To borrow sports parlance, the Everett Silvertips “got the result they were looking for” while playing the rare Saturday-Sunday-Monday three-in-three.
Then came a pair of gutsy victories.
The Tips allowed the first goal again Sunday, erased it to take a 2-1 lead, then surrendered that lead and a late 3-2 advantage before edging host Portland 4-3 in a shootout.
On Monday the Tips took the early 2-0 lead before holding off Tri-City 6-5 in a back-and-forth final two periods at home.
What We Learned
– Everett can now win in myriad ways.
The Tips can win with strong goaltending like they got from Carter Hart Friday at Spokane. They can win a back-and-forth game on the road against a similarly built Portland team like they did Saturday. And they can out-score a team with their backup goalie in net like they did Sunday.
– Garrett Pilon is the creative offensive talent Everett needed for a legitimate second scoring line. He had a goal and an assist Monday – both of which were impressive.
With the game tied 2-2, Pilon chipped the puck off the half-wall past a defender to himself and found Matt Fonteyne entering the zone. Fonteyne then found Connor Dewar, who buried his second goal of the game for a 3-2 lead.
Pilon later broke a 4-4 tie with a one-time rocket from the left circle in the third period.
– The constant in all three wins was scoring two power-play goals. Everett has solved that midseason issue.
– “Big Walt” may have been the difference
I want to thank @Benton_Mike, the @WHLsilvertips and @C_Hart70 for welcoming me to #Everett today for a game. Nice to have you guys grab the win and more important, see what quality guys you are. Keep working and be blessed! Can’t wait to see you guys again. pic.twitter.com/tW7nTakQ5G
— WALTER JONES (@BigWalt71) January 16, 2018
The Silvertips have another big weekend with Brandon and Swift Current in town Saturday and Sunday.
Brandon sold big at the deadline, but still has the third-best winning percentage in the WHL. The trouble is that the top two teams – Swift Current and Moose Jaw – are in the same division.
Swift Current added a ton at the deadline as the Broncos hope to chase down Moose Jaw for the East Division title, the Scotty Munro Trophy and the Eastern Conference championship.
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