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EVERETT SILVERTIPS at SEATTLE THUNDERBIRDS – GAME 4, ROUND 2
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TONIGHT’S MATCHUP
Game 4, Second Round of the WHL Playoffs … the series is a best-of-seven and follows a 2-2-1-1-1 format … the Silvertips captured their fifth U.S. Division title in 14 seasons, made the playoffs for their 14th straight year, earned the top seed in the Western Conference with 100 points, and advanced onto the second round for the third straight season … the series is the third playoff matchup between the Silvertips and the Thunderbirds … the Silvertips went 18-12-6-2 this season against teams from the U.S. Division … the Silvertips went 19-9-7-1 on the road this season.

 

ROUND 2: EVERETT vs SEATTLE (Seattle leads, 3-0)                                               COVERAGE

GAME 1: Seattle 3 – Everett 2

GAME 2: Seattle 4 – Everett 3

GAME 3: Seattle 5 – Everett 4 (OT)

GAME 4: at Seattle       | Friday, Apr. 14 – 7:35pm (ShoWare Center)              Fox Sports 1380 / FM 95.3 / Tips App

GAME 5: at EVERETT | Saturday, Apr. 15 – 7:05pm (XFINITY Arena) **                     Fox Sports 1380 / FM 95.3 / Tips App

GAME 6: at Seattle       | Tuesday, Apr. 18 – 7:05pm (ShoWare Center) **      Fox Sports 1380 / FM 95.3 / Tips App

GAME 7: at EVERETT | Wednesday, Apr. 19 – 7:05pm (XFINITY Arena) **     Fox Sports 1380 / FM 95.3 / Tips App

** If necessary

 

SECOND ROUND SERIES IN A NUTSHELL:
GAME 1 (SEA 3 – EVT 2, 4-7-17):
Aaron Irving’s late extra attacker goal was answered by Donovan Neuls’ late rebound marker with less than a minute left in regulation, helping the Seattle Thunderbirds sneak past the Everett Silvertips, 3-2 in Game 1 of the WHL Playoffs second round before 4,588 fans at XFINITY Arena on Friday night. Opening on home ice, the Tips dropped their first game 1 loss since the 2014 opening round, breaking a streak of five straight wins in that situation. Carter Hart earned second star honors with 30 saves, while Eetu Tuulola scored a second period goal.  GAME 2 (SEA 4 – EVT 3, 4-8-17): Eetu Tuulola scored a big goal midway through the third to bring the Silvertips within a goal but were unable to tie it up as the Seattle Thunderbirds beat the Everett Silvertips, 4-3 in Game 2 of the WHL Playoffs second round before 5,129 fans at XFINITY Arena on Saturday night. Bryce Kindopp and Connor Dewar received second and third star honors for their first period goals. GAME 3 (SEA 5 – EVT 4 / OT, 4-11-17): The Everett Silvertips four goal rally in the second period was answered by back-to-back goals by Mathew Barzal, whose Seattle Thunderbirds recovered in overtime, 5-4 to take a 3-0 series lead at ShoWare Center in Game 3 of second round action on Tuesday. Eetu Tuulola helped lead the rally with a two-goal, one-assist output, while Dominic Zwerger tacked on a three point outing as well. The Silvertips originally rallied out of a 3-0 hole with four goals in a span of 7:15.

