The Everett Silvertips were back at practice Tuesday, taking to the Xfinity Arena ice for the first time in a fortnight.
The boys are back in town (My apologies to Thin Lizzy). pic.twitter.com/Bpizt188J3
— Jesse Geleynse (@JesseGeleynse) October 17, 2017
Rookie goalie Dustin Wolf made his first appearance with the team since his hip surgery in the offseason and went through full drills. Blake Lyda also remains with the club in addition to starter Dorrin Luding. I saw Carter Hart (mono) in workout clothes crossing Broadway, presumably en route to Engineered Sports for an off-ice training session.
Head coach Dennis Williams didn’t have a specific update on either ailing goalie, only than that neither’s return is imminent. I take it as a positive sign that Wolf is back on the ice with the team. Williams said Hart skated sans pads Tuesday prior to practice.
Speaking of Hart: the netminder Tuesday was named to Team WHL for the Canada-Russia Series for the third straight year. Those games take place the first full week of November, so it remains to be seen if Hart will be healthy enough to participate. Nevertheless, it’s a tremendous honor and accomplishment to earn the nod for a third consecutive season.
— Everett Silvertips (@WHLsilvertips) October 17, 2017
It figures to be Luding between the pipes Wednesday when the Tips play host to the Tri-City Americans. It’s the third time the teams have squared off so far in the young season. The teams are 1-1.
“We know their tendencies,” Tips alternate captain Connor Dewar said. “Teams don’t really change a whole lot throughout the year. We know their guys and their threats and it’s different compared to going on the road swing.”
Added co-captain Matt Fonteyne: “They can score, they’re big, they work hard so it’s going to be a good game. We’re excited for the task and we’re excited to be back home.”
In other news:
– The Victoria Royals Monday announced they have signed forward Alex Bolshakov to a WHL standard player agreement.
We have signed 2002-born prospect @AlexBolshakov8 to a WHL contract!
— Victoria Royals (@victoriaroyals) October 16, 2017
Why is this important? Because Bolshakov is a native of Auburn and a current member of the Junior Silvertips U-16 team. He spent last season with the Sno-King Junior Thunderbirds bantam team.
He chose to play for the Junior Tips this season under Turner Stevenson, the former NHL stalwart-turned-coach who made the switch from Sno-King to Everett prior to the 2016-17 season.
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