That was quite the way for the Everett Silvertips to end yet another three-in-three weekend. The Tips turned in one of their gutsiest performances of the season as they came from behind to tie the game late and win in overtime. It was the opposite of Saturday where they never trailed in a 3-2 shootout loss at Seattle.
– There were heroes aplenty including Everett native Wyatte Wylie who scored twice and assisted Connor Dewar’s game-winning goal. Wylie’s second goal came on the shift immediately following Spokane taking a 5-3 lead early in the third.
Everett head coach Dennis Williams bemoaned Everett’s lack of “going to the tough areas” in Saturday’s loss at Seattle, but was pleased with the Tips’ response Sunday.
“It was much better and I thought it contributed to some of those goals we scored from the point,” Williams said, referring specifically to Wylie’s two goals. “We had guys out over top of them there. It’s something that we’re going to keep harping on the rest of the year.”
– Then there was Dewar, who scored Everett’s final two goals and added an assist. He now has 27 and 21, and is officially averaging a point per game. Dewar has 13 goals and six assists during his current 10-game point streak.
– The heroics from Dewar and Wylie overshadowed Patrick Bajkov tying Zach Hamill’s club points record with two assists Sunday – including Dewar’s game-tying goal late in the third period.
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– Many people (including me) expected rookie backup Dustin Wolf to get the start in net today. But Carter Hart “felt good” after Saturday’s game and told the coaches such, so Williams went with Hart once again.
Hart had an uncharacteristic day with five goals allowed – causing his GAA to “soar” to 1.51 and causing his save percentage to “shrink” to .953. The most egregious mistake came when Hart misplayed the puck off the boards early in the third period leading to Spokane’s fifth and final goal.
“I just fanned on the rim,” he said. “That was pretty crappy, but oh well.”
If nothing else, Hart’s performance Sunday shows he is, in fact, human.
– Riley Sutter was a healthy scratch. Turns out the WHL rules state that players can only play games in up to three consecutive days. Since Sutter played Thursday at the CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game he had to sit out Sunday’s game.
– The Tips earned five of six possible points this weekend and have a 10-game point streak. They remain five points in front of Portland for the division lead. Portland has one game in hand so Wednesday’s game in the Rose City has big ramifications for both teams.
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