By Sarah Roetcisoender
EVERETT, Wash. – The Everett Silvertips have now won 9 of the last 13 games with the defeat of the Vancouver Giants, 5-2 on Saturday. After the game, head coach Dennis Williams and defenseman Wyatt Wylie to discussed the details along with Wylie’s first career goal in the WHL as an Everett native and Everett Youth Hockey alumnus:
Coach Williams on the energy from tonight:
“I thought when we started skating we started to control some of the play a little bit more. The goal we gave up there was a tough give away you know. I thought we started to loop unfortunately and they got some pretty good forwards there that can capitalize on mistakes but I thought our response was good. I thought our penalty kill was solid. I know they got in wide and obviously the power play again got a few goals there helped but overall throughout the weekend I thought we had a good, honest effort.”
Coach Williams on the power play:
If you go out there with 5 on 4 mentality you’ll probably lose those battles. You know the one thing we have really been stressing is the simplicity. You know, let’s get pucks in there let’s get bodies in the net. That’s how power plays go. You know sometimes they’re hot, sometimes they’re cold – you’ve gotta just keep sticking to it.”
Wylie on his first goal as a Silvertip:
“I was just waiting for the time to come. It was a long time coming and it felt good. Great pass by [Riley] Sutter – I mean I had to finish, it so it was nice.”
Wylie on what he saw on the play:
“I saw Bryce chipped it past him and the guy that was covering me kinda didn’t know where I was, so I just snuck behind him and it just turned out well. Honestly when I got the puck I just read the goalie and tried to read what he was gonna do, and I went to my backhand.”
Wylie on defensive scoring:
“I think just the team is clicking, the d-men are clicking together and people are working together now. Giving each other opportunities and that’s where it’s coming from, giving people the opportunity.”
The Tips next home game is Saturday December 2, 2017 at 7:05pm against the Saskatoon Blades.
Teddy Bear Toss tickets and a free bear (to throw on the ice) set of details are located here.