Silvertips top Blazers 7-6 in OT

KAMLOOPS, B.C. — For the second straight night the Everett Silvertips played a wild one. And for the second straight night the Tips came out on top.

Joshua Winquist scored the game-winning goal in overtime as the Tips won a topsy-turvy contest against the Kamloops Blazers 7-6 Saturday night.

Everett played from behind all night long, but scored four times in the third period to take a 6-5 lead, only for Kamloops’ Cole Ully to tie the score with 6.9 seconds remaining in regulation to force overtime.

However, the Tips got a power play in overtime — Everett’s sixth power play between the third period and OT — and Winquist one-timed in a feed from Matt Pufahl to end it.

The victory came one night after the Tips won a wild 6-5 decision at Vancouver. The high-scoring games were a departure for the Tips, who came into the weekend having scored 35 goals and allowed 25 in 12 games.

Winquist finished with a goal and three assists to lead Everett (10-2-2-0), which has won four straight. Pufahl, Ben Betker, Cole MacDonald, Tyler Sandhu, Manraj Hayer and Dawson Leedahl also scored for the Tips, who finished 4-for-9 on the power play. Austin Lotz earned the win in goal with 24 saves.

Chase Souto had two goals and two assists and Matt Needham added a goal and three assists for Kamloops (4-9-1-0), which dropped its third straight. Aspen Sterzer and Josh Connolly also scored for the Blazers, while Taran Kozun made 29 saves in net.

Everett trailed 4-2 going into the third, but knotted it up with two goals in 11 seconds early in the period. Sandhu put home a rebound on the power play at 2 minutes, 7 seconds to get the Tips within one, and Hayer converted a feed from Winquist in transition just after the ensuing face-off to make it 4-4.

Kamloops, which had led since the 6:25 mark of the first period, regained the lead at 5:32 when Needham’s shot hit Lotz’s chest, rolled over his shoulder and into the net. But Leedahl took advantage of a Kamloops turnover and just got the puck past Kozun at 7:02 to tie it again. Then the Tips received a short five-on-three power play and converted on Pufahl’s wrister from the point at 15:22 to take their first lead of the game.

Kamloops pressured late with Kozun pulled for an extra attacker, and when the Tips couldn’t clear the zone, Ully put home a rebound with seconds remaining to get the game to overtime. But it was Everett that had the final say.

Silvertips 7, Blazers 6 (OT)

Everett1141—7

Kamloops2220—6

First Period—1, Kamloops, Sterzer 5 (Souto, Needham), 6:25. 2, Kamloops, Souto 8, 13:00 (pp). 3, Everett, Betker 1 (Winquist), 19:13. Penalties—Winquist, Everett (tripping), 0:45; Aasman, Everett (boarding-fighting), 12:17; Rehill, Kamloops (fighting), 12:17; Low, Everett (tripping), 14:49; Thomas, Kamloops (roughing), 17:24; MacDonald, Everett (playing with broken stick), 18:53.

Second Period—4, Kamloops, Souto 9, 7:17. 5, Everett, MacDonald 1 (Nikolishin, Pufahl), 11:12 (pp). 6, Kamloops, Connolly 4 (Needham, Rehill), 18:38. Penalties—Betker, Everett (fighting), 9:41; Macklin, Kamloops (instigator-fighting-10-minute misconduct), 9:41; Everett bench (too many men, served by Sandhu), 16:56; Ness, Kamloops (tripping), 17:59.

Third Period—7, Everett, Sandhu 3 (MacDonald, Mueller), 2:07 (pp). 8, Everett, Hayer 9 (Winquist), 2:18. 9, Kamloops, Needham 1 (Souto), 5:32. 10, Everett, Leedahl 3, 7:02. 11, Everett, Pufahl 6 (Aasman, Winquist), 15:22 (pp). 12, Kamloops, Ully 6 (Connolly, Needham), 19:53. Penalties—Grist, Kamloops (elbowing), 0:59; Grist, Kamloops (tripping), 8:07; Souto, Kamloops (cross checking), 11:05; Needham, Kamloops (checking from behind), 13:30; Rehill, Kamloops (high sticking), 15:13.

Shots on goal—Everett 8-9-16-3—36. Kamloops 9-14-6-1—30. Power-play opportunities—Everett 4 of 9. Kamloops 1 of 5.

Goalies—Everett, Lotz 9-2-1-0 (30 shots, 24 saves). Kamloops, Kozun 1-6-1-0 (36 shots, 29 saves).

A—4,227.

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