KENNEWICK, Wash. – Brian King’s pair of third period goals and Devon Skoleski’s snipe in the sixth round delivered the Everett Silvertips with a 5-4 comeback shootout victory over the Portland Winterhawks in a preseason tournament Thursday hosted by the Tri-City Americans at Toyota Center.
Overager Graham Millar dropped three assists, Connor Dewar and Eetu Tuulola cashed in a goal each and goaltender Mario Petit recovered from a 3-0 deficit in the first eight minutes to post 30 saves and five saves on six shots in the shootout. The Silvertips earned their second preseason win, moving their record in exhibition play to 2-2-1-0.
Bronson Sharp went five-hole on Petit at 3:55 and Ty Kolle stashed a backhander on a puck in traffic to put Portland ahead at 7:03 for a 2-0 edge, followed by Sharp’s second goal of the game 31 seconds later for a three goal lead.
The Silvertips began their recovery with Dewar’s third of the preseason, a deflection at the net off Kyle Walker’s shot with 2:43 remaining in the first period for a two goal deficit. Petit made a point-blank stop on Evan Weinger, who cruised to the net at top speed to keep the Silvertips within a pair of goals, but Weinger eventually cashed in on a rebound shortly after a power play expired at 12:24 of the second period, restoring Portland’s lead a three goal cushion.
Tuulola brought the Silvertips back to a 4-2 deficit with 2:02 to play on a one timer from the bottom of left circle that went top shelf, his second goal of the preseason, set up by a Matt Fonteyne feed behind the Portland net on a power play.
Everett carried momentum and took it further into the third period with back-to-back goals by King, first on a stuff at the post at 17:58 to cut the deficit to 4-3. King then finished a Dawson Butt feed with 4:27 to play in regulation, leveling the game at 4-4.
After a scoreless overtime, Skyler McKenzie converted on Portland’s first shootout attempt and rookie Orrin Centazzo deked through Michael Bullion to keep the game alive in the third round. Devon Skoleski put the Silvertips ahead in the sixth round, and Petit closed up the game with a stop on Sharp.
Bullion registered 26 saves in the shootout loss.
SILVERTIPS LINE COMBOS
82 / TUULOLA 17 / FONTEYNE 8 / BAJKOV
15 / RICHARDS 43 / DEWAR 13 / MUCKA
22 / MILLAR 28 / SKOLESKI 33 / KING
11 / CENTAZZO 9 / BUTT 14 / SUTTER
20 / K. WALKER 29 / WYLIE
38 / DAVIS 4 / I. WALKER
48 / FAIRBROTHER 10 / BROWN
31 / PETIT
35 / PETERSEN
NOTES: Silvertips scratches included Carter Hart, Noah Juulsen, Montana Onyebuchi, Mackenzie Dwyer, Bryce Kindopp, Brandson Hein, Jake Christiansen, Lucas Skrumeda, Spencer Gerth, and Brett Kemp … Portland outshot the Silvertips, 34-30 … the game was originally scheduled for 3:00 p.m. and moved back one hour.
With two games remaining on the preseason schedule, the Silvertips will take the weekend off and return Friday, Sept. 16 to open a home-and-home series with the Seattle Thunderbirds, starting at 7:35 p.m. at ShoWare Center.
2016-17 SCHEDULE, TICKET INFORMATION
The Silvertips will open the 2016-17 schedule with a “home-and-home” series against the Vancouver Giants, launching Friday, Sept. 23 in Langley, B.C. at 7:30 p.m. followed by the Silvertips home opener against the Giants, Saturday night at 7:05 p.m. at XFINITY Arena. Priority seating and guaranteed home opener tickets in downtown Everett are now available by placing a $50 deposit for Silvertips season ticket or mini-plan packages at www.everettsilvertips.com/season or by calling (425) 252-5100.