RECAP » Gutting It Out
By Staci C. – Silvertips staff writer
EVERETT, Wash. – Ty Smith collected a pair of assists to help the Spokane Chiefs score five unanswered goals, defeating the Everett Silvertips 5-2 before 6,087 fans in downtown Everett on Sunday in WHL action.
Sean Richards and Bryce Kindopp tacked on goals for the Silvertips, who lost for the first time in regulation in 12 games. The Tips, playing seven games in ten days, went 5-1-0-1 in the span.
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The first period saw lots of fast paced, 200 foot hockey. Both teams got excellent chances but goaltending was sharp for the two division rivals. Halfway through the first, Everett gained the edge in possession and shots and at 16:26, Bryce Kindopp broke the scoreless tie with a wrister past Donovan Buskey to make it 1-0 Tips with assists going to Kyle Walker and Ian Walker.
The second period came had Spokane score 3 goals in 7 shots to take the lead. Riley Woods tied the game at 7:42 for Spokane from the right circle. At 13:44 Riley McKay buried a rebound to give Spokane the lead. After that, Kailer Yamamoto scored the game winner on a snap shot at the left circle to make it 3-1 at 15:59.
The third period allowed Spokane to take a commanding lead over the Tips as Filip Kral scored the insurance goal at 1:34 and Matt Leduc sealed a wrister from between the circles at 15:34 to make it 5-1.
Sean Richards got his 20th goal of the season to make it 5-2, burying a wrist shot off the rush with 3:31 left in regulation.
Dustin Wolf’s counterpart, Donovan Buskey, made 29 saves.
SILVERTIPS LINE COMBOS
15 / RICHARDS 17 / FONTEYNE 8 / BAJKOV
43 / DEWAR 14 / SUTTER 41 / PILON
7 / FASKO-RUDAS 26 / VITELLI 19 / KINDOPP
47 / SHARP 10 / O’ROURKE 44 / GERTH
23 / CHRISTIANSEN 38 / DAVIS
42 / VALA 29 / WYLIE
20 / K. WALKER 4 / I. WALKER
32 / WOLF
Notes: Silvertips scratches included Gianni Fairbrother, Luke Ormsby, Akash Bains, Jameson Murray, and Dawson Butt …the Tips finished the season series 6-3-1-0 against Spokane … Portland and Kelowna did not play, and the Tips maintained their first place leads in the U.S. Division (9 points) and the Western Conference (5 points).