Vancouver 6, Everett 3

TALKING POINTS

This is not the same Vancouver Giants team we saw earlier in the season.

Everett won the first three meetings between the teams, and Vancouver did not look particularly threatening in those games. But the Giants have transformed. Vancouver was physically too much for the Tips to handle tonight, as they dominated the puck battles along the boards and won the races. Vancouver’s forwards were big, strong and physical, and that carried the day for the Giants, who swept the home-and-home set.

It also looks at though the Tips are ready for the Christmas break. Everett is in the midst of five games in seven days to end the first half, and the Tips appear a bit worn down. Having ice-time eaters Mirco Mueller and Manraj Hayer unavailable doesn’t help. Everett’s 16-year-old defensemen have performed admirably so far this season, but they’re experiencing this kind of a heavy schedule for the first time in their lives, and they looked a little more like 16-year-olds tonight.

Everett has two games remaining in the first half and the Tips would like to stop the bleeding as Everett has dropped five of its past six. But it will be no easy task as those final two games come at home against Spokane on Sunday and at Portland on Tuesday.

Finally, former Silvertip Trent Lofthouse scored again against his former team. He has eight goals this season, and three of those have come against Everett. But the Tips can take solace from the fact it isn’t just them. Two more of his goals came against his other former team, Victoria. It seems Lofthouse gets fired up to face his former teams.

TURNING POINT

Although Vancouver had the physical edge throughout, the score was tied 2-2 going into the third period. But Everett took a penalty in the first minute, and the Giants needed just four seconds to convert as Carter Popoff intercepted the faceoff and immediately forced the puck over Everett goaltender Austin Lotz’s shoulder, giving Vancouver a lead it wouldn’t relinquish.

That was the only power play Everett allowed tonight, and the Tips have been extremely disciplined of late. However, that discipline isn’t really working for Everett as, over the past five games, the Tips have allowed opponents to go 4-for-9 on the power play.

THREE STARS

First star: Jackson Houck, Vancouver. Two goals and one assist, was a key component in Vancouver’s physical edge.

Second star: Popoff. One goal and one assist, was shifty and made plays.

Third star: Jujhar Khaira, Everett. One goal, tried to match Vancouver’s physicality.

The Herald’s honorable mention: Dalton Sward, Vancouver. One assist, was a demon on the forecheck.

BOX SCORE

Vancouver 6, Everett 3

More in Sports

Everett’s Stephan Erosa, left, competes against Arlington Brantly StupeyThursday night at Arlington High School in Arlington on January 18, 2018. The Eagles won 37-25.(Kevin Clark / The Daily Herald)
Arlington wrestlers scrap to 37-25 win over Everett

Aggressive lineup moves pay off for the Eagles in a big Wesco 3A North win over the Seagulls.

Huskies fall to Utah 70-62 for 2nd straight Pac-12 loss

Washington shoots just 38.5 percent from the field in defeat.

Thursday’s prep scores, links to recaps

BOYS BASKETBALL Northwest 2A Anacortes 71, Lakewood 52 Northwest 1B Grace Academy… Continue reading

Additions of Murray, Sharp give Silvertips depth

After a ‘crazy busy’ week upon being traded to Everett, the new duo is finally settling in.

No. 13 Gonzaga falls to rival Saint Mary’s 74-71

Jock Landale scores 26 points as the Gaels take sole possession of first place in the WCC.

POLL RESULTS: Edgar Martinez is getting in the Hall of Fame

Fifty-nine percent of responders believe the Seattle Mariners legend will be elected this year.

Coupeville boys basketball celebrating 101st anniversary Friday

The Coupeville High School boys basketball program is celebrating its… Continue reading

Lakewood’s Perry earns WIAA Athlete of the Week honors

Lakewood girls basketball star Jelly Perry earned Athlete of the Week honors… Continue reading

Kamiak senior’s 52-point outburst this season was historic

Carson Tuttle’s performance was one of the best in the history of current Wesco 4A and 3A schools.

Most Read