By Staci C. – Silvertips staff writer
The Everett Silvertips knocked off the Seattle Thunderbirds in a thrilling 2-1 overtime victory before nearly 7,000 fans in downtown Everett, on a night that carried extra meaning for another Pink The Rink spectacle.
Winning their third game in a row, the Tips moved above the .500 mark with several factors kicking in on Friday night:
1) PUCK POSSESSION: The Silvertips did a tremendous job of dominating puck possession throughout the game. Everett did well with quick offensive and defensive zone entries as well as quick defensive zone exits. There were only a couple moments throughout the game where Seattle got extended offensive zone time, but it would be for 30 seconds maximum; this was particularly important on the penalty kills.
The Tips peppered shots on Seattle’s rookie goaltender all night long and had a total of 40 shots by the night’s end. Dustin Wolf faced significantly less shots as he faced 17 but he made some very timely saves, including flashing the leather twice on two big saves midway through the second period.
2) ANOTHER SPECIAL NIGHT FOR SPECIAL TEAMS: Special teams pulled through in a big way tonight. After the game was scoreless for 50 minutes, the top power play unit broke through rookie goaltender Cole Schwebius on the 35th shot to make it 1-0 Tips. Despite only scoring one power play goal, it was not for a lack of trying; Schwebius did great in his first career start.
The penalty kill continues to be excellent. The last 6 minutes of the game included 5 minutes of penalty kill time and the Tips were excellent through those five minutes, holding onto their one goal lead and only allowing three shots. The Tips only allowed five shots total on three penalty kills.
3) FLAT OUT RESILIENCY: Although the Tips gave up the tying goal with less than a minute left in regulation, they were able to keep pressing on and recuperate on their brief two minute break between the third and overtime. Did the Tips ever bounce back in a huge way — 17 seconds into overtime, Connor Dewar fired a re-direction past Schwebius to get the game winning goal and his second point of the evening for a 2-1 victory. This was a big response by the team’s new captain and he is starting off the year with a bang as he is the point leader with 7 points.
Bryce Kindopp got his first goal of the season when he broke the 50 minute scoreless tie and he was credited for the lone assist on the game winning goal. Kindopp was excellent on and off the scoresheet tonight; he did very well with carrying the puck into the zone and creating a lot of chances.
The Tips move onto Saturday requiring a quick mental reset, hosting the Portland Winterhawks for their second meeting at 7:05 p.m. (1380 AM / 95.3 FM / Tips App).