BLOG: Thunderbirds coach Matt O’Dette again has harsh words for officials

If things stay as they are, the Everett Silvertips and Seattle Thunderbirds will meet in the first round of the WHL playoffs as the 1-8 matchup.

The teams have plenty of recent history. The T-Birds needed just nine games to eliminate the Tips the past two seasons in the Western Conference semifinals en route to back-to-back conference titles (and last year’s Memorial Cup).

Saturday’s game gave us another indication of how explosive a potential first-round matchup would be as Seattle head coach Matt O’Dette once again had some harsh words for the officiating crew after the game.

“(Everett is) a good team, obviously, but the thought that they don’t take any penalties is not true,” O’Dette said. “The little cross checks and the little slashes, the little things like that, they get away with it. They get away with it and we don’t. That’s the bottom line. Turner Ottenbreit can’t even look at a guy and not get a penalty.”

A non-call on a perceived slash irked O’Dette as Seattle’s Donovan Neuls had his stick snapped in half seconds before Everett’s Connor Dewar tied the game 1-1 at 11:35 in the second period.

“Obviously that’s a slash,” O’Dette said. “You can’t break a guy’s stick, and it led to the goal. All we ask for is a fair and even standard and we never get it against Everett. Never. Plain and (expletive) simple… It’s a stereotype that we’re this big, bad goon squad and they’re angels, and that’s not the case. That’s clearly a penalty that led to a goal, and just to rub it in our face we get a slashing call right after that. It’s just time and time again we see this. We’re used to it. It’s par for the course, I guess.”

Speaking of Ottenbreit – the captain had this to say afterward:

“They’re celebrating on our ice like they just won the Stanley Cup and it’s whatever. Good for them. They won a game. Sweet. I hope we get them in the playoffs. It’s a great rivalry and I know it would be fun.”

Garrett Pilon eventually scored the game-winner less than three minutes into the third with one of Everett’s prettiest goals of the season:

To paraphrase Ottenbreit, it’s whatever. Tips have a game at 4 today and two more regular-season games with Seattle before it’s all said and done.

For the latest Silvertips news follow Jesse Geleynse on Twitter.

Talk to us

More in Sports

Granite Falls' Kaleb Roberts rushes with Sultan's Kaden Harwick closing Friday night in Sultan on February 26, 2021 (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
Friday night lights finally back on

Granite Falls beats rival Sultan in OT in the area’s first prep football game in more than 15 months.

Seattle Mariners' Julio Rodriguez waits to bat during spring training baseball practice Thursday, Feb. 25, 2021, in Peoria, Ariz. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
Mariners prospect learning from Seattle icon

Julio Rodriguez, just barely 20 years old, is relishing an opportunity to work with Ichiro Suzuki.

Arizona guard Bennedict Mathurin (0), left, and center Christian Koloko (35) smother Washington forward Nate Roberts (1) as they fight for a loose ball goes to the ground in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, Feb. 27, 2021, in Tucson, Ariz. (Kelly Presnell/Arizona Daily Star via AP)
Huskies edged by Arizona in regular-season finale

Washington’s difficult regular season comes to an end with a hard-fought 75-74 loss on the road.

High School football teams across Snohomish County are closing in on their first game in over a year. (Herald file photos)
Prep football: Key games and the area’s complete schedule

The first H.S. football game in the county in over a year is set to take place this coming Friday.

Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll, right, talks to quarterback Russell Wilson (3) during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 4, 2020 in Miami Gardens, Fla. The Seahawks defeated the Dolphins 31-23.(AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)
Reports show growing divide between Wilson, Seahawks

But despite the star quarterback’s apparent unhappiness, a trade in 2021 remains unlikely.

Austin Johnson, 26 years-old, trains on the Centennial Trail in Lake Stevens and is planning to do a 24-hour run to raise money for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.  (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
24 hours, 80 miles, $23k raised for mental health

Austin Johnson completes a 24-hour run along the Centennial Trail to raise money for suicide prevention.

Quarterback Tanner Jellison runs a play with running backs Jay Roughton, left, and Trayce Hanks as the Lake Stevens High School football team conducts its first practice, marking the first day of practice for fall sports in the Wesco division, on Monday, Feb. 22, 2021 in Lake Stevens, Washington.  (Andy Bronson / The Herald)
Wesco high school sports teams’ long layoff finally ends

For the first time in more than 450 days, Wesco fall athletes gathered for official practices.

Everett Silvertips' Jake Christiansen takes a shot on goal during the game on Sunday, Jan. 26, 2020 in Everett, Wash. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Silvertips release abbreviated 24-game schedule

Everett will open its season against Spokane at Angel of the Winds Arena on March 20.

Gonzaga forward Corey Kispert passes the ball during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against San Diego in Spokane, Wash., Saturday, Feb. 20, 2021. (AP Photo/Young Kwak)
Gonzaga’s Kispert finalist for Erving Award

The Edmonds native is among the final five to be the top small forward in college basketball.

A law enforcement officer looks over a damaged vehicle following a rollover accident involving golfer Tiger Woods, Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2021, in the Rancho Palos Verdes suburb of Los Angeles. Woods suffered leg injuries in the one-car accident and was undergoing surgery, authorities and his manager said. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)
L.A. sheriff calls Tiger Woods crash ‘purely an accident’

Deputies saw no evidence the golf star was impaired by drugs or alcohol after Tuesday’s rollover.

Seattle Mariners general manager Jerry Dipoto talks about the suspension of second baseman Robinson Cano, before the team's baseball game against the Texas Rangers on Tuesday, May 15, 2018, in Seattle. Cano was suspended 80 games for violating baseball's joint drug agreement. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
Mariners doing damage control with players after Mather’s video

GM Jerry Dipoto and manager Scott Servais say the players involved have every right to be upset.

Arizona Diamondbacks' Travis Snider singles against the Texas Rangers during a spring training baseball game Thursday, March 5, 2020, in Surprise, Ariz. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
Community sports roundup: Ex-Jackson star Snider joins Braves

Plus, a former Monroe QB is excelling at Whitworth, the Silvertips sign a former T-bird, and more.