FIRST ROUND SERIES RECAP: (Silvertips win series, 4-2)
GAME 1 (EVT 4 – VIC 2, 3-24-17): Dominic Zwerger and Patrick Bajkov each bagged three points and Carter Hart turned in a 30 save effort to help guide the Everett Silvertips to a wire-to-wire victory, 4-2 over the Victoria Royals in Game 1 of the first round of the WHL Playoffs on Friday at XFINITY Arena … the Silvertips cruised out to a 4-0 lead by the second period, scoring twice on the power play while Zwerger helped the Tips pull ahead with back to back goals. Kevin Davis logged a goal and an assist. GAME 2 (VIC 4 – EVT 3, 3-25-17): Vladimir Bobylev’s goal with 4:59 to play in regulation broke a tie game and the Victoria Royals escaped the Everett Silvertips, 4-3 in Game 2 of the first round of the WHL Playoffs, tying the series before 4,196 fans at XFINITY Arena in downtown Everett … the Tips got a multi point game each from Dominic Zwerger and Patrick Bajkov, while the Silvertips buried two power play goals. Victoria broke an eight game winless skid dating back to regular season play and cashed in two power play goals as well. GAME 3 (EVT 2 – VIC 0, 3-28-17): Carter Hart made 25 saves for his second career playoff shutout and the Everett Silvertips furnished a pair of power play goals in the second period to take a 2-0 victory over the Victoria Royals in Game 3 of the opening round of the WHL Playoffs, before 4,790 fans at Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre on Tuesday … the Silvertips seized a 2-1 lead in the series and home ice advantage again, leaning on the goals from Patrick Bajkov, a Nanaimo native who posted the sixth multi point game of his playoff career and Eetu Tuulola, who earned his first career WHL playoff goal. GAME 4 (VIC 2 – EVT 1, 3-29-17): Griffin Outhouse got in the way of 30 of 31 shots and the Everett Silvertips third rally fell short in a 2-1 defeat to the Victoria Royals in Game 4 of the WHL Playoffs’ first round, Wednesday at Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre. Patrick Bajkov broke through for the Silvertips on a third period power play while Carter Hart turned in an 18 save effort. The Silvertips outshot Victoria, 31-20 for the game. GAME 5 (EVT 3 – VIC 2 / OT, 3-31-17): Eetu Tuulola scored his first career playoff OT winner at 7:02 to lift the Everett Silvertips to a 3-2 victory in sudden death overtime over the Victoria Royals, and a 3-2 series lead before 3,833 fans at XFINITY Arena on Friday. Tuulola became the first Silvertip since Daniel Iwanski (2009-10) to score an OT winner in a home game, while the Tips earned the opportunity to eliminate Victoria with a win in Game 6. Kevin Davis, Matt Fonteyne, Patrick Bajkov and Dominic Zwerger each collected multi point games. GAME 6 (EVT 3 – VIC 2 / 5OT, 4-2-17): Cal Babych’s breakaway goal ended the longest game in Canadian Hockey League history, 11:36 into the fifth sudden death overtime period, and lifting the Everett Silvertips into the second round with a 3-2, five overtime victory over the Victoria Royals in Game 6 of the first round of WHL Playoff action. The Silvertips won the series, 4-2 and earned victories in the last two games of the series in OT. Carter Hart cemented first star status with 64 saves in 151:36 of work on Sunday, while stopping every shot in the final 114:52 of the game. the Tips improved to 10-6 in their franchise history, in games forcing elimination … Victoria was eliminated for the second straight season in overtime, on home ice.

MORE ON GAME 4

The Silvertips are 8-15 lifetime in Game 4, in their history … the Silvertips last road win in game 4 was a 4-2 victory over Portland in the first round, last season at Moda Center for a four-game sweep … when facing elimination, the Silvertips are 6-13 in 19 lifetime games (4-4 on the road) … the last time the Silvertips won when facing elimination was Mar. 28, first round (game 4) vs. Seattle, 6-1 victory … Kevin Constantine led teams (professional and WHL) have a 15-16 all-time record when facing elimination … at one point, his Houston Aeros won four straight games when facing elimination during the 2009 AHL Playoffs, en route to the Western Conference Final.

HOW THEY FARED: REGULAR SEASON (Silvertips went 4-4-1-1)
The Silvertips went 4-4-1-1 in ten meetings against the Seattle Thunderbirds … the Silvertips ended the regular season 68-56-4-6-8 in the head-to-head series, all-time … Everett won the last meeting at XFINITY Arena, 4-2 on Mar. 4 … the Silvertips earned a point in five of the first six meetings this season and won four of five on home ice … the clubs have faced off twice in the postseason, most recently in 2016 (second round) … Kevin Davis and Riley Sutter lead the Silvertips with nine points in nine meetings … Mathew Barzal led Seattle with 12 points in seven games.

