GAME 2: Quotes, Aftermath

By Hailey Robinson – Silvertips staff writer

Forward Garrett Pilon (hat trick) and Coach Dennis Williams discuss the Everett Silvertips game two loss to the Seattle Thunderbirds, 5-4 in OT to even the series 1-1. Pilon had a hat trick, the first in Silvertips playoff history since Carson Stadnyk, Mar. 27, 2015 vs. Spokane.

Head Coach Dennis Williams
RE: General thoughts on the game: “We kind of dug ourselves in some holes, and consistency needs to be just a little bit better. I didn’t think we played a bad hockey game, we had a good penalty kill, a good timely power play goal, and give our guys a lot of credit for competing right to that final buzzer. Had a couple good looks in overtime, and that’s the way it goes.”

“When you look at it, I thought we possessed the puck well. I definitely think there were times where we had shifts where we struggled and they took it to us and that’s what you’re going to get in the playoffs. We always talk about it, you have to be able to manage those swing shifts. When things are going well for them, be able to keep them to the outside and play a good solo defensive game. Definitely something that we have to learn from. We knew it wasn’t going to be an easy series. Were we hoping for a better outcome? Absolutely, but that’s what happens when you play a good hockey club. What an individual effort by their guy on the game winning goal.”

“I thought [the Thunderbirds] came out harder than I thought they did last night. You’d expect that, you know, we talked about that. Now we have to focus on short term memory loss.”

RE: Moving ahead after tonight: “As long as we take pieces of what we learned from it, and do well with that part we did well with tonight and the areas where we need to improve on, that’s all you can ask from the guys, and that’s what we’ll preach on Monday.”

Forward Garrett Pilon

RE: General thoughts on the game: “We need to take the little details we missed out on, look at the goals they scored and where we had our breakdowns and try to limit those. It’s going to have to be a reset mindset. That’s something we’ve said all playoffs. We lose a game, we have to take what went wrong and improve on it the next game. We knew they were going to come out and play stronger than they did in that first game. I thought we matched that for a good amount of the game, but at the same time there were some times where we had some holes.”

RE: Bouncing back: “When you’re down one in a series, any team wants to prove themselves again, they don’t want to go down two-nothing, and I think that’s what they did.”

RE: After the Tips tied the game late in regulation: “Late goals are kind of tough to carry momentum. When you go back in that locker room it’s kind of tough to carry it. If there was any way we could have stayed on the ice there I think we would’ve had that momentum. At the same time, I think it’s tough when you go in the locker room and go back out. It’s anyone’s game. Whoever wants to come out and really take hold of that is going to win.”

RE: On recovering from Game 2: “We just have to look forward. You have to look forward to the next one. This isn’t the end of the series; there’s still lots of games left. That’s what you have to look at. At the same time, there has to be some sort of desperateness to our game when we go down to Kent.”  

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