EVERETT, Wash. – The Spokane Chiefs needed only a pair of goals in the first two rounds to sneak past the Everett Silvertips, 4-3 in a shootout, ending the Silvertips nine-game winning streak before 2,901 fans at Spokane Arena on Wednesday in WHL action.
The Tips, by forcing overtime, actually extended a streak of going unbeaten in regulation to 10-0-2 and scored three times on the power play. Connor Dewar, Max Patterson, and Bryce Kindopp scored goals for the Silvertips, while Wolf helped force the shootout with 32 saves.
UP NEXT: The Silvertips take on the Vancouver Giants on Friday, Dec. 14 at 7:35 p.m.,in a battle between both first place teams in the Western Conference. The Western Conference-leading Silvertips return home for Teddy Bear Toss on Saturday, Dec. 15 against the Seattle Thunderbirds at 7:05 p.m. (1380 AM / 95.3 FM / Tips App / WHL Live) in downtown Everett. Tickets remain on sale at www.everettsilvertips.com/teddybeartoss.
Connor Dewar blasted his 24th goal of the season, picking a drop pass by Riley Sutter, from the right circle for a power play goal at 3:50 for a 1-0 lead. The Tips fell into penalty trouble late in the period, and Luc Smith’s snap shot from between the circles tied the game with 10.6 left in the period.
Max Patterson batted in a rebound after Bailey Brkin fumbled Sahvan Khaira’s point shot at 5:23 of the second period, and Luke Toporowski and Adam Beckman scored 56 seconds apart to put the Chiefs up, 3-2 by the 9:24 mark. Toporowski stashed a forehand bid through traffic and Beckman deflected Tyson Feist’s point shot past Wolf.
The Tips battled back to tie the game at 3-3 on Bryce Kindopp’s 14th goal of the season through traffic at 14:02. Both teams played through a scoreless third period, with Reece Vitelli nearly tucking in a loose puck that laid flat on the goal line and was covered up by Brkin at the last moment before Vitelli fought off a checker.
In overtime, the Tips got two high-grade chances by Wylie, cruising to the net from the left circle while Wolf made a highlight reel, blocker save on Luc Smith to keep the game alive.
Nolan Reid and Jake McGrew scored each in the first two rounds on snap shots, and Brkin denied Connor Dewar’s forehand deke to close the game.
- Luke Toporowski (goal)
- Connor Dewar (1g-1a)
- Noah King (two shots)
FINAL STATS: Box score
SILVERTIPS LINE COMBOS
43 / DEWAR 14 / SUTTER 17 / BEREZOWSKI
39 / GONCALVES 12 / PATTERSON 9 / BUTT
10 / BAINS 25 / VITELLI 19 / KINDOPP
27 / PRICE 28 / MITCHELL
29 / WYLIE 5 / MINULIN
23 / CHRISTIANSEN 86 / KHAIRA
8 / SEELEY 4 / WALKER
24 / FAIRBROTHER
32 / WOLF
31 / PALAGA
NOTES: Silvertips scratches include Martin Fasko-Rudas, Sean Richards and Bronson Sharp… The Tips are currently ranked #5 in the CHL Top-10 rankings … The Tips have won or gained points in 17 of the past 19 games … Everett is 20-0-0-1 when they score the first goal of the game this season … The Tips are 65-56-10 in the all-time series and 4-0-2 this season against the Chiefs.
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