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EVERETT SILVERTIPS vs SEATTLE THUNDERBIRDS – XFINITY ARENA

PRESEASON: Friday, September 1, 2017  |  RADIO: None  |  LIVE STATS: whl.ca

TONIGHT’S MATCHUP
The Silvertips continue the preseason schedule in the middle of their Delta Hotels Preseason Classic at XFINITY Arena, hosting the U.S. Division rival Seattle Thunderbirds in the first of three preseason matchups. A total of 30 players currently on the Silvertips preseason roster include 16 players who suited up on last year’s team that captured their fifth U.S. Division championship. Carter Hart (2nd round, Philadelphia) is one of five goaltenders on the Tips preseason roster. Patrick Bajkov returns after leading the Silvertips in scoring last year with 78 points in 71 games. It will also be the first matchup between two new coaches, Dennis Williams (Silvertips) and Matt O’Dette (Thunderbirds).

LAST NIGHT (TC 9 – EVT 4):
Patrick Bajkov scored twice while Jake Chrisitiansen and Riley Sutter each buried a goal, but a four-goal second period and a hat trick each from Nolan Yaremko and Sasha Mutala helped Tri-City speed away, 9-4 in the Tips preseason opener in downtown Everett.

NEXT THREE GAMES

HOME                      VISITOR                DATE             TIME            VENUE

SILVERTIPS Portland 9/3/17 7:00pm XFINITY Arena
Prince George SILVERTIPS 9/9/17 2:00pm Langley Events Centre – Langley, BC *
Vancouver SILVERTIPS 9/10/17 4:00pm Langley Events Centre – Langley, BC *

NOTES ON THE SEATTLE THUNDERBIRDS
Led by head coach Matt O’Dette, replacing Steve Konowalchuk in July … the Thunderbirds are coming off their first WHL title in franchise history … goaltender Carl Stankowski is scheduled to return for his second season, but the Thunderbirds move on without Mathew Barzal, Ethan Bear, Keegan Kolesar, Ryan Gropp, Alexander True, and Scott Eansor – who combined for 371 points last regular season … defenseman Jarret Tyszka was selected by the Montreal Canadiens in the fifth round of this past summer’s NHL Entry Draft … Vancouver defeated Seattle yesterday, 3-1 in the morning game of the tournament.

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