by Scott Blumenfeld
March 16, 2019
EVERETT, Wash. – Martin Fasko-Rudas recorded his first WHL career hat trick while the Everett Silvertips outshot Victoria 44-19, thumping the Royals in a 5-1 victory before a sellout crowd of 8,393 at A.O.T.W. Arena on Saturday during Fan Appreciation Night.
Dawson Butt and Jalen Price also recorded goals for the Silvertips while goaltender Max Palaga earned the start and allowed one goal against, which came in the final five minutes of regulation. The Silvertips finish the regular season with 99 points and a 47-16-2-3 record.
Following tonight’s victory, the 2018-19 season Team Awards were delivered to the Silvertips roster as followed:
- Most Valuable Player – Connor Dewar
- Top Scorer – Connor Dewar
- Rookie of the Year – Jackson Berezowski
- Unsung Hero – Bryce Kindopp
- Most Dedicated Player – Dustin Wolf
- Most Improved Player – Gianni Fairbrother
- Community Relations award – Dustin Wolf
- Scholastic Player of the Year – Dustin Wolf
- Iron Man award – Bryce Kindopp and Wyatte Wylie
- F.I.E.R.C.E. Predator – Dustin Wolf
The Tips surpassed 3.2 million fans (franchise total) with their 11th sellout of the season on Fan Appreciation Night, averaging 5,614 fans per game this season – their largest average attendance in eight years.
UP NEXT: Round one of the playoffs are set to begin at A.O.T.W. Arena on Friday, March 22, at 7:35 p.m. in Game 1 against the Tri-City Americans (1380 AM / 95.3 FM / TuneIn App / WHL Live). Tickets and ticket packs, including no added fees remain available at www.everettsilvertips.com/playoffs.
The Silvertips took a 1-0 lead at 9:06 with a power play goal scored by Fasko-Rudas. Royals’ defenseman Ralph Jarratt was called for interference at 8:30, giving way for the Silvertips power play unit to cycle the puck from Robbie Holmes, to Gianni Fairbrother at the point, who blasted a shot followed by Fasko-Rudas burying the rebound.
Everett goaltender Max Palaga was a perfect seven-for-seven in the opening frame, while the Silvertips peppered 17 shots on visiting goaltender Brock Gould.
Everett came out sizzling in the second, scoring two goals in the first 42 seconds of the period. Fasko-Rudas’ second goal of the night came at 0:30, to extend the Tips lead, 2-0. The import-forward stole the puck on an aggressive fore-check, then fed center Reece Vitelli in front of the crease, who finished a give-and-go sequence, as Fasko-Rudas finished on the blocker side.
Butt followed up with a goal 12 seconds later, to make it 4-0 at 0:42. Forward Conrad Mitchell fed Butt in the offensive zone from behind the net, where Butt drilled a one-time shot from the far circle.
Fasko-Rudas completed his hat trick, while short-handed, cruising past the defense just before his approach to the net to put Everett up 4-0 at 7:54 of the second. Forward Gage Goncalves found Fasko-Rudas streaking up the neutral zone with an outlet pass, where Fasko-Rudas finished the breakaway sliding the puck five-hole.
After two periods, Everett continued to outshoot Victoria, 38-12.
Forward Jalen Price tacked on another goal to make it 5-0 with 7:49 left in regulation. Max Patterson intercepted the puck in the neutral zone, who connected a pass to defenseman Jake Christiansen driving into the zone, who then fed forward Justyn Gurney, followed up with a to Price.
The Royals cut the deficit to 5-1 at 15:42 as winger D-Jay Miller drove the puck into the zone and squeezed it past Palaga off a feed from defenseman Remy Aquilon.
- EVT – Sahvan Khaira
- EVT – Artyom Minulin
- EVT – Martin Fasko-Rudas
FINAL STATS: Box score
SILVERTIPS LINE COMBOS
28 / MITCHELL 12 / PATTERSON 9 / BUTT
7 / FASK-RUDAS 26 / VITELLI 11 / CULLEN
90 / HOLMES 39 / GONCALVES 17 / BEREZOWSKI
22 / GURNEY 27 / PRICE
24 / FAIRBROTHER 4 / WALKER
23 / CHRISTIANSEN 86 / KHAIRA
8 / SEELEY 5 / MINULIN
31 / PALAGA
32 / WOLF
NOTES: Martin Fasko-Rudas’ hat-trick marks the fifth Silvertip hat trick of the season … The Tips are 8-2-1-1 in the last 12 games … Everett finishes the regular season going 24-15-3-4 at home …The Silvertips finish the regular season going 15-4-0-1 against opponents of the B.C. Division … the Tips allowed just 130 goals this season, a new franchise benchmark for defense, and the lowest in the CHL by the end of the night.
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