FLASHBACK AT 15: 05-06 Tips, Smashing More Records
FLASHBACK: The 2005-06 Everett Silvertips became the fastest team to 100 wins in their WHL existence. They tore through everyone to get to their second appearance in the Conference Finals in three seasons.
SILVERTIPS BREAK TEAM AND INDIVIDUAL FRANCHISE RECORDS
Throughout the 2005-2006 season the Silvertips broke numerous team and individual franchise records. As a group, the Silvertips broke franchise single-season records for wins (40), points earned (85), home victories (25), goals scored (203), power play goals (81) and shorthanded goals (13). Individually, John
Lammers tallied the most goals (38) and most points (75) of any Silvertips player in a season. Shaun Heshka set a new team record for most assists in a season with 49, while goaltender Leland Irving set single-season franchise records in wins (37), saves (1504), games played (67), and goals-against average (1.92). The Silvertips also recorded the most hat tricks in the WHL with ten, with Peter Mueller and John Lammers tallying three apiece to lead the way. Torrie Wheat added a pair of three-goal nights, while Ondrej Fiala and Zach Hamill recorded one hat trick each. Of the ten hat tricks, five were “natural hat tricks”, with one player scoring three straight times for Everett.
FASTEST TO 100 WINS
In their first three seasons in the WHL the Silvertips recorded 108 wins, 82 losses, 17 ties, 6 overtime losses and 3 shootout losses in 216 regular season games. The Silvertips became the fastest expansion team in modern WHL history to reach 100 wins when they accomplished the feat with a 4-2 home victory over the rival Seattle Thunderbirds on February 14, 2006.
SILVERTIPS LEADING SCORERS IN 2005-2006 REGULAR SEASON
John Lammers (38 goals, 37 assists) led the Silvertips in scoring with 75 points in 2005-06. The Langley, BC native also paced the ‘Tips with 38 goals, 16 power play goals, four shorthanded goals and tied for first with six game-winning goals. Forward Zach Hamill (21 goals, 38 assists) and defenseman Shaun Heshka (10 goals, 49 assists) finished tied for second on the team in scoring with 59 points each. Hamill led the team in plus/minus rating at +18, while Heshka led the club with 49 assists. First-year forward Peter Mueller (26 goals, 32 assists) led all Silvertips rookies in scoring with 58 points on his way to being named the WHL’s 2006 Rookie of the Year. The Bloomington, Minnesota native also finished second on the club with 26 goals. In goal, Leland Irving posted 37 victories and recorded a 1.92 goals-against average, .926 saves percentage and four shutouts.