 

Home Record vs. Seattle:                                             46-18-1-2-4 (W-L-T-OTL-SOL)

Road Record @ Seattle:                                              22-38-3-4-3

Last Everett Home Win @ Seattle:                               3/4/17; Everett 4, Seattle 2

Last Everett Home Loss @ Seattle:                              1/14/17; Seattle 4, Everett 3 (OT)

Last Everett Road Win @ Seattle:                                2/6/16; Everett 4, Seattle 1

Last Everett Road Loss @ Seattle:                              3/10/17; Seattle 3, Everett 2

Last Everett Overtime Win vs. Seattle:                          10/25/14; Everett 2, Seattle 1 (OT)

Last Everett Overtime Loss vs. Seattle:                                    1/14/17; Seattle 4, Everett 3 (OT)

Last Everett Shootout Win vs. Seattle:                         11/22/14; Everett 3, Seattle 2 (SO)

Last Everett Shootout Loss vs. Seattle:                                   1/6/17; Seattle 4, Everett 3 (SO)

Most Goals by Everett vs. Seattle:                                8 (2/16/08; Everett 8 vs Seattle 4)

Most Goals, Both Teams:                                             12 (two times: 2/16/08; EVT 8 vs SEA 4; 1/16/09, EVT 7 vs SEA 5)

Total Everett Shutouts vs. Seattle:                               16

Total Seattle Shutouts vs. Everett:                               10

Last Everett Shutout vs. Seattle:                                              1/20/17; EVT 1 vs. SEA 0; Carter Hart – 33 saves

Last Seattle Shutout vs. Everett:                                              3/11/16; SEA 1 vs. EVT 0; Landon Bow – 21 saves

 

MILESTONES THIS SEASON

  • The Silvertips earned the 500th win in their franchise history on Feb. 4 vs. Vancouver
  • Kevin Constantine earned the 300th win in his Silvertips career on Nov. 26 vs. Prince George
  • Patrick Bajkov played in the 200th game of his Silvertips career on Sept. 23 vs. Vancouver
  • Carter Hart played in the 100th game of his Silvertips career on Oct. 11 at Prince George
  • Noah Juulsen played in his 200th game of his Silvertips career and collected his 100th point on Oct. 22 at Victoria
  • Dominic Zwerger played in his 200th WHL game on Oct. 22 at Victoria
  • Matt Fonteyne earned the 100th point in his Silvertips career on Jan. 6 at Seattle
  • Kevin Davis earned the 100th point in his Silvertips and WHL career on Mar. 4 vs Seattle

 

TOP 5 TIPS TIDBITS

  • THE GOLD STANDARD OF CONSISTENCY: The Silvertips clinched the division title and top spot in the Western Conference … it is their 5thS. Division title in 14 seasons … they clinched a playoff berth in a 3-1 win over Kamloops on Feb. 25 … it was the 14th time in 14 seasons they clinched a playoff spot … the Silvertips are the only WHL team to make the postseason every year since they began play in 2003-04 … they have secured home ice advantage, guaranteed through the Conference Finals.
  • YOUTH IS SERVED: Entering tonight’s game, 15 players on the Silvertips roster are 98-born or younger … minus goaltender Carter Hart, they combined for over 650 games of experience this season, averaging to over 53 games played … 99-born Jake Christiansen played in all 72 games this season … 99-born Connor Dewar and rookie defenseman Wyatte Wylie have each missed only one game this season.
  • ON POINT: The Silvertips reached the 40-win plateau for the fifth time in franchise history … they have reached 40 wins in two of the last three seasons … the Silvertips reached 100 points, second best finish in franchise history
  • FIRST THING’S FIRST: The Silvertips scored the first goal of the game in 45 games this season … when scoring first, the Silvertips went 34-4-6-1 this regular season … they scored first in five of six first round games vs Victoria.
  • LEADER BEHIND THE BENCH: Kevin Constantine is the Silvertips all-time leader in coaching wins (326) … he has the sixth best win percentage in league history (the only ones higher: Ryan Huska, Ken Hitchcock, Mike Johnson, Dunc McCallum, and Dave Lowry), among coaches with four full seasons of WHL experience or more.

