By Staci C. – Silvertips Staff Writer
For a team with a depleted line-up that went through the gauntlet of 4 games in 5 nights, this Everett Silvertips team is one that has no quit.
Last night in Kent, Connor Dewar and Luke Ormsby were lost to an injury and suspension, and tonight the team lost Sean Richards after checking to the head penalty.
Still, the Tips made it close, and only a missed shot off the post with 1.8 seconds left separated them from forcing overtime when energy was at a premium.
- YOUTH: This young squad, which included eight players born in 2000 or younger, played the majority of tonight’s game with only 9 forwards and 7 d-men, and the fact that they played a close tight game with a decorated and fast Regina team was remarkable.Head Coach Dennis Williams: “A lot of credit to our guys, I thought we played extremely hard for having only 9 forwards for most of the game, seven D, 3 in 3 and 4 in 5, a lot of teams probably would have packed it in and wrote it off as an excuse but I was really proud of our effort, even right up to the end with a good chance, it was a good 60 minute effort.”
- THE PK NEVER QUITS: The penalty kill continues to be extremely sharp and killed all 7 penalties this evening, including a 5-on-3 and a 5 minute major.
- ON THE BOARD: The power play finally was able to break through with a big goal from Patrick Bajkov from none other than power play quarterback Kevin Davis. It was Bajkov’s 12th goal of the year and Davis’ 20th assist of the year thus far.
- HART-STOPPING MOMENTS: Carter Hart continues to perform as the top goaltender in the Western Hockey League as he stopped a career-high 48 shots tonight. A wizard in net, he has gripped hold of the best save percentage (.944) and goals-against-average (1.44) in the WHL – directing extreme confidence for the Tips with him between the pipes.
To take the Regina Pats down to the wire, given the scheduling and manpower circumstances, was noteworthy. Despite the outcome, the Tips look forward to a pair of deserved days off between games to rest.
After an intense rivalry home and home with Seattle and a game against a very fast Regina team, relaxation is welcomed.
The Tips return to play Wednesday in Tri-City, and at home on Friday vs. Spokane (7:35pm).