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EVERETT, Wash. – Kailer Yamamoto scored a goal and added three assists to help the Spokane Chiefs in a wire-to-wire effort, 4-1 over the Everett Silvertips before 3,519 fans at XFINITY Arena on Wednesday in WHL action.

While the Silvertips lost in regulation, their kept a share of the U.S. Division lead after the Kamloops Blazers defeated the Seattle Thunderbirds, 4-3 in overtime in Kamloops. The Silvertips have 10 games remaining and three on home ice to close the regular season in the chase for a U.S. Division banner.

Jaret Anderson-Dolan’s backhander at the front of the net put Spokane up 1-0, a power play goal with 8:43 to go in the first period. The Silvertips were outshot 12-4 in the second period, struggling to maintain a rhythm at five-on-five despite killing two penalties.

Spokane took advantage of extended time in the offensive zone and Anderson-Dolan fed Yamamoto at the base of the right circle, for his 36th goal of the year at 17:20 of the second period.

A frustrating string of penalties continued to stall the Silvertips, along with the loss of assistant coach Mitch Love from the bench for a game misconduct. Keanu Yamamoto buried the five-on-three goal from between the circles at 1:13, but the Silvertips finally answered on their second of back-to-back two-man advantage opportunities.

Matt Fonteyne whipped a shot off Jayden Settler, and Riley Sutter stashed the rebound at the base of the left circle at 13:35 of the third to get the Tips on the board. But after the Tips pulled Hart early for a sixth attacker and earned extended offensive zone time, Riley Woods buried an empty netter with 2:26 left in regulation for the 4-1 edge.

Hart took the loss with 29 saves.

 SILVERTIPS LINE COMBOS

 96 / ZWERGER       17 / FONTEYNE      8 / BAJKOV

43 / DEWAR           28 / SKOLESKI       82 / TUULOLA

15 / RICHARDS      14 / SUTTER           77 / BABYCH

18 / HEIN               33 / KING                        4 / WALKER  

 

DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS

24 / SKRUMEDA             3 / JUULSEN               

23 / CHRISTIANSEN       38 / DAVIS      

29 / WYLIE                         55 / IRVING

 

GOALTENDERS

70 / HART

31 / PETIT

 

Notes: Silvertips scratches included Montana Onyebuchi (game time decision), Keith Anderson, Bryce Kindopp, and Orrin Centazzo … Sutter moved into third for the Silvertips in goal scoring this season … his father Ron, currently director of player development for the Flames, was in attendance.

 

The Silvertips continue the homestand Friday, hosting the Kelowna Rockets at 7:35 p.m. (1380 AM / WHL Live) at XFINITY Arena on Trading Card Night, free to the first 750 fans with doors opening at 6:00 p.m. Ticket packages, including Hockey Happy Hour’s drink and ticket offer for as low as $23, are available at www.everettsilvetips.com/ticketpromos.  

 

Silvertips season ticket or mini-plan packages are available at www.everettsilvertips.com/season or by calling (425) 252-5100.

 

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