SPOKANE, WA – The Everett Silvertips held a 1-0 held for the majority of the night, but couldn’t pull out the victory as the Spokane Chiefs came up with a 3-1 win Saturday night at Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena. The ‘Tips will head home after their first regulation loss to a U.S. Division foe this season to face another divisional opponent in the Tri-City Americans tomorrow afternoon.
Kent Simpson had a shutout going for over 48 minutes Saturday before the Chiefs netted three third-period tallies to take the victory for themselves. Josh Winquist tallied Everett’s lone goal on the powerplay on an assist from Ryan Murray.
Everett was outshot 13-6 in the first period, but Kent Simpson made a few key saves to keep Spokane off the board. The Silvertips then took a 1-0 lead on the powerplay after Ryan Murray intercepted a Chiefs’ clearing attempt and fed a cross-ice pass to Josh Winquist, who buried his third goal of the season at 13:08.
Each team sent eight shots to the net in the second frame, but none found their way in as the ‘Tips carried the 1-0 lead into the third. Spokane would score two goals in just over one minute midway through the third however, tying the score when Darren Kramer deposited a Brenden Kichton pass at 8:34. The Chiefs went on top to stay just 1:07 later on a powerplay goal from Mitch Holmberg, who scored after a scramble in front of Simpson’s net. Dominik Uher added another goal in the final minute to complete the scoring in a 3-1 Spokane victory.
Kent Simpson (1-4-0-1) finished the night with 35 saves as Everett was outshot 38-21. Mac Engel (4-2-0-1) earned the win in goal for the Chiefs with 20 stops. The ‘Tips were 1 for 2 on the powerplay, while Spokane finished 1 for 3.
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The Silvertips will now return home to complete a three-game weekend Sunday afternoon at Comcast Arena with their first meeting of the year against the Tri-City Americans in another divisional battle at 5:05 pm.
Season tickets and mini game packages for the 2011-2012 regular season are available now and can be purchased in person at the team office inside at Comcast Arena or by phone at 425-252-5100. Single game tickets are on sale by phone (866-332-8449), online (comcastarenaeverett.com) or at the Comcast Arena box office.