KENT, Wash. – Gage Goncalves scored a pair of goals and added an assist, in a comeback that just fell short as the Everett Silvertips dropped a 5-4 defeat to the Seattle Thunderbirds in the pre-season finale, Tuesday night at accesso ShoWare Center.
The Tips, who trailed 5-2 with less than six minutes left, scored twice in a span of 2:54 and nearly tied the game in the last minute of regulation on an extra attacker situation. Alex Morozoff, making his pre-season debut, scored two goals for Seattle while Tips goaltender Keegan Karki stopped all 13 shots faced in over 29 minutes.
Karki, made three appearances in net, ended the pre-season on a shutout streak of 92:17.
Jalen Price buried a snap shot of the rush with 5.1 seconds left in the first period for a 1-0 lead and the Tips carried the lead into the latter half of the second period. Seattle came back with four unanswered goals in 9:42, taking a 4-1 lead by the end of the second. Morozoff scored on a snap shot off the rush with 9:20 left, then Owen Williams followed on a delayed penalty with a snap shot from the left circle with 5:56 left.
Morozoff buried his second of the game with 36 seconds left in the period and Andrej Kukuca’s screen at the net put the Silvertips in a 4-1 hole with 18 seconds remaining.
Goncalves brought the Tips to within two goals on a third period power play goal with 18:30 left in the period, but Brendan Williamson’s third goal of the preseason, from the right circle, bumped the Thunderbirds lead to 5-2 with 5:09 elapsed.
Dawson Butt converted his first of the pre-season with 4:44 left in regulation, slipping a snap shot through Blake Lyda’s five hole to bring the Tips to within two goals. With backup goaltender Braden Holt pulled for an extra attacker on a power play, Butt worked the puck across to a wide open Goncalves at the right circle. Goncalves uncorked a snap shot for his second goal of the night at 18:10, but the Tips fell short in the final minute while buzzing around the Thunderbird net.
Lyda worked the whole game on the Seattle side with 27 saves.
NOTES: Scratched from the lineup were Martin Fasko-Rudas, Brendan Lee, Jackson Berezowski, Bryce Kindopp, Jake Christiansen, Gianni Fairbrother, Wyatte Wylie, Dustin Wolf and Michal Gut … the Tips outshot the Thunderbirds, 31-27 … Goncalves finished as the Silvertips pre-season scoring leader with six points (3g-3a) in six games.
The Silvertips officially launch the 2019-20 season with Opening Night, presented by Lamoureux Real Estate and SoundTransit (magnetic schedule giveaway) on Sept. 20 vs. Tri-City at 7:35 p.m. and finish the weekend the following night against the Royals, 7:05 p.m. with both games set for Angel of the Winds Arena in downtown Everett.
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