TIPS WIN: Riding High!
EVERETT, Wash. – Riley Sutter had a goal and added an assist while Carter Hart turned in 23 saves as the Everett Silvertips led wire to wire in a 4-1 victory over the Swift Current Broncos before 4,089 fans in downtown Everett on Sunday.
The Silvertips won their seventh game in a row to keep their hold on first place in the U.S. Division, 13-2 in the last 15 homes games. They also won their sixth in a row over Swift Current, now 11-4 in the all-time series. Wyatte Wylie supplied two assists from the blueline while firing six shots on net.
UP NEXT: The Tips host the Seattle Thunderbirds, up next on Friday at 7:35 p.m. (1380 AM & 95.3 / Tips App / WHL Live) at Angel of the Winds Arena in downtown Everett, with doors opening at 6:00 pm Hockey Happy Hour (presented by BroadStroke Associates). Tickets are on sale at www.everettsilvertips.com/hhh.
Garrett Pilon finished off a masterful backdoor feed from Connor Dewar at the right post for a 1-0 lead at 3:33, and the Tips tacked on 47 seconds later on a Sean Richards deflection, from Matt Fonteyne’s right circle blast, for a 2-0 lead.
Swift Current responded from a time-out and Andrew Fyten buried a rebound at 8:59 of the first period to get the Broncos back in the game, 2-1.
Broncos goaltender Stuart Skinner appeared to deny Riley Sutter for good on a remarkable save where he flared his right pad in the second period on Sutter’s chance from in close, but Sutter tucked the rebound for his 20th goal at 4:04 of the second period for a 3-1 advantage.
With the Silvertips continuously frustrating Alexsi Heponiemi, Tyler Steenbergen and Glenn Gawdin… the Broncos top three scorers combining for over 240 points, the third period provided an outlet to close out Swift Current. Matt Fonteyne’s dagger… a snapper from the top of the right circle put the Tips up 4-1 at 14:59 of the third period, triggering a scrum after Giorgio Estephan cross checked Fonteyne during the goal celebration.
Hart’s big save in the third period came on Broncos rookie defenseman Jacson Alexander, a right pad save covering a previously half open net. The Tips evaded a major penalty out of the scrum and closed out the game with the edge in shots, 34-24.
SILVERTIPS LINE COMBOS
15 / RICHARDS 17 / FONTEYNE 8 / BAJKOV
43 / DEWAR 14 / SUTTER 41/ PILON
7 / FASKO-RUDAS 26 / VITELLI 19 / KINDOPP
44 / GERTH 10 / O’ROURKE 16 / ORMSBY
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 Dawson Butt (healthy) Fonteyne has 22 points in the last 8 games before the game, the Silvertips honored five players covering the two teams who participated in the World Juniors: gold medalists Hart and Steenbergen of Canada, Ondrej Vala of the Czech Republic, Artyom Minulin of Russia, and Heponiemi of Russia. Sutter hit the 20-goal plateau (tied career-high) for the second straight year.