EVERETT, Wash. – Carter Hart earned the 25th shutout of his career to move within one of the Western Hockey League record, while Matt Fonteyne, Patrick Bajkov and Sean Richards combined for seven points in a 4-0 victory for the Everett Silvertips over the Brandon Wheat Kings, before 5,917 fans in downtown Everett on Saturday night in WHL action.
Hart’s shutout moved him one behind Tyson Sexsmith (Vancouver), while Patrick Bajkov’s three point effort moved him to four behind Zach Hamill’s all-time record. Bajkov’s second period goal was the 102nd in his career, moving into sole possession of second place on the Tips all-time goal scoring list (five behind all-time leader Tyler Maxwell).
UP NEXT: The Tips host the Swift Current Broncos at 4:05 p.m. (1380 AM & 95.3 / Tips App / WHL Live) at Angel of the Winds Arena in downtown Everett, with doors opening at 3pm for a giveaway (Tips Trapper Hat presented by BECU). Tickets are on sale as low as $14 at www.everettsilvertips.com/tickets.
Fonteyne started his two goal effort with a highlight reel move on the rush and finish from behind the net off a Brandon defender in the crease, 16:16 into the first period for a 1-0 Tips lead.
Hart preserved the lead into the second period where he made arguably his best save of the night, sprawling for a left pad save on Ty Lewis’ one-timer at the right circle. Bajkov followed up with his 23rd goal of the season, 12:35 into the second period when he stashed a rebound for a 2-0 edge.
Connor Dewar slammed in a rebound from the top of the crease at 7:54 of the third period for a 3-0 lead and Fonteyne followed by stashing his 27th goal at the left post with 6:19 to play for a 4-0 bulge.
Logan Thompson took the loss on 41 stops.
SILVERTIPS LINE COMBOS
15 / RICHARDS 17 / FONTEYNE 8 / BAJKOV
43 / DEWAR 14 / SUTTER 41/ PILON
7 / FASKO-RUDAS 26 / VITELLI 19 / KINDOPP
47 / SHARP 10 / O’ROURKE 44 / GERTH
23 / CHRISTIANSEN 38 / DAVIS
42 / VALA 29 / WYLIE
20 / K. WALKER 6 / MURRAY
32 / WOLF
70 / HART
Notes: Silvertips scratches included Gianni Fairbrother (injury, week to week), Akash Bains (injury, week-to-week), Luke Ormsby (healthy), Ian Walker (healthy) and Dawson Butt (healthy) … the Tips went are 14-of-29 in their most recent stretch on the power play … the Tips earned their first win at home vs. Brandon since the 2007-08 season and improved to 9-5-0-0 in the all-time series.
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