EVERETT, Wash. – Goaltender Carter Hart produced 26 saves and forward Spencer Gerth added a goal and an assist, helping lead the Everett Silvertips to a 3-1 victory over the Victoria Royals in the preseason finale at XFINITY Arena on Saturday night.
The Silvertips (5-2-0), matching last year’s preseason record, knocked off the Royals (3-4-0) in both meetings and never trailed, one night after suffering a 7-4 defeat to Portland, with Hart bringing a sharp rejoinder from Friday by keeping the Royals scoreless in the first 34 minutes. Lucas Skrumeda added a pair of assists on the Silvertips blueline.
Devon Skoleski’s rebound goal lifted Everett to a 1-0 advantage after Gerth set up Mackenzie Dwyer’s point shot, which sailed through traffic and off the pads of Griffen Outhouse. With Hart posting ten stops in the first period, he and the Silvertips defense continued to frustrate the Royals until Matthew Phillips’ shorthanded breakaway goal with 5:41 left in the second period to tie the game.
Everett’s answer was Gerth’s second goal of the preseason with 44 seconds remaining the second period, a screen at the net, which deflected off Jake Christensen’s point shot.
The Silvertips managed to stay out of penalty trouble for a bulk of the third period and killed off an interference penalty issued to Gerth with 3:48 remaining before Matt Fonteyne buried Victoria and his fourth goal of the preseason. Fonteyne, finishing Patrick Bajkov’s centering pass between the hash marks, lifted the Silvertips to a 3-1 advantage with 1:08 remaining.
Outhouse took the loss wth 24 saves.
NOTES: The Silvertips scratched Noah Juulsen, Alexander Scherbakov, Remi Laurencelle, Sean Mallonee, Graham Millar, Gunnar Wegleitner, Tristen Pfeifer and Austin Lotz … Everett killed off all four Victoria power plays and finished the preseason at 27-of-28 in penalty killing, leading the WHL … Fonteyne finished as Everett’s leading goal scorer while Dawson Leedahl led overall scoring with six points (2g-4a) in six games … Everett went 4-1-0 in preseason home games … Jantzen Leslie and Victoria’s Vladimir Bobylev dropped the gloves with 2:08 left in the game, both earning game misconducts.
Leedahl – Dewar – Stadnyk
Bajkov – Fonteyne – Khomenko
Ralph – Skoleski – Gerth
King – Sutter – Kindopp
Dwyer – Davis
Skrumeda – MacDonald
Christiansen – Leslie
The Silvertips open their 13th season in the WHL on Friday, Sept. 25 at 7:00 p.m., visiting the Prince George Cougars (1520 AM KXA/WHL Live). New Silvertips radio voice Mike Benton will handle coverage 30 minutes prior to opening face-off with the Silvertips pregame show, presented by Everett Bone and Joint. For general admission seating are available for $13 (fees may apply) at the Silvertips business offices or the XFINITY Arena box office during normal business hours.
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