By: Staci C. – Silvertips Staff Writer
1) Scoring depth: Ten different players made the scoresheet tonight and the depth continues to be magic for the Silvertips. Goals were scored by three lines and defense. Goals were scored on the power play and 5-on-5. You can’t get much better than that. Connor Dewar rocked the house with two goals and an assist, as he now has 31 points in 23 games and continues to be the top producer for the Silvertips. Luke Ormsby got his first goal of the season. Sean Richards had two goals at pivotal moments in the game; he answered back twice after goals by the Giants. Jake Christiansen scored a beauty of a goal on the power play thanks to a slick pass by Wyatt Wylie.
2) Speed: The youth and speed of the Tips really shined tonight. Everett did a really nice job of beating Vancouver to the puck and cutting off opportunities; Vancouver was held to only five shots through the first 30 minutes of play. Vancouver was left to play catch-up for the majority of the game which caused them to take untimely penalties. Everett had multiple breakaway opportunities throughout the game. Artyom Minulin is fitting in well with the Tips’ system as he speedily got the play going on three different goals tonight.
3) Rivalry brewing: This Vancouver team is much different than the team we have seen the past few seasons and there is a reason why they are number two in the west. Tonight’s game is the first win that the Tips have gotten against the Giants this season with one regular season game to go. It’s a shame that there is only one game left, but there is the potential for a playoff series on the horizon and it would be one for the ages. Both teams are stacked offensively with two top five goaltenders. Seven games of these powerhouse teams = fun. The Tips will play their final regular season game against the Giants on December 14 and it will be highly anticipated.