By Staci C. – Silvertips Staff Writer
A tough start for the Everett Silvertips continued Sunday after a 4-3 loss moved their winless streak to four consecutive games. Yet in light of a one-goal defeat, improvement in different areas showed up on Sunday, potentially sparking movement in the right direction.
- Power play: The man advantage struggled in the early stretch but tonight came up in big ways as they were 3 for 6 on the evening. Connor Dewar managed to get two big goals on the power play this evening and Kevin Davis continues to be a power play specialist as he got two assists on the power play. Davis is tied for third in power play assists in the league, and has a tremendous 11-game scoring streak as well.Everett consistently manages to be a team that can draw a lot of penalties due to their speed and their ability to possess the puck, and seems to gain the confidence back on the power play, generating chances with crisp puck movement to open shooting lanes.
- Penalty Kill: Although Austin Strand’s third period goal got through the Tips PK in the third period, the shorthanded unit continues to look sharp and a strong suit for Everett. Though growing with a youth identity, the penalty kill has rescued the Silvertips from numerous shorthanded situations. The penalty kill is currently 5th in the league with 80.8% success.
- Top Lines: The top lines continue to look excellent and do major work for the team. Patrick Bajkov has 15 assists on the season thus far, 5th overall in the league. Matt Fonteyne has 17 points on the season and has points in six straight games. Connor Dewar, enjoying a breakout year offensively, quietly had an eight-game goal drought but shattered it with two goals on Sunday. He needs 7 goals to match last season’s career high (14), which was set in 71 games. Dewar has only played 14 games.
In face-offs, the Tips are operating a little over 50% for the season, but Fonteyne (53%) and Riley Sutter (53%) lead the way in percentage which give the Tips a pair of reliable options at the circle.
With the season still young and providing time adjustments and improvements, there will be lots of points at stake in the future and plenty of opportunities to correct mistakes, starting on Monday which head coach Dennis Williams said “it will be a work day.”
The Tips will close out the month on the road with a quick two game trip, at Kamloops on Friday and into Portland on Sunday. The objective: end the month with two big wins.