Seattle 4, Everett 1, losing streak reaches 10

TALKING POINTS

For three seasons Everett and Seattle haven’t been very good. But I have to say, over those three years the games between the teams sure have been compelling, and tonight was no exception. This one was witnessed by an electric sold-out crowd that created what had to be about the best ever atmosphere for a game between two teams that had combined to lose 16 straight.

And Seattle did what it needed to win. The T-birds scored twice in the final 1:08 of the first period, just moments after Everett had opened the scoring. Seattle then survived the second period and shut the Tips down in the third before securing the victory late.

The loss was Everett’s 10th straight, matching the franchise’s worst ever losing streak, which happened last season. And throughout the skid the refrain has been the same: The Tips can’t find the net. Not enough shots on goal (21 tonight), not enough cutting edge when presented with scoring chances.

And suddenly the race for the Western Conference’s final two playoff berths has tightened like a vice. Seattle has caught Everett for seventh place and has a game in hand. Prince George, which also has a game in hand, is now just three points back. The Tips have to get things turned around fast or the franchise’s streak of making the playoffs in every season of existence is going to evaporate.

TURNING POINT

It turned on a dime late in the first. Everett’s Manraj Hayer had just given the Tips the lead with a bullet shot on the power play. But before the home crowd was even done celebrating, Seattle tied it on Alexander Delnov’s one-timer in the slot 32 seconds later. Then another 54 seconds later Roberts Lipsbergs lasered a shot off the rush into the top corner, giving the T-birds what turned out to be all the goals they needed.

THREE STARS

First star: Brandon Glover, Seattle. 20 saves, made some key stops in the second period.

Second star: Delnov. One goal, it came when Seattle needed it most.

Third star: Hayer. One goal, it was a great shot.

The Herald’s honorable mention: none. I’m not sure I’d describe anyone as a star tonight.

BOX SCORE

Seattle 4, Everett 1

More in Sports

Silvertips are team in transition this season

Their new coach is expected to implement a more up-tempo style of play.

Rushing attack a dominant force for Monroe football

Pairing a massive, physical O-line with star RB Isaiah Lewis is a ‘lethal’ recipe for the Bearcats.

M’s lose to Rangers 4-2, late-season skid hits 6 games

Seattle falls five games back in the AL wild-card race with just nine games remaining.

Silvertips’ new coach traveled long, bumpy road to Everett

Dennis Williams made coaching stops in New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Alabama, Texas and Illinois.

Silvertips overagers bonded by their common experience

Bajkov, Fonteyne and Davis have been together their entire careers, making them a rarity in the WHL

Thursday’s prep results and links

Thursday’s prep results and links: BOYS TENNIS Wesco 4A Jackson vs. Kamiak… Continue reading

Capsules of the key prep football games in Week 4

Last year’s game between Glacier Peak and Jackson produced one of the… Continue reading

Prep football picks for Week 4

Steve Willits Co-host of Preps Sports Weekly Shorecrest over Lynnwood Oak Harbor… Continue reading

Thursday’s prep stars of the night:

Avery Harber, Everett swimming Harber, a freshman, won all four events she… Continue reading

Most Read