PREVIEW // Silvertips at Thunderbirds (9/11)
EVERETT SILVERTIPS at SEATTLE THUNDERBIRDS – ACCESSO SHOWARE CENTER
- PRESEASON: Tuesday, September 11, 2018
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TONIGHT’S MATCHUP AND SERIES NOTES
Second of three matchups in the preseason between the Silvertips and Seattle Thunderbirds … a renewal of the closest rivalry in the U.S. Division by geography, separation of 45 miles between Everett and Kent, Wash. … the Silvertips were defeated, 5-4 in overtime in the first meeting on Sept. 1 … the Silvertips are 1-1-0-0 on the road in the preseason … Seattle is making their home preseason debut … the Silvertips went 6-2-0-2 last season against the Thunderbirds in the regular season, and defeated Seattle 4-1 in the opening round of the WHL Playoffs.
EVT 4 – VAN 0 (9-9-18): Dustin Wolf earned his second shutout in his second consecutive preseason start, while Gage Goncalves bagged a pair of goals to help lead the Everett Silvertips to a 4-0 victory over the Vancouver Giants in a preseason tournament on Sunday at Langley Events Centre … successfully bouncing back from a defeat on Saturday against the Victoria Royals, the Tips buried three goals in rapid fashion during the first period, including Ronan Seeley’s first to start the scoring … Gianni Fairbrother finished off the scoring in the third period while the defending Western Conference champs improved to 2-1-1-1 for the seven-game preseason schedule.
TOP 5 TIPS TIDBITS
- CAN’T WAIT FOR THE REAL THING: The Silvertips will enter the season as defending Western Conference champions (second time in franchise history) … they won their sixth U.S. Division title in 15 years … they had 99 points last season, third highest in franchise history.
- TORRID TIPS: The Tips won 37 of their final 48 games … they scored a franchise record 246 goals … the Silvertips had 5 games of scoring 8 goals or more in the regular season … for the first time in franchise history, they boasted seven different 20-goal scorers on the roster, led by Connor Dewar (38) … in their 8-4 over Tri-City in Game 3 of the Western Conference Championship series, they set a new franchise playoff record for most goals in one game (8).
- NHL TIES: The Tips have four players currently skating in NHL training camps – defensemen Wyatte Wylie (Philadelphia) and Jake Christiansen (Calgary), and forwards Connor Dewar (Minnesota) and Riley Sutter (Washington).
- EVERETT EARNS MORE HARDWARE: At the WHL Awards in Red Deer on May 2, goaltender Carter Hart became the first Silvertip in franchise history to earn the Four Broncos Memorial Trophy (WHL Player of the Year) and first in league history to earn the Del Wilson Memorial Trophy (WHL Goaltender of the Year) three straight years … Tips general manager Garry Davidson became the first in franchise history to earn the Lloyd Saunders Memorial Trophy (WHL Executive of the Year) … the Tips were nominated as Western Conference Marketing/Business Award recipient, and head coach Dennis Williams was the Western Conference Coach of the Year … Goaltender Carter Hart was WHL Western Conference First Team All-Star and Patrick Bajkov was Western Conference Second Team All-Star.
- TEMPERATURE GAGE: Rookie forward Gage Goncalves was honored as first star in the Silvertips 4-0 win on Sunday at Vancouver … he has three points in the last two games.
DID YOU KNOW?
Both Silvertips Western Conference championships have been clinched on the road, and in sudden death overtime … Jeff Schmidt helped the Silvertips (in their expansion year) defeat the Kelowna Rockets, 4-3 in the 2004 series in a 2-1 overtime win at Prospera Place … Kevin Davis clinched the title this season in Game 6 at Toyota Center, 6-5 in overtime in Game 6 over the Tri-City Americans for a 4-2 series victory on Apr. 30.