 

ON THE BOARD

The following Silvertips have collected their first career WHL point this season:

  • Bryce Kindopp (goal) – Sept. 23 at VAN (7-3 win)
  • Brett Kemp (assist) – Sept. 23 at VAN (7-3 win)
  • Wyatte Wylie (assist) – Sept. 30 at POR (3-1 win)
  • Eetu Tuulola (goal) – Oct. 2 at TC (2-3 OT loss)
  • Montana Onyebuchi (assist) – Oct. 11 at PG (4-0 win)
  • Brandson Hein (assist) – Oct. 27 vs. TC (4-2 win)
  • Orrin Centazzo (goal) – Nov. 16 at KAM (1-2 OT loss)
  • Ian Walker (assist) – Dec. 28 vs VAN (4-1 win)

BY THE NUMBERS – THE TIPS RECORD, WHEN THEY SCORE A GOAL:

 

Juulsen: 10-0-2

Onyebuchi: 1-0-0

Bajkov: 21-3-3

Centazzo: 4-0-1

Sutter: 12-2-3

Richards: 5-2-1

Fonteyne: 11-4-4

Hein: 3-1-1

Kindopp: 5-1-0

Christiansen: 3-1-2

Skrumeda: 2-1-1

Skoleski: 10-1-1

King: 2-0-2

Davis: 8-0-0

Dewar: 8-3-3

Irving: 3-0-1

Babych: 2-0-0

Tuulola: 13-2-3

Zwerger: 16-5-2

 

DID YOU KNOW? MAKING HISTORY

Cal Babych’s goal in the fifth overtime of game six, first round at Victoria broke the record for the longest game in CHL history … Babych’s stick was donated for display to the Hockey Hall of Fame … below is a list of where Babych and the Silvertips rank among every North American league (professional and major junior):

LONGEST GAMES IN NORTH AMERICAN HISTORY (NHL, AHL, ECHL, Major Junior)

DATE   OT’S    TIME    WINNER           LOSER                        SCORE            LEAGUE          Goal

3/24/36            6          16:30   Detroit              Montreal (Maroons)      1-0       NHL                 Mud Bruneteau

4/3/33  6          4:46     Toronto                        Boston                         1-0       NHL                 Ken Doraty

5/4/00  5          12:01   Philadelphia     Pittsburgh                    2-1       NHL                 Keith Primeau

4/2/17  5          11:36   Everett            Victoria                       3-2       WHL                 Cal Babych

4/24/08            5          2:58     Philadelphia     Albany                         3-2       AHL                 Ryan Potulny

3/19/99            5          6:31     Hull                  Victoriaville                   3-2       QMJHL             Erich Paroshy

4/24/03            5          0:48     Anaheim          Dallas                           4-3       NHL                 Petr Sykora

4/28/14            4          17:18   Idaho               Colorado                      3-2       ECHL               David deKastrozza
 

THE SILVERTIPS IN PLAYOFF SUDDEN DEATH OVERTIME (Silvertips are 14-13 lifetime)

DATE               OPPONENT     SITE                ROUND/GM      TIME                SCORE                        GOAL

3/19/04                        Spokane          Everett             1/1                   1:07                 W, 2-1              Barry Horman

3/23/04                        Spokane          Spokane          1/3                   2:26                 W, 5-4              Zach Hamill

4/24/04                        Kelowna           Kelowna           3/5                   5:50                 W, 1-0              Bryan Nathe

4/26/04                        Kelowna           Everett             3/6                   2:44                 W, 2-1              John Dahl

4/27/04                        Kelowna           Kelowna           3/7                   7:56                 W, 2-1              Jeff Schmidt

3/30/05                        Portland           Everett             1/4                   9:47                 W, 3-2              Zach Hamill

4/2/05              Portland           Portland           1/6                   1:04                 L, 2-3               Darrell May

4/11/05                        Kootenay         Everett             2/3                   13:35               L, 2-3               Adam Taylor

4/12/05                        Kootenay         Everett             2/4                   18:24               L, 3-4               Nigel Dawes

3/28/06                        Tri-City              Tri-City              1/3                   3:15                 W, 2-1              Torrie Wheat

4/14/06                        Kelowna           Kelowna           2/5                   7:50 (2OT)       L, 2-3               Troy Bodie

3/24/07                        Spokane          Everett            1/2                   7:06                 W, 3-2              Zach Hamill

4/7/07              Prince George  Everett             2/2                   2:28                 W, 3-2              Jesse Smyke

4/11/07                        Prince George  Prince George  2/4                   5:18                 L, 3-4               Nick Drazenovic

3/28/08                        Spokane          Everett             1/4                   12:21               L, 2-3               Mitch Wahl

3/20/09                        Tri-City              Tri-City              1/1                   11:13               L, 5-6               Justin Feser

