Good bounce-back effort by Everett tonight following the 6-0 loss at Tri-City on Friday.
The spark tonight was some second-period line juggling. Everett coach Craig Hartsburg moved Tyler Maxwell onto a line with Shane Harper and Chris Langkow, creating a line containing the team’s top two goals scorers (Maxwell and Harper). Everett was trailing 1-0 at the time of the change, and the trio combined for nine points and a plus-11 rating.
Another interesting fact from tonight. Tri-City was beaten 7-1 at home by Regina. So the past two nights are a good illustration of the ups and downs that come with the WHL.
Everett goaltender Kent Simpson got another start against Seattle, and he redeemed himself following last weekend’s gaffe. He was solid with 30 saves.
The shuffling of lines to start the second period changed the game’s tone as Everett, which created few clear-cut chances in the first period, started carrying play in the second.
HIT OF THE DAY
Honestly, I didn’t catch one tonight. There were some good hits, but nothing spectacular, and my perspective is skewed here at ShoWare Center because the press area is in the corner.
First star: Harper. Credited with two goals and an assist, but they’ll be changing his first goal back to Scott MacDonald, so it’s really a goal and two assists.
Second star: Maxwell. A goal and two assists, looked comfortable playing with Harper and Langkow.
Third star: Prab Rai, Seattle. Token selection as he scored Seattle’s goal, but didn’t do much else.
The Herald’s honorable mention: Langkow. Also a goal and two assists as that trio shined.