TIPS WIN: Royals Flushed
EVERETT, Wash. – Patrick Bajkov (five points) and Matt Fonteyne (four points) enjoyed career nights and the Everett Silvertips torched the Victoria Royals for five power play goals in a 9-4 victory before 3,958 fans in downtown Everett on Sunday in WHL action.
The Tips, returning to the win column after dropping back-to-back games for the first time since November, and first place in the U.S. Division, scored six unanswered goals at one point in the game. Fonteyne, Connor Dewar, and Bryce Kindopp each had two goals.
The Tips also set a new franchise record with 59 shots on goal, coming just hours after a blockbuster trade was announced to send veteran right winger Garrett Pilon and defenseman Ondrej Vala to the Tips from Kamloops in a four player trade.
UP NEXT: The Tips take on newcomer Jake Bean and the Tri-City Americans on Wednesday, 7:05 p.m. in downtown Everett’s Angel of the Winds Arena. Tickets are on sale as low as $14 at www.everettsilvertips.com/tickets.
It took just 24 seconds for the Tips to draw first blood on Dewar’s slap shot off a bouncing puck between the circles against Victoria starter Dean McNabb. Bryce Kindopp then buried a turnover on a snapper at the inside of the left circle at 11:40 for a 2-0 Tips lead.
Jared Freadrich’s left point shot pinballed off two defenders and past Dustin Wolf for a Victoria power play goal, 7:30 left in the first period. Chaz Redekopp then tied the game on a power play snipe from the top of the right circle, 52 seconds into the second period.
Both teams traded a goal each for a 3-3 tie by 10:12 of the second, starting on Kyle Walker’s blast from the left point for his first career WHL goal at 7:10. Tyler Soy, left unmarked at the net, successfully deflected Matthew Phillips’ feed for a shorthanded goal.
That was where the Tips opened the floodgates.
On the same power play, and just 34 seconds later, Bryce Kindopp restored their lead on his deflection of Jake Christiansen’s left point shot and Sean Richards stashed a backhander set up by Ethan O’Rourke with 6:44 left, chasing McNabb for Griffen Outhouse in a 5-3 Tips lead.
Connor Dewar’s 16th goal, a rebound tuck at 18:07, built the Tips lead to 6-3 and started a streak of four straight power play goals.
Matt Fonteyne opened the scoring in the third period at 7-3 with his first of two goals at 6:53 on a one timer from the right circle, then deposited his team leading 22nd goal at 9:45 on a snipe from the inside of the left circle on Outhouse.
That led to the second goaltending change of the day for Victoria, with the original starter McNabb replacing Outhouse. The Tips widened the gap to 9-3 with 8:14 left in regulation when Bajkov patiently waited for McNabb to leave a hole on his deke to the backhand, and tucked in the 100th WHL goal of his career.
Andrei Grishakov’s 13th goal of the season wrapped up the scoring at 12:32.
Wolf earned the win in net with 30 stops.
SILVERTIPS LINE COMBOS
43 / DEWAR 17 / FONTEYNE 8 / BAJKOV
15 / RICHARDS 26 / VITELLI 19 / KINDOPP
7 / FASKO-RUDAS 10 / O’ROURKE 16 / ORMSBY
18 / HEIN 39 / GONCALVES 9 / BUTT
23 / CHRISTIANSEN 38 / DAVIS
29 / WYLIE 4 / I. WALKER
20 / K. WALKER 21 / ANDERSON
32 / WOLF
31 / BELLUK
Notes: Silvertips scratches included Gianni Fairbrother (injury, day-to-day), Riley Sutter (injury, day-to-day), Akash Bains (injury, week-to-week), and Carter Hart (Canada, World Junior Championships) … AP call-ups Gage Goncalves and Dylan Anderson each made their WHL debut … Bajkov’s goal tied him for third on the Tips all-time goal scoring list with Shane Harper, 7 away from Tyler Maxwell’s franchise record.