By Carmen Dittoe – Silvertips Staff Writer
EVERETT, Wash. – Third period deficits are a force to be reckoned with, but so are the Everett Silvertips. After two periods of typical Everett vs Spokane back-and-forth play, Spokane pulled out ahead with two goals on Carter Hart shortly into the third period. The Silvertips answered, rallying from a 5-3 deficit as Connor Dewar tied Everett’s sixth meeting with Spokane with only 23 seconds left in regulation. The Silvertips handed Spokane their second consecutive OT road loss with the 6-5 win.
Maybe it was the start of something special. It perhaps defined a team that was never out of it.
With Spokane’s Jake McGrew lighting up the board for the first time all night at 10:15 in the first, forward Matt Fonteyne responded shortly thereafter with a rebounded goal off of Patrick Bajkov. The 15:07 goal was Fonteyne’s 30th of the season as he hit the 30-goal mark for the first time in his WHL career. Only two minutes later, Chiefs left wing Luke Toporowski answered, going five-hole on his fifth goal of the season and closing out the first period with a one-goal lead on the Silvertips.
Everett forward Spencer Gerth tied the game only 2:52 into the second period, tapping in a Kyle Walker blast from the blueline. Spokane pulled ahead just three minutes later off Jaret Anderson-Dolan’s 26th of the season. In a power-play at 10:30, Wyatte Wylie logged his fourth goal of the season and tied the game yet again, off assists from Sean Richards and Martin Fasko-Rudas.
Edmonton Oilers draft pick Kailer Yamamoto gave Spokane the early third period lead at 2:16, logging his third point of the game and Spokane’s second power play goal. Teammate Anderson-Dolan put up his second goal of the game just two minutes later, giving Spokane an early third period two-goal lead.
Dewar and Wylie closed out the evening with Wylie answering Spokane’s second goal of the period less than a minute later as he found the net for the second time that night. Down 5-4 with less than a minute left in regulation, Everett pulled Hart for an extra attacker and Dewar tied the game off assists from Pilon and Bajkov at 0:23.2.
Dewar came into OT still hot from his last goal and shut down Spokane at 1:10 off a cross-net pass from Wylie as the Tips captured the 6-5 win in front of 4,187 satisfied fans in Downtown Everett.