple times. It was great to see Connor Dewar and Bryce Kindopp come up big and get big momentum in the first period, as the first period was such a struggle last night. The boys did not sit back after they scored the goals, they built off of those and continued to get pucks on net. The game was overall very well played, aside from the two-minute breakdown in the second period.
Game 3 is Tuesday, 7:05 p.m. in Kent, Wash. as the Tips aim for a win, which would force a return of the series to downtown Everett.
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