KENT — Perfection.
The Everett Silvertips capped a perfect preseason Saturday night by defeating the Seattle Thunderbirds 5-3 in their preseason finale.
Everett, which barely scraped into the playoffs last season by finishing eighth in the WHL’s 10-team Western Conference, finished 7-0 in the preseason. The Tips, who were the lowest-scoring team in the league last season, are also the highest-scoring team in the preseason with 36 goals. Everett scored five or more goals in each of its final five games of the preseason.
Sixteen-year-old defenseman Kevin Davis led the way for Everett, tallying a goal and two assists. He played a part in two of the three goals the Tips scored in the final three minutes of the first period to turn a 1-1 tie into a 4-1 lead.
Carson Stadnyk, Linden Penner, Matt Pufahl and Dawson Leedahl also scored for Everett, which finished off a sweep of a home-and-home weekend set against the T-birds. Daniel Cotton made 24 saves to earn the win in goal for the Tips.
Alexander Delnov, Branden Troock and Roberts Lipsbergs scored for Seattle (4-3). Justin Myles made 32 saves in net for the T-birds.
Silvertips 5, Thunderbirds 3
First Period—1, Everett, Davis 2 (MacDonald, Hopponen), 10:11 (pp). 2, Seattle, Delnov 5 (Hickman), 16:00 (sh). 3, Everett, Stadnyk 3 (Davis, Hayer), 17:28. 4, Everett, Penner 2 (Davis, Nikolishin), 17:49. 5, Everett, Pufahl 1 (Bauml), 18:44 (pp). Penalties—Hickman, Seattle (roughing), 5:00; Pufahl, Everett (roughing), 8:59; Swenson, Seattle (roughing), 8:59; Smith, Seattle (holding), 9:30; Honey, Seattle (slashing), 14:38; Folk, Seattle (interference), 18:07; Honey, Seattle (cross checking), 19:22.
Second period—6, Seattle, Troock 1 (Honey, Delnov), 2:27. 7, Everett, Leedahl 1 (Bauml), 7:26 (pp). Penalties—Hickman, Seattle (high sticking-high sticking), 3:48; Nikolishin, Everett (delay of game), 8:00; Low, Everett (hooking), 15:31.
Third Period—8, Seattle, Lipsbergs 2(Delnov, Hickman), 18:46. Penalties—Aasman, Everett (fighting), 5:55; Wardley, Seattle (instigator-fighting-game misconduct), 5:55; Troock, Seattle (roughing-roughing-10-minute misconduct), 13:09; Bauml, Everett (10-minute misconduct), 14:43; Sheen, Seattle (10-minute misconduct), 14:43; Zipp, Everett (roughing), 19:16.
Shots on goal—Everett 20-9-8—37. Seattle 8-10-9—27. Power-play opportunities—Everett 3 of 9. Seattle 0 of 3.
Goalies—Everett, Cotton 3-0 (27 shots, 24 saves). Seattle, Myles 2-1 (37 shots, 32 saves).