EVERETT, Wash. – Offseason trade pick-up Alex Swetlikoff scored the first goal of the pre-season and added an assist, while goaltender Koen MacInnes turned his pre-season debut into a 27 save shutout in a 2-0 victory for the Everett Silvertips over the Spokane Chiefs, concluding the first day of play in the 2021 Silvertips Preseason Classic presented by Empire Insurance Brokers at Angel of the Winds Arena on Friday.
Ben Hemmerling also supplied a goal and an assist, while the Silvertips added another goal in a second period where they outshot Spokane 25-7. The game was the first Silvertips contest held before fans in attendance at Angel of the Winds Arena in 18 months, since the coronavirus pandemic forced a sudden end of the 2019-20 season.
Swetlikoff lifted the lid on pre-season scoring with a gorgeous backdoor finish for a 1-0 Silvertips lead with 4:21 left in the first period, re-directing Ben Hemmerling’s feed from the right circle. The period finished with the Silvertips securing a lead, nearly doubling it when Hunter Campbell caught a rolling puck at the net and barely missed a backhanded rebound attempt.
With 1:50 left in the second and after close misfires on three high quality scoring attempts, the Silvertips finally padded their lead on Aidan Sutter’s power play goal when he took a feed by Swetlikoff at the center point position and blasted a shot through traffic, past Campbell Arnold.
MacInnes and the Silvertips kept Spokane at bay despite being outshot 10-4 in the final period, and dodged a five-on-three situation for the Chiefs in the final two minutes of play. Aidan Sutter had a key clearing attempt with 1:30 left in the period, shortly before the Silvertips got one player out of the penalty box.
MacInnes’ counterpart, Campbell Arnold, took the loss on 36 saves.
FINAL BOX SCORE
Berezowski – Roest – Huuhtanen
Hemmerling – Swetlikoff – Campbell
Wright – Woodward – Ng
Lamanna – Courtney – Grouette
Lambos – Anderson
Sutter – Whittle
Greenough – Gibson
- Pre-season play continues tomorrow with the second day of the Silvertips Preseason Classic presented by Empire Insurance Brokers, with the day wrapping up after a 6pm battle between the Silvertips and Tri-City Americans. Tickets are available for purchase here.
- PRE-SEASON NHL HOCKEY: The “Three Rink Rush” and the Silvertips host a battle between the Seattle Kraken and Edmonton Oilers at Angel of the Winds Arena on Oct. 1. at 7:00 p.m. PT.
- OPENING NIGHT in downtown Everett: the Silvertips host the Portland Winterhawks at Angel of the Winds Arena, Oct. 8 at 7:05 p.m. | TIPS TICKET PACKAGE INFO
- The Silvertips will open their 19th season in the WHL on Oct. 3, visiting the Spokane Chiefs.
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