This turned out to be a remarkable four-game homestand for the Tips. Everett outshot Tri-City 35-14. In the four games the Tips outshot their opponents 146-65, with Everett managing more than 30 in all four and holding its opponents to fewer than 20 in all four. Daniel Cotton recorded his second shutout in the past three games, and he came 1:12 away from getting a shutout in the game between. If not for that five-minute major penalty in the first minute of the game against Brandon …
If there’s one concern for the Tips from the home stand, it’s that all the puck possession didn’t result in all that many goals. Everett scored 13 goals in the four games, and just about all of those were courtesy of the Joshua Winquist-Manraj Hayer-Tyler Sandhu line. Eventually Everett is going to need secondary offensive production.
That said, it’s not like the Tips aren’t getting their chances. Everett is creating a lot of mayhem with shots from the point. But tonight the Tips couldn’t buy a rebound goal, even though the puck was sitting free in front on several occasions.
And the defense just continues to be airtight. There’s a reason why Everett isn’t allowing many shots. The Tips have some defensemen who are just playing immense, and the forwards are doing a good job of helping back.
As for the 45-minute delay at the start of the third period to deal with the pink ribbon logo that came through to the surface of the ice, don’t get me started …
Despite the shot dominance, Everett only had a one-goal lead for most of the third. If Cotton doesn’t stop Lucas Nickles’ short-handed breakaway early in the period, God help me if this one had gone into overtime.
First star: Cotton. 14 saves. Not a lot of shots faced, but that save on Nickles saved the game for Everett.
Second star: Eric Comrie, Tri-City. 33 saves, nothing too spectacular, but he made every save he could and kept the Americans in the game.
Third star: Sandhu. One goal, but really everyone on that line deserves credit on what was a beautiful play in transition.
The Herald’s honorable mention: Ben Betker, Everett. One of those immense defensemen, he was the master of the poke check tonight.