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KENNEWICK, Wash. – Dominic Zwerger scored a goal, added a pair of assists, and Mario Petit turned in a 22 save effort to help the Everett Silvertips cruise past the Tri-City Americans in a 5-1 victory before 4,793 fans at Toyota Center on Saturday in WHL action.

Leading wire-to-wire, the win helped the Silvertips keep pace behind the Seattle Thunderbirds for first place in the U.S. Division, trailing by one point with two games in hand. Kevin Davis added a goal and an assist from the blueline while Noah Juulsen and Riley Sutter each earned a pair of assists.

The Silvertips move onto the Rose Quarter to visit the Portland Winterhawks on Sunday, 5:05 p.m. at Moda Center (1380 AM / 95.3 FM / Tips App).

Zwerger didn’t take long to dent the scoreboard with his 26th goal of the season, a snap shot after he and Noah Juulsen seized a Tri-City turnover at the neutral zone. Zwerger cruised in for his shot, past Evan Sarthou’s blocker at 2:26.

Mario Petit kept the lead intact with saves on three high grade looks, including a toe save on Parker Wotherspoon’s half open net bid on a Tri-City power play. Then with 3:46 left in the period, Lucas Skrumeda buried his fourth goal of the season on a backhander between the circles, and the Tips cruised to a 2-0 lead at the end of one period.

After a scoreless second period, the Silvertips opened the levee with a trio of third period goals – including two on the power play. Kevin Davis, seeking a backdoor play, deflected his pass off Tri-City traffic from the right circle just a minute into the period for his seventh goal. Tyler Sandhu finished Jordan Topping’s pass to the net at 8:41 to spoil Petit’s shutout bid, but the Silvertips capitalized on Tri-City’s penalty parade late in the game.

On a five-on-three, Patrick Bajkov wired a one-timer, set up by Davis, from the left circle for a 4-1 lead with 1:40 left. Then after Dakota Krebs was issued a five-minute major for a high stick on Eetu Tuulola, a face-off win led to Sean Richards’ power play snipe from the right circle with 25 seconds left to close out the barrage.

Sarthou made 34 saves to take the loss.

 

SILVERTIPS LINE COMBOS

96 / ZWERGER       17 / FONTEYNE      8 / BAJKOV
43 / DEWAR           28 / SKOLESKI       19 / KINDOPP
15 / RICHARDS      14 / SUTTER           82 / TUULOLA
18 / HEIN               33 / KING                 77 / BABYCH

 

DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS
24 / SKRUMEDA             3 / JUULSEN
23 / CHRISTIANSEN       38 / DAVIS
29 / WYLIE                         4 / WALKER

 

GOALTENDERS
31 / PETIT
70 / HART

 

Notes: Silvertips scratches included Aaron Irving, Montana Onyebuchi, Keith Anderson and Orrin Centazzo … the Silvertips improved to 5-2-2 this season against Tri-City – they have one last meeting in the regular season finale, a week from Sunday … Petit won in his first start since Feb. 10 at Brandon … Zwerger’s three point game was the fourth occasion he logged three points in a game or more – he has 17 multi point games this season.

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