EVERETT, Wash. – Carter Hart made 42 saves in his first pre-season appearance, Riley Sutter scored the eventual game winner and Connor Dewar logged a goal and two assists to lead the Everett Silvertips to a 5-4 victory over the Portland Winterhawks in the finale of the Delta Hotels Pre-Season Classic on Sunday at XFINITY Arena.
Scoring 16 goals in their first three exhibition games, the Tips never trailed and built a lead as big as three goals during the game. A total of 12 different Tips recorded a point, securing the team’s second win in as many nights in their pre-Labor Day tourney. After bagging five goals in the third period of Saturday night’s win, their two-goal burst in the first period marked seven goals in a span of 20:19.
Next up, the Tips visit the Vancouver Giants pre-season tournament in Langley, B.C. and take on the Prince George Cougars on Saturday at 2:00 p.m. The Tips return home next on Sept. 15 in their final home pre-season tune up against the Seattle Thunderbirds, 7:30 p.m. at XFINITY Arena. Tickets are on sale at www.everettsilvertips.com/preseason.
Matt Fonteyne successfully converted Kevin Davis’ home run breakaway pass for a 1-0 lead with 12:57 left in the first period, and Wyatte Wylie tacked on his first goal of the pre-season on a snapper that snuck through traffic from the left circle 43 seconds later.
Portland rallied on an Evan Weinger breakaway goal with 5:01 to play but the Silvertips, emerging from a 6-0 shot deficit in the first three minutes, led 2-1 after one period. Cody Glass drew Portland even on a wrister from the right circle that fooled Carter Hart high over the glove at 2:35, but the Silvertips responded by unleashing three unanswered goals for a 5-2 cushion.
Pavel Azhgieri successfully snuck a centering pass to Conrad Mitchell from behind the net for a 3-2 lead at 12:19 of the second period, and Connor Dewar’s snipe off the rush, left circle, put the Tips up 4-2 at 2:28 of the third.
Riley Sutter then padded the lead to three goals when he slammed in his second pre-season goal from the left circle on the power play at 4:07.
Through the rally, Carter Hart elevated his game and posted 26 saves by the end of the second period, including a breakaway save on Ty Kolle. But Portland staged one final rally and drew to within a goal, beginning with Joachim Blichfeld’s shorthanded marker with four minutes left, then Keoni Texeira’s backdoor finish 27 seconds later.
The Silvertips didn’t allow another serious flurry afterward, and drained the clock on a final clearing attempt with eight seconds to play.
NOTES: The Silvertips scratched Martin Fasko-Rudas, Orrin Centazzo, Ethan Browne, Ian Walker, Dylan Anderson, Kyle Walker, Alex Moar, and goaltenders Danton Belluk, Dustin Wolf, and Blake Lyda … Connor Dewar logged his second straight multi point game in pre-season play … Hart was making his first appearance of the pre-season. He is slated to report later this week to Philadelphia Flyers training camp .. also scheduled for NHL camps are Patrick Bajkov (Vegas Golden Knights) and Kevin Davis (Minnesota Wild) … tonight was the only pre-season meeting between the teams â€¦ Dewar has six points in his first three pre-season games.
TONIGHT’S LINE COMBOS
Hein – Fonteyne – Bajkov
Richards – Sutter – Dewar
Azhgirei – Vitelli – Kindopp
Mitchell – Liwiski – Butt
Christiansen – Wylie
Bruce – Davis
Fairbrother – Onyebuchi
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Opening the Silvertips home schedule, covering 36 games this season at XFINITY Arena, is Opening Night against the Portland Winterhawks on Saturday, Sept. 23 (7:05 p.m.), when the first 3,000 fans will receive a collectible Silvertips magnet schedule, presented by Lamoureux Real Estate. All fans will also witness the raising of the Silvertips fifth U.S. Division championship banner to the rafters before the opening puck drop.