EVERETT, Wash. – Mario Petit and Dorrin Luding (making his WHL debut) combined for a 23-save shutout while Devon Skoleski and Bradly Goethals each earned multi point games to help the first place Everett Silvertips cruise past the Spokane Chiefs in a 5-0 victory at XFINITY Arena on Wednesday in WHL action.
Managing the absence of Carter Hart, Noah Juulsen (the former returning tomorrow from the World Juniors), Lucas Skrumeda and Aaron Irving, the Silvertips strung efforts of 11 players who registered a point on the scoresheet and earned their 18th win this season in downtown Everett, leading the WHL in home wins.
The Silvertips improved to 3-1-1 over Spokane this season.
After a scoreless tie, Brandson Hein bagged his first career WHL goal on a snapper from the left circle at the 2:40 mark, celebrating with a leap into the glass for a 1-0 lead. Connor Dewar seared a wrister through traffic and Spokane goaltender Dawson Weatherill’s five-hole after an offensive zone face-off win for a 2-0 lead at 11:57.
Skoleski essentially delivered the dagger with a shorthanded breakaway goal, cleaning up his own rebound at 5:29 of the third period and Jake Christiansen padded the lead to 4-0 on a power play wrister from the left point at 8:55.
Eetu Tuulola set up Riley Sutter between the circles for a 5-0 lead at 12:36, when Petit (18 saves) gracefully exited the net to give Luding – padding his resume of nine games this season with the West Valley Hawks (BCMML) – his first taste of WHL action.
Luding turned away five saves, including a pair on a Spokane power play to close out the victory.
SILVERTIPS LINE COMBOS
96 / ZWERGER 17 / FONTEYNE 8 / BAJKOV
15 / RICHARDS 28 / SKOLESKI 19 / KINDOPP
43 / DEWAR 14 / SUTTER 82 / TUULOLA
18 / HEIN 12 / GOETHALS 11 / CENTAZZO
23 / CHRISTIANSEN 38 / DAVIS
29 / WYLIE 4 / WALKER
48 / FAIRBROTHER 5 / ONYEBUCHI
31 / PETIT
35 / LUDING
Notes: Silvertips scratches included Carter Hart, Noah Juulsen, Lucas Skrumeda, Aaron Irving, and Brian King … Grammy Award winner and recording artist Wanz performed the national anthem before the game … Kevin Davis had an assist to extend his scoring streak to 13 straight games (longest currently in the WHL) … Petit improved to 5-2-2 over his last 9 appearances.
The Silvertips return to play Friday at Kamloops, starting at 7:00 p.m. (1380 AM / 95.3 FM / Tips App).
Silvertips season ticket or mini-plan packages are available at www.everettsilvertips.com/season or by calling (425) 252-5100.
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