Hemmerling scores game-winner as Silvertips top T-birds in OT

Everett rallies late to force overtime and wins it, 5-4, to remain unbeaten early in the season.

Kevin Clark / The Herald

***Silvertips Special Sections*****
Yan Khomenko signals for substitution Sunday night at Xfinity Arena in Everett, Wa on September 6th, 2015

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Shot on: 09/06/15

KENT — Ben Hemmerling scored the game-winner in overtime, his second goal of the game, as the Everett Silvertips remained unbeaten early in the season with a 5-4 win over the Seattle Thunderbirds on Friday night at ShoWare Center.

Hemmerling and Hunter Campbell scored in the opening period as Everett jumped out to a 2-1 lead.

Seattle scored twice in the second period and Austin Roest scored for the Silvertips as the game went into the final intermission tied 3-3.

Leon Okonkwo gave the Thunderbirds a 4-3 lead with a goal at 3:56 in the third period, but Alex Swetlikoff scored at 14:10 to force overtime.

Braden Holt stopped 26 of 30 shots for Everett (3-0-0-0).

Jordan Gustafson, Conner Roulette and Reid Schaefer added goals and Thomas Milic stopped 29 of 34 shots for Seattle (2-1-1-0).

Silvertips 5 Thunderbirds 4 (OT)

Everett 2 1 1 1 — 5

Seattle 1 2 1 0 — 4

1st Period-1, Seattle, Gustafson 1 (Davidson, Rybinski), 9:26 (PP). 2, Everett, Hemmerling 1 (Seeley), 17:09. 3, Everett, Campbell 1 (Seeley, Berezowski), 19:00. Penalties-Bauer Sea (interference), 1:10; Rempe Sea (checking to the head), 6:47; Roest Evt (high sticking, high sticking), 9:05; Roulette Sea (cross checking), 12:40.

2nd Period-4, Seattle, Roulette 3 (Myatovic), 6:59. 5, Seattle, Schaefer 3 (Gottfried), 10:54 (SH). 6, Everett, Roest 1 (Hemmerling), 16:49 (PP). Penalties-Swetlikoff Evt (tripping), 0:57; Rempe Sea (holding), 9:57; Ciona Sea (major-charging, game misconduct), 13:49; Anderson Evt (cross checking), 19:12; Davidson Sea (high sticking, high sticking), 19:26.

3rd Period-7, Seattle, Okonkwo Prada 1 (Gustafson, Roulette), 3:56. 8, Everett, Swetlikoff 2 (Hemmerling), 14:10 (SH). Penalties-Lambos Evt (tripping), 12:35; Davidson Sea (high sticking), 15:29.

OT Period-9, Everett, Hemmerling 2 (Zellweger), 2:11. Penalties-No Penalties

Shots on Goal-Everett 12-11-7-4-34. Seattle 15-6-9-0-30.

Power Play Opportunities-Everett 1 / 8; Seattle 1 / 5.

Goalies-Everett, Holt 2-0-0-0 (30 shots-26 saves). Seattle, Milic 2-1-1-0 (34 shots-29 saves).

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