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EVERETT SILVERTIPS vs SEATTLE THUNDERBIRDS – XFINITY ARENA

PRESEASON: Friday, September 15, 2017  |  RADIO: None  |  LIVE STATS: whl.ca

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TONIGHT’S MATCHUP
The Silvertips conclude the home category of their pre-season schedule, hosting the U.S. Division rival Seattle Thunderbirds in the second of three preseason matchups. A total of 16 players who suited up on last year’s team are slated to return after they captured their fifth U.S. Division championship. Defenseman Kevin Davis, who skated with the Minnesota Wild in pre-season training camp, is eligible to suit up tonight for the Silvertips. The Tips defeated the Thunderbirds, 7-4 for their first pre-season win on Sept. 2 in downtown Everett.

LAST GAME (VAN 5 – EVT 4)
SUNDAY, SEPT. 10: Orrin Centazzo’s hat trick and Martin Fasko-Rudas’ four points (1g-3a) were shaded by a three-goal comeback from the Vancouver Giants, who topped the Silvertips 5-4 on Sunday at Langley Events Centre in preseason action.

NEXT UP: The Tips conclude their preseason schedule tomorrow night in Kent against the Thunderbirds … Opening Night for the Silvertips 15th season in the WHL is Saturday, Sept. 23 at XFINITY Arena (7:05pm) against the Portland Winterhawks.

NOTES ON THE SEATTLE THUNDERBIRDS
Led by head coach Matt O’Dette, replacing Steve Konowalchuk in July … the Thunderbirds are coming off their first WHL title in franchise history … goaltender Carl Stankowski is scheduled to return for his second season, but the Thunderbirds move on without Mathew Barzal, Ethan Bear, Keegan Kolesar, Ryan Gropp, Alexander True, and Scott Eansor – who combined for 371 points last regular season … defenseman Jarret Tyszka was selected by the Montreal Canadiens in the fifth round of this past summer’s NHL Entry Draft … earlier this week, they acquired forward Noah Philp in a trade with the Kootenay Ice for a pair of draft picks … Seattle dropped its last game, 5-3 to Kootenay on Sept. 9 … they are 1-4-0-0 in pre-season play.

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