KENNEWICK — The Everett Silvertips earned a valuable point Friday night.
However, the Tips lost a lead, and they may also have lost their No. 1 goaltender.
The Tri-City Americans overcame a third-period deficit to defeat the Tips 3-2 in overtime.
Carter Ashton scored the deciding goal on a power play in overtime as Tri-City (38-21-2-2) stopped a three-game losing streak.
Everett (27-27-6-4) still earned a point by getting the game into OT, but the Tips missed out on further securing their spot in sixth place in the Western Conference. And Everett may have suffered a serious blow when goaltender Kent Simpson had to leave the game late in the second period because of an apparent injury. Simpson, who was making his 19th straight start, has been the driving force in Everett’s playoff push.
Kruise Reddick scored late in the third period to tie it for Tri-City, and Matt MacKenzie also scored for the Americans. Tri-City goalie Drew Owsley, playing for the first time since Feb. 12 because of a knee injury, made 30 saves.
Josh Birkholz and Scott MacDonald scored for Everett, which lost its third straight. The Tips continued to struggle in games that reach extra time. Everett is now 2-10 in games decided in either overtime or a shootout.
Simpson saved 27 of the 28 shots he faced before departing. Luke Siemens stopped 10 of 12 in relief.
Everett welcomed Birkholz and captain Landon Ferraro back from injury layoffs. Ferraro missed 18 games because of hernia surgery, Birkholz missed four games because of a head injury.
Everett took the lead just 1 minute, 52 seconds into the game when Birkholz fired a wrister from the circle past Owsley off the inside of the post. Tri-City answered on the power play at 5:17, MacKenzie blasting a slap shot from the point past Simpson.
The Tips regained the lead 5:34 into the second period when Clayton Cumiskey won a battle and fed MacDonald, who snapped a shot past Owsley. The Tips survived the rest of the period as the Americans twice hit the crossbar. Then with 7.3 seconds remaining in the period Simpson skated slowly off the ice and did not return.
Everett held onto its lead until 5:45 remained in regulation, Reddick putting away a feed from Brendan Shinnimin. Then in OT Ashton converted a feed from Reddick on the four-on-three to end it.
Americans 3, Silvertips 2 (OT)
Everett 1 1 0 0 — 2
Tri-City 1 0 1 1 — 3
First Period–1, Everett, Birkholz 17 (Yadlowski, Murray), 1:52. 2, Tri-City, MacKenzie 6 (Holland, J. Messier), 5:17 (pp). Penalties–Murray, Everett (holding), 5:10.
Second Period–3, Everett, MacDonald 9 (Cumiskey, Murray), 5:34. Penalties–Grist, Tri-City (interference), 2:50; Rissanen, Everett (charging), 8:31; Rissanen, Everett (unsportsmanlike conduct), 13:39; Ashton, Tri-City (unsportsmanlike conduct), 13:39.
Third Period–4, Tri-City, Reddick 16 (Shinnimin, MacKenzie), 14:15. Penalties–Shinnimin, Tri-City (checking from behind), 7:36; Birkholz, Everett (cross checking), 16:30.
Overtime–5, Tri-City, Ashton 27 (Reddick, MacKenzie), 2:52 (pp). Penalties–Stanfield, Everett (slashing), 2:23.
Shots on goal–Everett 12-14-6-0–32. Tri-City 15-13-10-2–40. Power-play opportunities–Everett 0 of 2. Tri-City 2 of 4.
Goalies–Everett, Simpson (28 shots, 27 saves), Siemens 6-7-1-0 (12 shots, 10 saves). Tri-City, Owsley 31-14-1-1 (32 shots, 30 saves).