TIPS WIN: Follow The Leader!
EVERETT, Wash. – Matt Fonteyne, reigning WHL Player of the Week, had a power play goal to snap a tie early in the second period and the Everett Silvertips never trailed, defeating the Seattle Thunderbirds, 3-1 before a sellout crowd of 8,164 at Angel of the Winds Arena in downtown Everett on Friday in WHL action.
The Silvertips extended their lead to four points for first place in the U.S. Division, paired with Kamloops 5-2 victory over Portland earlier tonight. Their win streak reached eight games and they evened the series up with Seattle, 2-2-0-0 in the 10-game regular season set. Connor Dewar had a third period goal to put the game away and Bryce Kindopp, filling in on top line duty, opened the scoring.
UP NEXT: The Tips visit Kent, Wash. tomorrow night against the host Seattle Thunderbirds at 7:05 p.m. (1380 AM & 95.3 / Tips App / WHL Live). The Tips come back home Sunday, hosting the Spokane Chiefs at 4:05 p.m. at downtown Everett’s Angel of the Winds Arena. Tickets are on sale at www.everettsilvertips.com/ticketcentral.
Kindopp put the Tips up 1-0 at 9:25 when he finished Matt Fonteyne’s tape-to-tape feed from the right circle, originally set up by Patrick Bajkov when the Silvertips gained entry in the Seattle zone.
Fonteyne finished the game with a goal and an assist, the 40th multi point game of his career and 24th point in the last nine games.
Austin Strand answered with his 16th goal of the season on the power play, 10:50 of the first period on a screen shot from the right point for a 1-1 tie. But Carter Hart proved he was true to form and made an impressive pad save on the stick side to deny Nolan Volcan in the first period, providing balance into a second period where the Tips outshot Seattle, 15-6.
On a power play which carried over into the second, Matt Fonteyne corralled a cross-ice pass by Kevin Davis at the left circle and unleashed a wrist shot for his career high 29th goal of the season, glove side on Liam Hughes, to put the Tips up by a goal just 34 seconds in.
Connor Dewar then capitalized off a giveaway inside of the Silvertips blueline and turned Austin Strand around for a two-on-one opportunity. Dewar created traffic by dragging the puck to the inside of the left and uncorked his 23rd goal of the season past Hughes for a 3-1 edge with 10:20 left in regulation.
Hart closed out the Thunderbirds for a 20-save effort, moving to four wins shy of Leland Irving’s all-time Silvertips win record.
SILVERTIPS LINE COMBOS
19 / KINDOPP 17 / FONTEYNE 8 / BAJKOV
43 / DEWAR 14 / SUTTER 41/ PILON
7 / FASKO-RUDAS 26 / VITELLI 16 / ORMSBY
44 / GERTH 10 / O’ROURKEÂ 9 / BUTT
23 / CHRISTIANSEN 38 / DAVIS
42 / VALA 29 / WYLIE
20 / K. WALKER 4 / I.WALKER
32 / WOLF
70 / HART
Notes: Silvertips scratches included Gianni Fairbrother (injury, week to week), Akash Bains (injury, week-to-week), Jameson Murray (healthy), Bronson Sharp (healthy) and Sean Richards (suspension, two games) Bajkov’s assist on Kindopp’s goal moved him within two points of Zach Hamill’s all-time Silvertips points record. the Silvertips earned their 70th win, all-time against the Thunderbirds.