KENT — The Everett Silvertips mounted a comeback, but in the end they put themselves into too big a hole.
Everett couldn’t recover from a disastrous first period, and the Tips fell 5-3 to the Seattle Thunderbirds on Tuesday night.
Roberts Lipsbergs scored a hat trick, including both goals in the first period, as the T-birds dominated through the first 25 minutes and built a 3-0 lead. Everett fought back in the second to tie it up at 3-3, but it was Lipsbergs who again broke the tie, this time early in the third.
Jesse Forsberg and Justin Hickman also scored for Seattle (12-12-1-0), while Brandon Glover earned the win in goal with 20 saves.
Kohl Bauml, Joshua Winquist and Carson Stadnyk scored, while Reid Petryk had three assists for Everett (10-17-0-2). Daniel Cotton made 33 saves in net for the Tips.
Everett was looking for a quick bounce back following Sunday’s 8-2 home loss to Kelowna, but instead the Tips found themselves behind 2-0 less than six minutes into the game. Lipsbergs scored his first at 3:24, redirecting Connor Honey’s shot past Cotton. Then Lipsbergs made it 2-0 on the power play at 5:36, putting home a rebound. The T-birds ended up outshooting Everett 19-3 in the period.
It seemed a lost night for Everett when Forsberg’s wrister got through Cotton while short-handed at 4:21 of the second, giving the T-birds a 3-0 lead.
But Everett came storming back during the second half of the second period. Bauml began it by converting a nice feed from Petryk while short-handed at 10:21. The Tips pulled within one on the power play at 15:38 when Winquist put in a rebound. Then Stadnyk tied it at 17:22, scoring on a rebound of his own to knot it at 3-3.
However, it all proved for naught for the Tips. Lipsbergs took advantage of a bad turnover by Dawson Leedahl to give the T-birds the lead again 1:56 into the third period. Hickman added insurance at 15:21, scoring shortly after coming out of the penalty box.
Thunderbirds 5, Silvertips 3
First Period—1, Seattle, Lipsbergs 7 (Honey, Delnov), 3:24. 2, Seattle, Lipsbergs 8 (Hickman, Lockhart), 5:36 (pp). Penalties—Sandhu, Everett (hooking), 5:06.
Second Period—3, Seattle, Forsberg 2 (Swenson), 4:21 (sh). 4, Everett, Bauml 9 (Petryk), 10:21 (sh). 5, Everett, Winquist 9 (Mueller, Petryk), 15:38. 6, Everett, Stadnyk 4 (Lofthouse, Petryk), 17:22. Penalties—Foulk, Seattle (slashing), 2:29; Lofthouse, Everett (high sticking), 8:32; Hauf, Seattle (interference), 10:36; Oslanski, Everett (slashing), 11:57; Grayson, Everett (fighting-game misconduct), 14:14; Elliot, Seattle (fighting-game misconduct), 14:14; Hauf, Seattle (hooking), 14:48.
Third Period—7, Seattle, Lipsbergs 9 (Honey), 1:56. 8, Seattle, Hickman 5 (Swenson), 15:21. Penalties—Winquist, Everett (goaltender interference-roughing), 12:14; Hauf, Seattle (roughing), 12:14; Hickman, Seattle (slashing), 13:11; Hayer, Everett (slashing), 19:42.
Shots on goal—Everett 3-8-12—23. Seattle 19-6-13—38. Power-play opportunities—Everett 1 of 4. Seattle 1 of 5.
Goalies—Everett, Cotton 7-6-0-0 (38 shots, 33 saves). Seattle, Glover 11-9-1-0 (23 shots, 20 saves).