Wednesday night was about milestones as Carter Hart tied Leland Irving for the Everett Silvertips franchise record with 21 WHL shutouts, and Patrick Bajkov’s game-sealing goal in the third period gave him 216 career WHL points to move him into a tie with Josh Winquist for second in franchise history. Oh, and Sean Richards scored his fifth goal in his last four games as he continues his torrid streak since he was a healthy scratch last month.
I jest, of course. No doubt all the players would count the 2-0 win over the Prince Albert Raiders as the most important thing, and they’d be correct. The Tips have won two straight, have points in three in a row, and are 3-1-1 their last five games. Everett remains in the second wild card slot in the Western Conference.
There are things that need fixing. Both goals tonight came via the top line, and head coach Dennis Williams mentioned after the game that he would like to see more production from the second and third lines. The Tips also were an abysmal 0-for-7 on the power play. That makes them 1-for-30 going back to their 3-1 win at Kamloops on Oct. 27.
The Turning Point
Tips defenseman Montana Onyebuchi was issued a game misconduct at 13:16 in the first period. Prince Albert was awarded a five-minute power play that the Tips killed off. Hart cited that as the key to the victory.
Everett Silvertips G Carter Hart: Hart recorded his second straight shutout and tied the franchise record with 21.
Everett F Sean Richards: Richards scored the game-winning goal and now has five goals in the past four games.
Prince Albert G Ian Scott: Scott had 40 saves in a tough-luck loss.
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