3/19/10                        Kelowna           Everett             1/1                   5:18                 W, 5-4              Daniel Iwanski

3/24/10                        Kelowna           Kelowna           1/4                   0:46 (2OT)       L, 4-5               Georgie Wudrick

3/28/12                        Tri-City              Everett             1/4                   18:53               L, 3-4               Zachary Yuen

3/25/14                        Seattle             Seattle             1/3                   3:47                 L, 3-4               Justin Hickman

4/1/15              Spokane          Spokane          1/3                   2:07 (2OT)       W, 2-1              Jake Mykitiuk

4/4/15              Spokane          Everett             1/5                   15:25               L, 3-4               Riley Whittingham

4/7/15              Spokane          Spokane          1/6                   3:43 (3OT)       W, 2-1              Brayden Low

4/11/15                        Portland           Everett             2/2                   0:29 (2OT)       L, 3-4               Oliver Bjorkstrand

4/17/15                        Portland           Portland           2/4                   5:40                 L, 1-2               Blake Heinrich

3/31/17                        Victoria             Everett             1/5                   7:02                 W, 3-2              Eetu Tuulola

4/2/17              Victoria             Victoria             1/6                   11:36 (5OT)*    W, 3-2              Cal Babych

* CHL record

 

HART HAULS HONORS

Goaltender Carter Hart – CHL Goaltender of the Year, first goaltender selected in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft … was named to the CHL/NHL Prospects Game in 2015-16 in Vancouver (Team Orr) … two-time Silvertips MVP… he is coming off CHL Goaltender of the Week honors (twice this season), the WHL Goaltender of the Month … he is 85-39-7-10 with 19 shutouts in 148 career WHL regular season appearanceshe is seven shutouts shy of the WHL all-time shutout record (26), held by Tyson Sexsmith … Hart was named WHL Goaltender of the Year nominee in the Western Conference and a WHL First Team All-Star.

 

CARTER HART, AMONG THE SILVERTIPS LEADERS:

WINS (CAREER)                                                                      SHUTOUTS (CAREER)

RANK PLAYER YRS WINS RANK PLAYER YEAR SO
1 Leland Irving 03-08 107 1 Leland Irving 03-08 21
2 Carter Hart 13-17 86 2 Carter Hart 13-17 19
3 Austin Lotz 11-15 72 3 Michael Wall 03-05 12
4 Kent Simpson 07-12 71 4 Austin Lotz 11-15 10
5 Michael Wall 03-05 35 5 Kent Simpson 07-12 6
Thomas Heemskerk 08-10 6

 

THE KEVIN CONSTANTINE FILE

Kevin Constantine is in his eighth season overall as head coach of the Silvertips, ranking as the club’s all-time leader in wins (326) and posting a record of 326-182-67 in his Everett career. All five of the Silvertips’ division titles have been achieved with Constantine as head coach, and this season led the Tips to their second best record in franchise history. He was the recipient of the Dunc McCallum Trophy (WHL Coach of the Year) in 2003-04, when the Silvertips broke nearly every WHL expansion record and became the first expansion team in WHL history to win a division title. Constantine has coached in the NHL over the course of seven seasons with San Jose, Pittsburgh and New Jersey, helping guide all three clubs to an appearance in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

 

ATTENTION TO DETAIL 

The Silvertips roster, categorized by birth year and hometown: (*omitted from playoff roster)

 

BIRTH YEAR

96: Skrumeda, Irving, Zwerger

97: Bajkov, Fonteyne, Skoleski, Juulsen, Davis, Petit, Babych, Anderson

98: Hart, Richards, Tuulola, Hein

99: Sutter, King, Dewar, Christiansen, Wylie, Kindopp

00: Centazzo, Walker, Onyebuchi, Butt, Fairbrother

01: Browne, Liwiski

 

HOMETOWN

CANADA

BC: Bajkov, Juulsen, Christiansen, Davis, Walker, Babych, Fairbrother

AB: Sutter, Fonteyne, Centazzo*, Richards, Kindopp, Irving, Hart, Browne

MB: Hein, Skoleski, Dewar, Onyebuchi, Skrumeda, Petit, Liwiski

 

UNITED STATES

CO: King

WA: Wylie, Butt

OR: Anderson

 

FINLAND

Tuulola

 

AUSTRIA

Zwerger

 

 

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