EVERETT SILVERTIPS at KELOWNA ROCKETS – PROSPERA PLACE
Friday, September 29, 2017 | RADIO: 1520 AM KKXA | TIPS App
WATCH PARTY: Sporty’s Beef & Brew
The Silvertips open a nine-game road trip on Friday evening against the host Kelowna Rockets … the matchup is the first of four meetings with the Rockets this season … the Silvertips went 19-9-7-1 on the road last season … their road trip is the longest of the season … the two clubs last met Mar. 15, 2017 in Kelowna and the Silvertips took a 4-1 victory … the Silvertips opened last weekend with a 1-1 split to start the season.
NEXT THREE GAMES (all times PT)
DATE OPPONENT TIME SITE RADIO
9/30/17 @ Tri-City 7:05pm Toyota Center KRKO 1380 AM & 95.3 FM/ Tips App
10/4/17 @ Spokane 7:05pm Spokane Arena KRKO 1380 AM & 95.3 FM/ Tips App
10/6/17 @ Calgary 6:00pm Scotiabank Saddledome KKXA 1520 AM / Tips App
LAST GAME (EVT 4 – TC 1 / 9-24-17): Patrick Bajkov generated a pair of goals and added an assist, Dorrin Luding earned his first WHL career victory with 42 stops and the Everett Silvertips cruised to a 4-1 victory over the Tri-City Americans, before 2,890 fans at XFINITY Arena on Sunday to give head coach Dennis Williams the first win in his WHL coaching career. Luding, bouncing back from an early exit on Opening Night with 15 saves on 19 shots, turned away 18 shots in the second period while the Tips led wire-to-wire to secure Williams’ first career in in the WHL. The Silvertips fired 52 shots on goal, three shy of their franchise record of 55 (set in 2006-07 vs. Portland).
SERIES SCHEDULE NOTES
The Silvertips will face the Rockets four times this season with the first two meetings in Kelowna … the Silvertips own a 6-0-2-1 record in the last nine lifetime meetings … last season the Tips went 2-0-1-1 vs. the Rockets … Kevin Davis leads all returning Silvertips with six points in last season’s series … Silvertips goaltender Carter Hart went 2-0-1-0 in four appearances against Kelowna last season.
SEASON SERIES (Silvertips 0-0-0-0)
|Sep. 29||at Kelowna||7:05 pm PDT|
|Feb. 2||at Kelowna||7:05 pm PST|
|Feb. 3||Kelowna||7:05 pm PST|
|Mar. 2||Kelowna||7:35 pm PST|
TOP 5 TIPS TIDBITS
- STEADY AS SHE GOES: The Silvertips are the only team in the last 14 WHL seasons to reach the playoffs every season … they have captured five U.S. Division titles, most recently last season when they went 44-16-9-3.
- ROARING 20’S: All 3 Silvertips in their overage year return for their fifth season with the franchise – forwards Patrick Bajkov and Matt Fonteyne, and defenseman Kevin Davis … all 3 players, if playing the full 72-game schedule, are on pace to break the all-time games played recorded in Tips history, held by Shane Harper (335).
- GOAL ORIENTED: The Silvertips posted eight goals in the first two games and in their 4-1 win against Tri-City, posted 52 shots on goal … the mark was three shots off the franchise single game record (set vs. Portland, 2006-07).
- THE HART OF THE MATTER: Two-time reigning WHL Goaltender of the Year and Silvertips MVP Carter Hart, positioned to make his season debut, was reassigned to the Silvertips last Saturday after suiting up in training camp with the Philadelphia Flyers … he is second on the Silvertips all-time list in wins (85), fourth in games (149), and second in shutouts (19).
- NO PEEP AGAINST THE PK: Ranked #1 last season in the WHL, the Silvertips turned in an 8-of-9 effort on the penalty kill in two games against Portland and Tri-City.
- Patrick Bajkov is 28 games away from 300 in his WHL career
- Kevin Davis is 6 assists away from 100 and 24 games away from 300 in his WHL career
- Carter Hart is 3 shutouts away from the Silvertips all-time record and 8 away from the WHL all-time record
- Riley Sutter played in his 100th career game in the WHL on Sept. 24 vs. Tri-City
ON THE BOARD
The following Silvertips have collected their first career WHL point this season:
- Reece Vitelli (goal) – Sept. 23 vs. POR
CLIMBING THE LADDER
The Silvertips, ranking among the franchise all-time leaders:
|2||10, 21||Zack Dailey||C||330|
|1.||Leland Irving||2003 – 2008||107|
|2.||Carter Hart||2013 – Current||85|
|3.||Austin Lotz||2011 – 2015||72|
|4.||Kent Simpson||2007 – 2012||71|
|5.||Michael Wall||2003 – 2005||35|
|1. Leland Irving||2003 – 2008||21|
|2. Carter Hart||2013 – Current||19|
|3. Michael Wall||2003 – 2005||12|
|4. Austin Lotz||2011 – 2015||10|
|5. Kent Simpson||2007 – 2012||6|
ATTENTION TO DETAIL
The Silvertips roster, categorized by birth year and hometown:
97: Bajkov, Fonteyne, Davis,
98: Hart, Hein, Richards
99: Bruce, Luding, Kindopp, Dewar, Christiansen, Sutter, Wylie
00: I. Walker, Onyebuchi, Centazzo, K. Walker, Azhgirei, Butt, Fasko-Rudas, Fairbrother
01: Wolf, Browne, Vitelli, Liwiski
BC: Davis, Bajkov, Luding, Christiansen, I. Walker, Fairbrother
AB: Fonteyne, Hart, Richards, Kindopp, Sutter, Centazzo, K. Walker, Browne
MB: Hein, Bruce, Dewar, Onyebuchi, Vitelli, Liwiski
WA: Wylie, Butt