KENT, Wash. – Riley Sutter’s third period goal forced overtime for the second straight game but the Everett Silvertips settled for a 3-2 shootout defeat to the Seattle Thunderbirds at ShoWare Center on Friday.
Sutter and Lucas Skrumeda buried power play goals for Everett, while goaltender Lasse Petersen turned in a 21 save effort, countered by Carl Stankowski’s 29 saves.
Sami Moilanen’s first of two goals put Seattle ahead, 1-0 at 2:08 of the first period on a quick set-up by Elijah Brown, capitalizing on a defensive zone turnover.
The Silvertips power play, accounting for both of their goals, turned a 1-1 tie on Skrumeda’s five-on-three marker, set up at center point from Patrick Bajkov and Matt Fonteyne at the 3:30 mark of the second period. Moilanen restored the Thunderbirds lead at 2-1 at 15:52 on a rebound power play goal.
Everett’s man advantage was handed another opportunity in the third period and Sutter cashed in, stationed at the left point. He took a relay from Skrumeda and Devon Skoleski and hammered a one-timer through traffic, eluding Stankowski’s five hole at 8:26 for a 2-2 tie.
The Silvertips earned a golden opportunity to win it in overtime at four-on-three, but fell short while Stankowski stopped all three Silvertips shooters in the shootout. Alexander True put Seattle on the board in the second round, and Stankowski foiled Brett Kemp’s forehand bid to close the game.
SILVERTIPS LINE COMBOS
15 / RICHARDS 28 / SKOLESKI 19 / KINDOPP
13 / MUCKA 17 / FONTEYNE 8 / BAJKOV
18 / HEIN 14 / SUTTER 33 / KING
22 / MILLAR 47 / KEMP 44 / GERTH
24 / SKRUMEDA 29 / WYLIE
23 / CHRISTIANSEN 4 / WALKER
48 / FAIRBROTHER 5 / ONYEBUCHI
35 / PETERSEN
31 / PETIT
NOTES: Silvertips scratches included Noah Juulsen, Mackenzie Dwyer, Dawson Butt, Carter Brown, Orrin Centazzo, Kevin Davis, Connor Dewar, Eetu Tuulola and Carter Hart … Spencer Gerth made his preseason debut … the Silvertips outshot Seattle, 29-23 in the game.
The Silvertips close the preseason in downtown Everett on Saturday night, hosting the Thunderbirds at XFINITY Arena starting at 7:05 p.m.
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.