By Staci C. – Silvertips Staff Writer
Three takeaways from the Tips 2-1 OT loss against Spokane, staying in first place in the Western Conference:
1) Starts: On Friday night the Tips were flat to start the first period. Two quick penalties to begin the game caused inconsistencies in the lines and had trouble with gaining momentum against this very hot Spokane club. The first ten minutes was very much The Carter Hart show as Spokane threw everything they could at him. Thankfully, Hart is extremely good at what he does, otherwise, Everett could have easily been down 2 orh 3 goals in those first 10 minutes. Garett Pilon’s goal took place very shortly after the less than ideal first half of the first and things seemed to settle down a bit for the Everett club.
2) Second period: The Tips’ best period is consistently the second period almost every single game. Although they could not get anything past Weatherill in the second, they threw everything they could at him and gained the shot lead on Spokane rather quickly. There were quite a few breakaways and grade A opportunities by Everett in the second, but they ran into an extremely hot goaltender; which is how most teams feel about Carter Hart night after night.
3) Crash that net: Everett threw 39 shots at Dawson Weatherill tonight, and there were a lot of great chances, but there were also a lot of shots that went straight into his belly or that he was able to read and track pretty easily. Jaret Anderson-Dolan got that late goal against Hart because there was absolute chaos in front of the net and that is exactly what Everett needs to be doing. Create chaos in front of goaltenders and no matter how good they are, a puck is more likely to go in.
Everett has the chance to seek revenge for this loss on Sunday when they travel to Spokane to battle the Chiefs in their barn.