KENNEWICK, Wash. – Michael Rasmussen delivered a game winning goal at 3:39 to help the Tri-City Americans hold off the Everett Silvertips, 3-2 in overtime before 2,990 fans at Toyota Center on Sunday.
Pressing for overtime, the Silvertips fell shy of their first 4-0-0-0 start since 2010-11 while Eetu Tuulola (first WHL goal) and Matt Fonteyne helped supply the offense, while Carter Hart made 24 saves. Their point gained enabled sole possession of first place of the U.S. Division at 3-0-1-0.
Following Beck Warm’s set of saves, including a Dominic Zwerger breakaway on the first shift, Tuulola punched in his first career WHL goal at 16:12. Tuulola took Graham Millar’s feed and manufactured space while driving to the net. His shot beat Warm under the crossbar, confirmed a few moments later by video review after the red light failed to activate.
The Silvertips lost their lead on back to back goals by Tri-City, beginning with Vladislav Lukin’s rebound with 17:17 left in the second on a five-on-three situation. Just 16 seconds later, Juuso Valimaki’s wrister fooled Hart from the left circle and the Tips faced their first deficit of the season on back to back Tri-City power play goals.
Hart made a spectacular save on Nolan Yaremko, from between the circles, to maintain the deficit and just 28 seconds into the third period, Matt Fonteyne extended his scoring streak to four straight games.
Fonteyne and Patrick Bajkov exchanged with Dominic Zwerger to produce a rebound at the left circle, and Fonteyne deflected the puck in for his third goal of the season and 2-2 tie. Late in regulation, Yaremko earned a delay of game penalty for clearing the puck over the defensive zone glass, but the Silvertips were unable to materialize a power play goal before the period expired.
Their best chance in overtime came on a Patrick Bajkov rush, but his dangle move and forehand was snubbed by Warm just one minute into overtime. Tri-City countered when Parker Wotherspoon, driving the net, produced a rebound that Rasmussen tucked in for the win.
Warm made 33 saves in net for his second win of the year.
The Silvertips return to Wednesday, October 5th against Tri-City at XFINITY Arena in Everett. Puck drop is 7:05 p.m. and tickets for as low as $8 are available at www.everettsilvertips.com/ticketpromos.
SILVERTIPS LINE COMBOS
96 / Zwerger 17 / Fonteyne 8 / Bajkov
82 / Tuulola 43 / Dewar 22 / Millar
44 / Gerth 28 / Skoleski 33 / King
18 / Hein 14 / Sutter 19 / Kindopp
24 / Skrumeda 38 / Davis
23 / Christiansen 29 / Wylie
6 / Dwyer 5 / Onyebuchi
70 / Hart
31 / Petit
NOTES: Silvertips scratches included Lasse Petersen, Noah Juulsen (en route from Montreal), Ian Walker, Orrin Centazzo, Sean Richards, and Brett Kemp … the Silvertips outshot Tri-City, 35-27 … Millar, Bajkov and Fonteyne each extended their scoring streaks to four straight games … the meeting was the first of three in a row for the two teams (they will meet again Wednesday and Friday in Everett).
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