Barrie overcomes bad start in the net

EVERETT — Under the circumstances, it would have been understandable had Shayne Barrie crumpled like a wadded up piece of paper headed for the wastebasket.

His first start in the WHL and the Everett Silvertips goaltender sees two pucks slip into his net inside three minutes of the game’s opening drop.

But instead of folding, Barrie showed resolve, and as a result he earned his first career victory.

After the horrific start Barrie stopped everything else that came his way, and the Silvertips fought back to defeat the Brandon Wheat Kings 5-2 Friday night in WHL action.

“It feels unbelievable, I’m so relieved right now,” Barrie said. “It was a bit of a rough start there with those quick two, but I just kept focused and we got the W. I’m so happy, I’m just relieved.”

Dane Crowley scored what proved to be the decisive goal midway through the third period for Everett (7-6-0-0), which cracked the .500 barrier for the first time this season.

Dan Gendur, Vitali Karamnov, Matt Ius and Brennan Sonne also scored for the Tips. For Ius it was his first career WHL goal.

But Barrie was the true hero for Everett. After giving up Tyler Dittmer’s goal just 2 minutes, 6 seconds in, then watching a bad bounce lead to Brayden Schenn’s goal a mere 34 seconds later, it looked as though Everett’s backup netminder was in for a long night.

But instead, the 18-year-old rookie with a grand total of 28 minutes of WHL experience behind him shut the door. Brandon threw everything it could at Barrie the remainder of the first period, firing off 18 shots on goal. But nothing else managed to get through. Then the Tips adjusted after the first period, slowing down Brandon’s offense and outshooting the Wheat Kings 24-11 the rest of the way.

“Two-and-a-half in I was thinking, ‘Oh boy, poor kid,’” Everett coach John Becanic said.

“I didn’t think it was possible (for Barrie to recover), I’ll be honest,” Becanic added. “I just thought, ‘No use pulling him.’ You’ve got to find out if a guy can play, and he proved it against a good team tonight.”

Barrie finished with 27 saves.

“(After the first two goals) I was thinking, ‘What have I got myself into, I guess it’s going to be a long game,’” Barrie said. “But you just have to put those behind you and you’ve got to be mentally strong. I thought I battled through it. It’s a confidence booster.”

Joe Caligiuri made 31 saves in goal for Brandon (7-6-0-1), which lost its fifth straight.

The start couldn’t have been any worse for Everett. Brandon was all over the Tips from the beginning and had a 2-0 lead before three minutes had elapsed.

First, at 2:06, Andrew Clark’s wraparound attempt from behind the net was saved. However the puck hung up at the post and Dittmer was able to hack it in on his second attempt, giving the Wheat Kings a 1-0 lead.

It was 2-0 a half-minute later. Barrie went behind his net to play a dump-in, but the puck took an awkward bounce off the boards. Schenn was able to get to it and put it in an unguarded net before Barrie could recover.

The Wheat Kings continued to press, finishing with 18 shots in the period, but the Tips were able to pull a goal back at 13:15. Zach Hamill held off his defender while steaming up the left side, then backhanded a pass across the crease for Gendur to put in at the far post, cutting the deficit to 2-1.

Brandon didn’t have quite as much jump in the second period and Everett was able to equalize 6:22 in. Shane Harper took the puck behind the Brandon net and backhanded a pass out front, where Karamnov was able to poke it under Caligiuri to make it 2-2.

Crowley finally gave Everett the lead at 8:53 of the third period, blasting a slap shot from the right point that clanged in off the far post. Ius added an insurance goal at 10:00, tipping a rebound in after a coast-to-coast effort by Taylor Ellington. Sonne scored into an empty net with 22.3 seconds remaining to complete the scoring.

Slap shots: Everett was again without captain Jonathan Harty. The defenseman missed his third straight game because of a hip pointer. … Brandon was also without its captain, Daryl Boyle. Boyle was serving a one-game suspension for a match penalty received Wednesday at Tri-City. The Wheat Kings were also without right wing Robert Brandis, who picked up a two-game suspension for his interference major penalty Wednesday. … There were delays before both the second and third periods as there was excess water left on the ice after the intermission resurfacing.

Nick Patterson’s Silvertips blog:

Silvertips 5, Wheat Kings 2



First Period—1, Brandon, Dittmer 11 (Clark, Lowry), 2:06. 2, Brandon, Schenn 3, 2:40. 3, Everett, Gendur 7 (Hamill, Beach), 13:15. Penalties—Dittmer, Brandon (high sticking), 9:49.

Second Period—4, Everett, Karamnov 2 (Harper, Mistelbacher), 6:22. Penalties—Ellington, Everett (roughing), 17:54.

Third Period—5, Everett, Crowley 3, 8:53. 6, Everett, Ius 1 (Ellington), 10:00. 7, Everett, Sonne 2, 19:37 (sh-en). Penalties—Gendur, Everett (holding), 2:24; Clark, Brandon (hooking), 6:15; Dittmer, Brandon (checking from behind), 10:16; Karamnov, Everett (hooking), 16:53; Crowley, Everett (hooking) 19:18.

Shots on goal—Brandon 18-7-4—29. Everett 12-10-14—36. Power-play opportunities—Brandon 0 of 4. Everett 0 of 3. Goalies—Brandon, Caligiuri 7-5-0-0 (35 shots, 31 saves). Everett, Barrie 1-1-0-0 (29 shots, 27 saves). A—6,027.

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