The Thunderbirds’ Henrik Rybinski, left, and Conner Bruggen-Cate sandwich the Silvertips’ Jake Christiansen during WHL play at the accesso ShoWare Center on Sunday. COURTESY PHOTO, Brian Liesse, T-Birds

The Thunderbirds’ Henrik Rybinski, left, and Conner Bruggen-Cate sandwich the Silvertips’ Jake Christiansen during WHL play at the accesso ShoWare Center on Sunday. COURTESY PHOTO, Brian Liesse, T-Birds

Thunderbirds fall to Silvertips but remain in wild-card playoff spot

Next home game Saturday vs. Portland

  • Monday, January 20, 2020 3:22pm
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The Everett Silvertips defeated the Seattle Thunderbirds in a Western Hockey League game 2-0 Sunday night at the accesso ShoWare Center.

The Silvertips swept the back-to-back, home-and-home meetings, routing the T-Birds 8-0 at Everett on Saturday night.

The T-Birds (18-22-2-1) are in the second wild-card playoff spot in the Western Conference, six points ahead of the Tri-City Americans (14-22-4-1). Vancouver, with a record of 19-19-2-2, sits in the first wild-card playoff spot, three points ahead of the T-Birds with a game in hand.

Everett took a 1-0 lead at 7:26 of the third period on a penalty shot goal from Michael Gut and then made it 2-0 on a power-play goal by Wyatte Wylie at 15:13.

Seattle pulled goalie Roddy Ross with 2:28 left in the third period for an extra attacker. The T-Birds pressured and forced Everett goalie Dustin Wolf to make several saves.

Everett iced the puck with 41 seconds left in the game and the T-Birds called a timeout to set up a play. Seattle kept the pressure on out of the timeout but were not able to find the back of the net.

Notes

Thomas Milic made 23 saves in his first career start to lead the Thunderbirds to a 4-2 win over the Regina Pats in front of 5,532 fans at ShoWare on Friday night. Milic was called up to the team Thursday from the Burnaby Winter Club Prep team in the CSSHL. Milic was selected by the T-Birds in the third round of the 2018 Bantam Draft and signed a WHL standard player agreement with the team on Aug. 28, 2018. …

The T-Birds travel to Kelowna to face the Rockets on Friday at 7:05 p.m. They host the Portland Winterhawks on Saturday at the ShoWare Center at 6:05 p.m. Single-game tickets are on sale online and at the ShoWare box office.

Fans who purchase the 24-flex ticket package will be able to select any available premium seat for any game, in any ticket combination, during the 2019-20 season.

SCORING SUMMARY

First period – No scoring. Penalties – Bauer, Sea (holding opponent’s stick), 19:50. Gut, Evt (roughing), 19:50.

Second period – No scoring. Penalties – Kukuca, Sea (unsportsmanlike conduct), 6:46. Kolle, Evt (unsportsmanlike conduct), 6:46. Bauer, Sea (interference), 16:43. Kolle, Evt (hooking),18:43.

Third period – 1, Everett, Gut 9, 7:26 (pen). 2, Everett, Wylie 11 (Fonstad, Berezowski), 15:13 (pp). Penalties – Patterson, Sea (delay of game), 14:13.

Shots on goal – Seattle 7-12-10 29, Everett 16-12-14 42. Goalies – Seattle, Ross 42 shots-40 saves (14-16-2-1); Everett, Wolf 29-29 (20-8-1-0). Power plays – Seattle 0-1; Everett 1-2. Referees – Chris Crich, Brett Iverson. Linesmen – Michael Bean, Trevor Beaton.

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