By Nick Patterson Herald Writer
EVERETT — The Everett Silvertips opened the preseason with a rematch against their first-round playoff opponent from a season ago. The result was much the same as it was in the spring.
Justin Feser scored twice as the Tri-City Americans knocked off the Tips 4-1 on the first day of the Holiday Inn Preseason Classic on Friday night at Comcast Arena.
Everett was swept by Tri-City in the first round last season. With the Tips fielding a lineup that included 14 would-be rookies and just one overager among their 20 players, they weren’t quite able to keep up with the Americans on Friday.
“I thought our young kids fared very well,” said Everett coach Mark Ferner, who singled out 17-year-old Carson Stadnyk and 16-year-olds Dawson Leedahl, Ty Mappin and Tyler Sandhu for praise. “The compete level was there and you can see the instincts in their game. But some of our older guys were just going through the motions.”
Phil Tot and Michal Plutnar also scored for Tri-City. Goaltender Eric Comrie turned away all eight shots he faced during the first half of the game. Evan Sarthou stopped 13 of 14 in the second half.
Stadnyk scored the lone goal for Everett, which faces Spokane tonight. Andy Desautels stopped eight of the 10 shots he faced in goal. Troy Trombley saved 17 of 19 in relief.
Tri-City was the sharper team, particularly during the second period when the Americans outshot the Tips 14-4, and Tri-City led 3-0 going into the third period. The Tips picked up their play in the third and pulled a goal back, but Feser scored his second less than a minute later to thwart any comeback bid.
“At times our shifts were way too long, especially for the first game of the preseason,” Ferner said. “I know they want to make a positive impression, but if we want to play a certain way, we can’t be out there that long. We need to kick some of our veterans in the butt, too.”
Tri-City jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first period. Feser opened the scoring on the power play at 6 minutes, 10 seconds, wristing a shot from the right circle into the top corner. Then Tot made it 2-0 at 18:39, diving to poke home a loose puck that trickled under Desautels.
The Americans began to take control of the game in the second period, out-shooting the Tips 14-4. However, it was an unfortunate goal that padded Tri-City’s lead. Plutnar just slid the puck goalward from the right halfboards, and the puck squeezed under Trombley to make it 3-0.
Everett got itself back into the game in the third thanks to some physical play, and the Tips scored at 9:59 when Stadnyk, alone in front, slipped the puck just under Sarthou. However, just 50 seconds later, Feser poked the puck over Trombley after Tri-City’s forecheck forced the puck loose in front.
In the earlier game, Alex Schoenborn scored 3:05 into overtime to give the Portland Winterhawks a 4-3 victory over the Seattle Thunderbirds. Taylor Peters, Chase De Leo and Josh Hanson also scored for Portland. Justin Hickman, Seth Swenson and Branden Troock scored for Seattle.
Americans 4, Silvertips 1
First Period—1, Tri-City, Feser 1 (Tot, Topping), 6:10 (pp). 2, Tri-City, Tot 1 (Nickles, Feser), 18:39. Penalties—Filbrandt, Tri-City (hooking), 0:33; McPhee, Everett (checking from behind), 5:56.
Second Period—3, Tri-City, Plutnar 1, 18:02. Penalties—Leedahl, Everett (tripping), 0:33; Dallman, Tri-City (kneeing), 6:45; J. Messier, Tri-City (goaltender interference), 13:10.
Third Period—4, Everett, Stadnyk 1 (Soumelidis, Chynoweth), 9:59. 5, Tri-City, Feser 2 (Nickles, Tot), 10:49. Penalties—Chynoweth, Everett (elbowing), 12:10; Mappin, Everett (cross checking), 16:53; Walter, Tri-City (slashing), 19:20.
Shots on goal—Tri-City 7-14-8—29. Everett 7-4-11—22. Power-play opportunities—Tri-City 1 of 4. Everett 0 of 4.
Goalies—Tri-City, Comrie 1-0 (8 shots, 8 saves), Sarthou (14 shots, 13 saves). Everett, Desautels 0-1 (10 shots, 8 saves), Trombley (19 shots, 17 saves).