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AFTERMATH / Three Stars, Explained

By Staci C. – Silvertips staff writer

By earning a 4-1 victory over the Portland Winterhawks, the Everett Silvertips extended their first place lead to three points in the U.S. Division and reduced their magic number to two points for a playoff berth. Here’s a look at the selected three stars:

1. Dominic Zwerger: Dominic had a fantastic game this evening, getting a goal and three assists, proving once again that his place is on the top line. His line came out swinging in the first period to score a key goal in the first 77 seconds of the game, and his pass that hit Fonteyne’s tape set up an extremely clean goal for Bajkov. Dominic’s goal later in the first ended up being the game winner and his celebration is one for the ages, as they tend to be. When asked about his celebrations, Dominic explained, “it’s just excitement, I think. I don’t really practice celebrations, they just happen, and that happened to be the one.” Dominic got two more assists after his goal, giving him four points and contribution on each goal. The Silvertips are 13-5-2 when he scores a goal and he has an astounding 35 points in 28 games.

2. Patrick Bajkov: Patrick, once again, continues to be an offensive powerhouse for the Everett Silvertips with a three point night. He set the tone with a big goal to kick things off. Patrick set up the play for the game winner with a nice pass to Riley Sutter who got it off to Zwerger. He continues to make very special plays to consistently contribute to the Tips and is proving himself to be a natural leader on the team. In the third, he drove the play again to set up Zwerger with the pass and Captain Juulsen got the tap in for a strong win. Patrick has 23 points in 23 games and the Tips are 16-3-2 when he scores.

3. Carter Hart: Carter may have been voted third star of the game but as head coach Kevin Constantine stated, “I think he was very good. He was, to me, our best player. That’s a little more scoring chances and shots than we’d like but I think he was pretty great. I think we got a couple of fortunate bounces in the second period but nonetheless he was sharp.” Hart was on his game all night, even during the moments when the was a top-flight penalty killer on the ice during Portland’s six power plays. “No matter what goalie you have, all 22 guys need to be flying, all 22 guys binding and ready to go no matter what,” Hart said, impressed by how all the lines were rolling and clicking in front of him. With 42 saves, Hart continues to be impressive with the top goals against average (1.93) in the league and second highest save percentage (0.929).

This story was not subject to approval by the WHL or its member clubs.

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