The Everett Silvertips center was involved in all the key moments late in the game as the Tips came from behind to beat the Spokane Chiefs 3-2 in a shootout, completing day two of the Holiday Inn Preseason Classic at Comcast Arena.
Hayer scored the tying goal in regulation with less than four minutes remaining, then potted the winner in the sixth round of the shootout as Everett prevailed 2-1. He also took a penalty shortly after scoring the tying goal, forcing the Tips to kill off a penalty to get the game into overtime.
"It was all pretty exciting," Hayer, one of four overagers competing for three roster spots, said about his ending sequence. "It was exciting getting the goal, I just threw it at the net and was kind of lucky. That penalty, I probably shouldn't have gone after him that hard. Then the shootout winner I just made a move and put it up top."
Carson Stadnyk scored the other goal for Everett, which improved to 2-0 in the preseason. Daniel Cotton played a solid game in goal for the Tips, making 18 saves and doing a good job of controlling his crease.
Adam Helewka and Dominic Zwerger scored for Spokane (0-1-0-1). Garret Hughson played the first half of the game in net for the Chiefs, stopping all 12 shots he faced. Trevor Martin played the second half and saved eight of 10.
Everett played a slightly less experienced lineup Saturday than it did in Friday's 2-1 preseason-opening victory over Victoria, as overage forwards Joshua Winquist and Reid Petryk and
No. 1 goalie Austin Lotz all received the night off. At times it showed as the Tips weren't as sharp as they were Friday, particularly early in the game.
"Yesterday I think the team dominated, tonight not as much," Hayer said. "But we were working hard, listening to what coach (Kevin Constantine) is preaching and just trying to follow his systems. I think we're doing a good job with that."
Spokane also iced a lineup with a limited amount of experience -- the Chiefs didn't even bother to bring their overagers to the tournament. But Spokane did a good job of harassing the Tips and clogging up the shooting lanes. The main reason why Everett managed just 22 shots on goal, despite an 8-4 advantage in power plays, was because Spokane blocked every shot in sight.
"They're a good shot-blocking team," Hayer said of the Chiefs. "They lay down in whatever way to block that shot. We had to find ways to get pucks through. Eventually we did and eventually they went into the net."
Everett played a sloppy first period, and Spokane took the lead at 9 minutes, 55 seconds. The Chiefs broke two-on-two, with Liam Stewart setting up Helewka to fire past Cotton and give Spokane a 1-0 lead.
Helewka had a great chance to give the Chiefs a 2-0 lead early in the second, but he shot wide with the net gaping on a three-on-one. The Tips then tied it up on the power play late in the period. Stadnyk curled around the right circle and fired a shot into the top corner to knot it at 1-1.
Spokane regained the lead 5:41 into the third period. Jeremy McIntosh's shot from the point created a rebound out front, where Zwerger was able to backhand the puck past Cotton to make it 2-1.
Everett again answered on the power play, this time courtesy of a fortunate bounce. Hayer was attempting a centering feed from the right half-boards. However, the puck deflected off McIntosh and under Martin to tie it at 2-2.
The Tips then had to kill off Hayer's late checking-from-behind penalty to get the game into overtime. In OT, Everett's Waltteri Hopponen had a chance in the final minute off the rush, but Martin made the save to send the game into a shootout.
Seven different players scored goals as the Portland Winterhawks defeated the Tri-City Americans 7-4 in the day's first game. Garrett Haar, Nicolas Petan and Alex Schoenborn all had a goal and an assist to lead Portland (2-0). Tri-City, which had four different goal scorers, dropped to 0-2. ... Seattle scored twice in the final 10 minutes of regulation to tie it, then won the shootout as the Thunderbirds topped the Victoria Royals 6-5 in the day's second game. Alexander Delnov scored a hat trick to lead Seattle (2-0). Former Silvertips forward Trent Lofthouse scored for Victoria (0-1-0-1).
Silvertips 3, Chiefs 2
Spokane 1 0 1 0 -- 2
Everett 0 1 1 0 -- 3
Everett won shootout 2-1
First Period--1, Spokane, Helewka 1 (Stewart, Playfair), 9:55. Penalties--Cardiff, Spokane (slashing), 9:55; Gow, Spokane (roughing), 12:10; Gow, Spokane (roughing), 17:44; Betker, Everett (cross checking), 18:05; Playfair, Spokane (roughing-unsportsmanlike conduct), 20:00; Juulsen, Everett (unsportsmanlike conduct), 20:00.
Second Period--2, Everett, Stadnyk 1 (Leedahl, Aasman), 15:20 (pp). Penalties--Hayer, Everett (tripping), 3:14; Cardiff, Spokane (kneeing), 14:40; Pufahl, Everett (roughing), 16:15.
Third Period--3, Spokane, Zwerger 1 (McIntosh, Yamamoto), 5:41. 4, Everett, Hayer 1 (Sandhu, Penner), 16:43 (pp). Penalties--Miske, Spokane (holding), 3:06; Playfair, Spokane (interference), 7:14; Mueller, Everett (checking from behind), 14:31; Henderson, Spokane (tripping), 16:26; Hayer, Everett (checking from behind), 17:46.
Overtime--no goals. Penalties--none.
Shootout--Spokane 1 (Yamamoto G, Zwerger NG, Playfair NG, Helewka NG, Hascic NG, Whittingham NG); Everett 2 (Mappin G, Stadnyk NG, Sandhu NG, Pufahl NG, Hopponen NG, Hayer G).
Shots on goal--Spokane 3-10-7-0--20. Everett 5-10-6-1--22. Power-play opportunities--Spokane 0 of 4. Everett 2 of 8.
Goalies--Spokane, Hughson (12 shots, 12 saves), Martin 0-0-0-1 (10 shots, 8 saves). Everett, Cotton 1-0-0-0 (20 shots, 18 saves).
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