EVERETT — After missing 10 games with a suspension, Silvertips’ forward Dawson Butt has turned in possibly the best stretch of hockey in his career.
The Buckley native potted the go-ahead goal in the third period, his third in as many games, to lift the Silvertips to a 4-2 win over the Prince George Cougars on Friday at Angel of the Winds Arena.
Butt’s game-winner came at 6:28 in the final period, as the 2000-born forward roofed a puck sitting at the top of the crease for his eighth goal of the season.
Everett backup goaltender Braden Holt made his first start since Jan. 3 and stopped 27-of-29 shots in his second win of the season.
Kasper Puutio launched an empty-net goal from his own goal line to ice the game at 18:20 in the third.
The Silvertips scored quickly to start the third period, as Ethan Regnier converted a rebound attempt after a shot from Cole Fonstad just eight second into the period to put Everett up 2-1.
A holding penalty on Jake Christiansen opened the door for Prince George and Vladislav Mikhalchuk tapped in a rebound on the power play to make Everett pay and tie the game at 2-2 with 14:32 remaining.
The Silvertips went ahead 1-0 on Michal Gut’s power-play goal, his second goal in as many games and his 11th of the season. The rookie import center crashed the net and punched in a rebound to open the scoring.
Prince George initially tied the game on Josh Maser’s goal on the rush at 16:14 in the second.
Holt was plenty busy in the opening period, with 14 shots allowed and two penalty kills.
The Silvertips closed the four-game season series with the Cougars on Friday. Prince George gave Everett plenty of fits despite the Cougars being out of a playoff spot by taking four-of-eight possible points against the Silvertips this year.
Ty Kolle chipped in two assists, a season high.
The Silvertips host Vancouver on Saturday at Angel of the Winds Arena for a 7:05 p.m. puck drop.
Josh Horton covers the Silvertips for the Herald. Follow him on Twitter, @JoshHortonEDH