Everett got beat by the Seattle Hurricanes tonight.
Seattle scored three goals, and all three were scored by a player the T-birds acquired from Lethbridge this season — Sam McKechnie, Russell Maxwell and Adam Henry were all picked up in separate deals.
The other main factor for Seattle was goaltender Taran Kozun, another player acquired during the season, this time from Kamloops (T-birds general manager Russ Farwell has had a very busy season). Kozun was good tonight, and the T-birds are 13-3 since Kozun arrived at the trade deadline.
Everett actually played a strong overall game. The Tips were on fire in the first period, but Kozun held Everett to one goal. The Tips then took a 2-1 lead into the third and outshot Seattle 11-4 in the period, but were outscored 2-0. It’s pretty much been the story of Everett’s season. The Tips are able to generate shots and chances, but struggle with the final touch in front of goal.
The victory clinched a playoff spot for Seattle, though that was largely academic. Everett remained in a tie for sixth place in the Western Conference with Vancouver, with the Tips having two games in hand. Eighth-place Tri-City remained four points behind.
Everett really should have been ahead by more than 1-0 in the first period, but Kozun made several good saves to keep it a one-goal game. The biggest came toward the end of the period when Everett’s Jujhar Khaira had a short-handed breakaway. But Kozun made the stop, keeping the T-birds in the game.
First star: McKechnie. One goal and one assist, was a real battler.
Second star: Patrick Bajkov, Everett. One goal, the 16-year-old has improved as the season’s progressed.
Third star: Kozun. 29 saves, was always in the right position.
The Herald’s honorable mention: Maxwell, Seattle. One goal, used his quickness well.