Lotz stars in shootout loss to Giants
EVERETT, WA – Austin Lotz stopped 47 of 48 shots through regulation and overtime, but the Vancouver Giants prevailed with a 2-1 shootout victory over the Everett Silvertips Saturday night at Comcast Arena. The ‘Tips gain one point in the shootout defeat, moving their record to 5-15-0-4 going into next Friday’s post-Thanksgiving bout with the Regina Pats.
Lotz kept Everett in the game all night long, carrying a shutout into the third period against the WHL’s third-highest scoring club despite being outshot 49-24. Evan Morden scored the Silvertips’ lone goal in the second period, but Vancouver outscored the ‘Tips 2-1 in the shootout to gain the additional point and the win.
The Giants raced to a 16-5 shot advantage in the first period, but Lotz started strong and held them off the board. Everett appeared to take the lead when Jari Erricson drove hard to the net to deposit Cody Fowlie’s centering feed, but it was ruled that the puck was kicked into the net and the goal was disallowed, keeping the contest scoreless after one.
The ‘Tips had already gone 2-for-2 on the penalty kill when they were first to find the back of the net with a shorthanded goal midway through the second frame. Ryan Harrison helped keep the puck in the offensive before it skipped back to Evan Morden, who sent a wrist shot into the net from the left point to give the Silvertips a 1-0 lead going into the third.
Lotz’ shutout lasted 44:52 before Vancouver tied the game nearly five minutes into the third period. Dalton Sward muscled his way out from the behind the net and got the puck in front to Taylor Makin, who put it past a prone Lotz to even the game at one. Both teams created good chances later in the third period and into overtime, but neither could manage another score prior to the shootout. Josh Winquist got Everett started with a goal in round one, but Brendan Gallagher and James Henry scored on both of the Giants’ first two attempts and Adam Morrison would not be beaten again as Vancouver won the shootout and the game by a 2-1 margin.
The 47 saves were the second-highest career total for Austin Lotz (1-3-0-1), who stopped 50 in his WHL debut against Saskatoon. Adam Morrison (14-4-0-1) made a number of quality saves among his 23 total for the night. The Silvertips were a perfect 4-for-4 killing penalties, but went 0 for 2 on their own powerplay.
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The Silvertips will complete their November homestand during Thanksgiving weekend with another Friday-Saturday set, first against the Regina Pats and then vs. the Swift Current Broncos at Comcast Arena.
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