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TIPS WIN // Palaga Shuts Out Ice, 3-0

By: Scott Blumenfeld, Silvertips Staff Writer

December 1, 2018

EVERETT, Wash. – Silvertips goaltender Max Palaga recorded his first career WHL shutout while the Tips drilled 45 total shots on goal, as the Everett Silvertips defeated the Kootenay Ice, 3-0, before 5,063 fans at A.O.T.W. Arena on Saturday night in Western Conference action.

Silvertips forwards Luke Ormsby and Bryce Kindopp scored the game’s two opening goals, while the Tips stingy defensive presence battled away all night. Defenseman Gianni Fairbrother chipped in an empty-netter to close the game out at 19:48.

“It felt amazing. I’m loving my time here,” Palaga said. “The shutout just made it a little sweeter about how the season is going so far.”

UP NEXT: The Western Conference-leading Silvertips, who have won a season high six straight games, get back to action Wednesday, Dec. 5, at home against the Spokane Chiefs at 7:05 p.m. (1380 AM / 95.3 FM / Tips App / WHL Live). Tickets are on sale at www.everettsilvertips.com/tickets.

Silvertips forward Luke Ormsby put the Silvertips up 1-0 at 11:27 in the opening period, as he recorded his third of the season. Defensemen Jake Christiansen and Artyom Minulin both recorded assists on the play. Christiansen’s shot from the point created a rebound picked up by Ormsby, who delivered a hard backhand outside the crease-side.

Silvertips goaltender Max Palaga was perfect in the first, as he stopped 10 of 10 shots. Kootenay goaltender Jesse Makaj stopped 15 of 16 shots Everett landed on him.

With just over three seconds left in the second period, Everett forward Riley Sutter won the draw in the offensive zone and dropped the puck back to captain Connor Dewar. Dewar rifled a shot that produced a rebound into the glove of forward Bryce Kindopp, who dropped the puck and slammed it between the legs of Makaj with 0.6 seconds remaining in the period.

Everett held the edge on shots, totaling 34 through two periods compared to Kootenay’s 25. The Tips nailed 18 shots on net during the second, as the Ice landed 15 on Palaga, who stopped a late breakaway on Brad Ginnell.

The Tips tacked on another 11 shots on net, including a Fairbrother empty net goal scored at 19:48. Kootenay matched Everett with 11 shots in the third but came up short on converting shots into goals.

THREE STARS

  1. EVT – Max Palaga (36 save SO)
  2. KTN – Jesse Makaj (43 saves)
  3. EVT – Bryce Kindopp (1G)

 

FINAL STATS: Box score

 

SILVERTIPS LINE COMBOS

43 / DEWAR               14 / SUTTER               19 / KINDOPP

10 / BAINS                  26 / VITELLI              7 / FASKO-RUDAS

15 / RICHARDS           16 / ORMSBY              9 / BUTT

28 / MITCHELL          39 / GONCALVES        24 / FAIRBROTHER

 

DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS

8 / SEELEY                             5 / MINULIN

23 / CHRISTIANSEN               4 / WALKER

29 / WYLIE                             86 / KHAIRA

 

GOALTENDERS

31 / PALAGA

32 / WOLF

NOTES: Silvertips scratches include Jackson Berezowski, Jalen Price and Bronson Sharp… Everett has won or gained a point in seven straight games … The Tips are 9-9-2 in the all-time series against Kootenay and 6-4-1-0 on home ice … Everett entered the weekend ranked #6 in the CHL Top-10 rankings … The Silvertips are 17-0-0-0 when they score the first goal of the game this season … Tips captain Connor Dewar has points in 18 of his last 20 games … Dewar’s 23 goals are second on the WHL, trailing league leader Brett Leason.

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