It’s going to be an uphill battle for some time as goaltender Carter Hart will miss several weeks due to mononucleosis.
That showed early on as Dorrin Luding surrendered two early goals and the Tips trailed 2-0 just 3:50 into the game.
Yet the Tips rallied – something they’ve done in the past and have continued to do in their first season under Dennis Williams. Unfortunately for Everett it wasn’t enough as Hudson Elynuik scored the game-winner with 3.5 seconds showing on the clock to claim the 5-4 victory.
That doesn’t diminish what was a career effort from Connor Dewar. The 18-year-old alternate captain tallied his first career hat trick and was close to a fourth goal in the final period.
— Everett Silvertips (@WHLsilvertips) October 5, 2017
The coaching staff bumped Dewar down to the second line in an effort to spread out the scoring and it worked. Dewar scored twice on the power play and added another at even strength, while second-line forward Riley Sutter scored his fourth goal in five games.
Dewar is now tied with Matt Fonteyne for the team lead with five goals. The duo each have nine points – second to Patrick Bajkov’s dozen. Sutter has four goals and Davis has five assists as a number of players maintained their point-per-game average or better.
The Turning Point
Elynuik’s wrister snuck by Luding with less than four seconds to play and gave the Chiefs a 5-4 win.
1. Everett F Connor Dewar: “The Pitbull” scored three goals in a losing effort.
2. Spokane D Jeff Faith: Faith had a goal and an assist and finished plus-two on the night.
3. Spokane D Jake Toporowski: The blueliner played his final WHL game as the Bettendorf, Iowa, native retired following Wednesday’s game.
Honorable mention: Everett F Patrick Bajkov (three assists), Everett D Kevin Davis (two assists), Spokane D Tyson Helgesen (one goal, one assist), Spokane F Jaret Anderson-Dolan (two assists).
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