PRINCE GEORGE, B.C. — Once again it was Dan Gendur to the rescue for the Everett Silvertips.
Gendur was the lone player to find the net during a shootout, and the Silvertips fended off the persistent Prince George Cougars 5-4 Thursday night.
Gendur also had three assists as Everett salvaged two points despite repeatedly allowing the Cougars back into the game. Three times Everett led only for the Cougars to come back and tie it. The final tie came with just 42 seconds remaining as Dana Tyrell scored his second of the game to force overtime.
It was a much more competitive game than Wednesday’s contest, when the Tips dominated the Cougars 6-0. Gendur finished with nine points in the two games.
Shane Harper scored twice, Clayton Bauer and Zach Hamill also scored, and Shayne Barrie made 35 saves in goal for Everett (29-20-0-2), which won its sixth straight. The Tips prevailed despite handing the Cougars eight power plays, including three five-on-threes, to just four for Everett.
Parker Stanfield and Marcus Watson scored the other goals for Prince George (14-34-1-1), which lost its sixth straight. Real Cyr finished with 29 saves in goal for the Cougars.
Every time Everett took the lead Prince George battled back. But it looked like Harper had won the game for the Tips when he scored on a nice feed from Jonathan Harty on the power play with 1:32 remaining in regulation, giving Everett a 4-3 lead.
However, the Cougars pulled Cyr for an extra attacker and it paid off when Tyrell jammed home a rebound to tie it.
Everett received a power play in overtime, but couldn’t convert, setting up the shootout. Gendur, Everett’s third shooter, snapped a shot between Cyr’s legs, and Barrie turned away all three Prince George attempts.
Everett gave Prince George three power plays in the game’s first six minutes, twice going down five-on-three. But the Tips survived the early troubles and scored twice late in the period to take a 2-0 lead. Harper scored his first at 16:51 when he circled around the defense in the left corner, skated unimpeded out front and scored around Cyr. Then the Tips found the net with 0.9 seconds remaining in the period, Hamill setting up Bauer to bang it home from in front.
However, the Cougars got back into it with a pair of goals two minutes apart midway through the second. Tyrell scored at 7:12 by putting a rebound past Barrie. Then Stanfield scored at 9:01 when a shot from the point hit off traffic in front and the puck fell right at his feet for an easy goal.
The Tips regained the lead at 14:40 when Gendur’s shot from the left circle deflected in off Hamill’s body. But the Cougars tied it up again 4:56 into the third when, just as an Everett penalty expired, Justin Maylan set up Watson for a one-timer from the slot.
Silvertips 5, Cougars 4 (SO)
@5. NHL box :First Period—1, Everett, Harper 9 (Ellington, Dailey), 16:31. 2, Everett, Bauer 23 (Gendur, Hamill), 19:59. Penalties—Crowley, Everett (roughing), 1:20; Hunt, Prince George (roughing), 1:20; Kieffer, Everett (interference), 2:19; Hamill, Everett (elbowing), 3:42; Potuer, Everett (delay of game), 5:12; Stanfield, Prince George (roughing), 7:14; Thiessen, Prince George (unsportsmanlike conduct), 19:59.
Second Period—3, Prince George, D. Tyrell 19 (Gardner, Hunt), 7:12. 4, Prince George, Stanfield 6 (Cumming, Sagert), 9:01. 5, Everett, Hamill 16 (Gendur, Harty), 14:40. Penalties—Burt, Everett (cross-checking), 10:45; Vartovnik, Everett (tripping), 11:35.
Third Period—6, Prince George, Watson 4 (Maylan, Stanfield), 4:56. 7, Everett, Harper 10 (Harty, Gendur), 18:28 (pp). 8, Prince George, D. Tyrell 20 (Maylan, Hunt), 19:18. Penalties—Vartovnik, Everett (tripping), 2:55; Harty, Everett (interference), 5:18; Ellington, Everett (tripping), 8:03; Watson, Prince George (slashing), 17:01.
Overtime—No goals. Penalties—Cumming, Prince George (tripping), 3:37.
Shootout—Everett 1 (Ius NG, Hamill NG, Gendur G), Prince George 0 (C. Tyrell NG, Poulter NG, Stanfield NG).
Shots on goal—Everett 12-14-6-1—33. Prince George 10-10-17-2—39. Power-play opportunities—Everett 1 of 4. Prince George 0 of 8.
Goalies—Everett, Barrie 8-4-0-0 (39 shots, 35 saves). Prince George, Cyr 7-18-1-1 (33 shots, 29 saves). A—2,351.