KENNEWICK, Wash. – Jake Sloan and Samuel Huo each collected three point games to help lift the Tri-City Americans over the Everett Silvertips, 6-2 on Saturday night in WHL action at Toyota Center.
UP NEXT: The Silvertips return to play on Tuesday at 7:05pm in downtown Everett, hosting the Spokane Chiefs (KRKO/WHL Live) in the second meeting of the season. Viewing packages remain on sale at watch.chl.ca. Play-by-play “Voice of the Tips” Mike Benton will have pre-game coverage beginning at 6:30 p.m.
Despite holding a lead in shots at 14-6 in the first period, the Tips fell into a 2-0 hole beginning with Edge Lambert’s shorthanded goal, set up at the net by Samuel Huo at 4:11. Sloan then set a screen at the crease and deflected Ian Ferguson’s shot for his second goal of the year at 11:58.
Rhett Melnyk then snuck a low shot from the base of the right circle past Braden Holt at 5:52 of the second period for a 3-0 lead, with Dustin Wolf taking over in net for the rest of the game. The Tips, after managing a disallowed goal on a Cole Fonstad rebound soon after, eventually broke through on Fonstad’s snap shot for a power play goal from the right circle at 7:22.
Gage Goncalves stashed a rebound at the left post for the Tips second power play goal of the night to get back to within a one-goal deficit at 13:20, and the Tips continued to push with momentum seeking the tying goal. But at the end of a Tri-City power play, Booker Daniel converted a feed by Nick Bowman to the slot for a 4-2 cushion with 3:53 left in the period.
Huo’s shorthanded breakaway goal at 11:16 of the third period and Connor Bouchard’s empty netter with 2:18 left wrapped up the scoring.
FINAL BOX SCORE
3 STARS OF THE GAME
- Jake Sloan (TC)
- Samuel Huo (TC)
- Rhett Melnyk (TC)
GAME NOTES: Silvertips scratches included Zach Ashton, Ben Hemmerling, Brady Van Herk, and Evan May … Goncalves extended his point streak to five straight games … Zellweger, due to depart next week for Team Canada (U18 World Championships), has eight points in the last four games.
ABOUT THE SILVERTIPS AND THE NHL
A total of 19 players have suited up in an Everett Silvertips jersey and advanced to play in the National Hockey League, since the Silvertips joined the WHL in 2003-04. Entering this season, the Silvertips have elevated 27 players to be selected by teams in the NHL Entry Draft, including eight over the previous three seasons. By the end of the 2019-20 season, all three Silvertips in the 20-year old category earned NHL entry level contracts: Bryce Kindopp (Anaheim), Wyatte Wylie (Philadelphia), and Jake Christiansen (Columbus). The Seattle Kraken, an expansion franchise scheduled to play 30 miles away from Everett at Climate Pledge Arena, will make their NHL debut in the 2021-22 season.
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