EVERETT – After winning their last two preseason games, the Silvertips will hit the road to continue their exhibition schedule this weekend at the Tri-City Americans’ Preseason Tournament. Everett is set to face the Spokane Chiefs Friday morning at 11:00 and the Kootenay Ice Saturday at 11:00 am at the Toyota Center in Kennewick.
Everett returns to Comcast Arena for one more preseason home game on Saturday, September 15 against Seattle to complete a home-and-home set with the Thunderbirds. Fans are encouraged to bring non-perishable food donations to that game as we complete our preseason food drive to benefit the Volunteers of America Everett Food Bank.
The Silvertips are coming off a 2-1 weekend in this year’s Holiday Inn Preseason Classic at Comcast Arena. The ‘Tips opened the tournament with a 4-1 loss to the Tri-City Americans on Friday, icing a youthful lineup consisting of 14 WHL newcomers in that game. With more veterans in uniform on Saturday, the Silvertips topped Spokane 5-1 to get in the win column. That momentum continued into Sunday as the ‘Tips put together a 2-1 victory over the defending Western Conference Champion Portland Winterhawks.
Seven different rookie hopefuls recorded points over the weekend, led by forward Stathis Soumelidis (1g/1a). Veterans Reid Petryk (1g/1a), Trent Lofthouse (1g/1a) and Evan Morden (2a) were Everett’s other multi-point scorers in the tournament. Returning goaltender Austin Lotz looked solid with a 0.94 goals-against average and a .968 saves percentage in two appearances.
The Silvertips have reassigned 15-year-old defenseman Kevin Davis (this year’s first-round bantam pick) and 1994-born forward Stefan Burzan early this week, bringing their preseason roster down to 31 players (17 forwards, 11 defensemen and three goaltenders).
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