RECAP // Tips Torch Blazers, 5-1
by Scott Blumenfeld
January 6, 2019
EVERETT, Wash. – The Silvertips win their 11th straight home game as Max Patterson, Connor Dewar and Wyatte Wylie all record multi-point games, along with a 37-save performance from goaltender Max Palaga, allowed the Everett Silvertips to defeat the visiting Kamloops Blazers, 5-1, before 4,723 at A.O.T.W. Arena on Sunday afternoon.
Everett rookie-forward Conrad Mitchell deposited his first career WHL goal at 9:19 in the second period, assisted by fellow rookie forward Jalen Price and Dewar. The Tips have now earned a win or a point in 18 of the past 19 games (16-1-1-1), sitting atop the Western Conference with 64 points, seven behind the Prince Albert Raiders for most in the WHL.
“I’m proud of the first 40, and more importantly being able to get two of three games this weekend says a lot about our group,” Head Coach Dennis Williams said.
UP NEXT: The Tips hit the road and head north to take on the Kelowna Rockets on Jan. 9 at 7:05 p.m., but return home the following Friday, Jan. 11, to face off against the Tri-City Americans at 7:05 p.m. (1380 AM / 95.3 FM / Tips App / WHL Live).
The Silvertips came out blazing hot, as they scored two goals in the first nine minutes of play. Zack Andrusiak put Everett up 1-0 with a goal at 7:01, deflecting a Christiansen backhand shot from the slot off a fed from Patterson.
The Silvertips scored again at 8:44, which put them up 2-0, as Wylie threw the puck on net from the point after a tape-to-tape pass from rookie blue-liner Ronan Seeley. Patterson also recorded his second assist of the night on the play.
Palaga, a former Kamloops Blazer, was perfect in the opening frame; stopping 15 of 15 shots. The Tips were able to land 16 shots on Blazers goaltender Dylan Garand.
The Silvertips tacked on another three goals on 18 shots in the second, extending their lead to 5-0 after two.
The first penalty of the game, committed by Kamloops’ forward Zane Franklin, came at 6:20 into the second and eventually led to the first power play goal of the game. Dewar potted his 28th goal on the season at 7:51 off a wrister from the far circle off a feed from Wylie from the blue line.
Mitchell recorded his first goal of his WHL career at 9:19 into the second. Price finessed a pass in front of the crease, leaving Mitchell a tap-in goal. Dewar also picked up an assist on the play, giving him a multi-point game.
Defenseman Gianni Fairbrother blasted a rocket from the point past Garand’s left shoulder, almost popping his water bottle off the net at 17:52 in the third. Forward Bryce Kindopp and defenseman Sahvan Khaira were credited assists on the play.
Blazers forward Brodi Stuart cut the Tips lead to 5-1 with a power play goal at 13:48 in third off assists from defenseman Quinn Schmiemann and former Silvertip forward Orrin Centazzo.
Palaga’s counterpart, Garand, finished the game with 33 saves.
- Wyatte Wylie (1G, 1A)
- Max Palaga (37 saves)
- Conrad Mitchell (1G, First WHL goal)
FINAL STATS: Box score
SILVERTIPS LINE COMBOS
20 / ANDRUSIAK 12 / PATTERSON 7 / FASKO-RUDAS
39 / GONCALVES 43 / DEWAR 19 / KINDOPP
17 / BEREZOWSKI 26 / VITELLI 9 / BUTT
22 / GURNEY 28 / MITCHELL 27 / PRICE
24 / FAIRBROTHER 86 / KHAIRA
23 / CHRISTIANSEN 5 / MINULIN
8 / SEELEY 29 / WYLIE
31 / PALAGA
32 / WOLF
NOTES: Silvertips scratches included Olen Zellweger, Ian Walker and Riley Sutter … The Tips have earned a win or a point in 18 of 19 games (16-1-1-1) … Everett entered the weekend ranked #5 in the CHL Top-10 rankings, they have resided in the Top 10 for the last six weeks … The Silvertips 64 points are second most in the WHL and the most in the Western Conference … The Tips have won seven consecutive meetings with Kamloops … Everett has played Kamloops 65 times in franchise history with a record of 40-17-4-4 … The Tips are ending three games in three days … against his former club, Palaga went 2-0 in the regular season with a .946 save percentage.