By: Staci C. – Silvertips staff writer
1) Toe-to-Toe: Spokane and Everett are two teams that have been very evenly matched the past few seasons and this season is no different. Both teams are quick to get up the ice and quick to make you pay for any mistakes. When two teams with heavy offense match-up against each other, the first course of action is to typically tighten up the defense, which is why often one would see a lower scoring game when one might expect to see an explosion of offense. Everett did a really nice job on limiting the amount of scoring opportunities and keeping Spokane to the perimeter in the offensive zone. Spokane had a flurry of shots in the first half of the first period but we kept to only 10 shots for forty minutes after that.
2) Quick Composition: The start for Everett was shaky at best as they took two quick penalties, resulting in two quick power play goals. No surprise as Spokane has the top power play in the league; they make teams pay more often than not for their mistakes. After Max Palaga was pulled, the team regrouped and were able to look more like themselves. Instead of chasing Spokane, Spokane chased them for the rest of the game and Everett was able to come out of their two-goal hole. Everett wore down Spokane causing them to sit in the box on a few occasions and grabbing an important power play goal.
3) Unsung Heroes: All weekend Everett saw well-deserved players make their way onto the scoresheet. Tonight saw a big power play goal by Wyatt Wylie to begin the Silvertips’ comeback as he was able to roof a puck over Brkin’s head after getting a nice pass from Connor Dewar. It was Wyatt’s fifth goal of the season. The Flyers are watching as their prospect elevates his game on a consistent basis. The tying goal came from Dawson Butt in a very nice individual effort as he carried the puck in the zone, going around 3 Spokane players and getting the puck past Brkin. Dawson has 9 points on the year already, tripling his production from last year at the 21st game mark.