Huuhtanen scores twice, leads Silvertips past Royals

In its only game of the week, first-place Everett beats Victoria 5-3 on the road.

Kevin Clark / The Herald

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VICTORIA, B.C. — Niko Huuhtanen scored twice and added an assist as the Everett Silvertips beat the Victoria Royals 5-3 on Saturday night at Save-on-Foods Memorial Arena.

Ryan Hofer, Alex Swetlikoff and Olen Zellweger also scored for the Silvertips, which maintained their 11-point lead over the Portland Winterhawks at the top of the U.S. Division standings.

Braden Holt stopped 23 of 26 shots in goal for Everett (27-7-2-2).

Tyler Palmer stopped 39 of 44 shots for Victoria (12-20-4-0).

The Silvertips were playing their only game this week after Friday’s tilt against Kelowna was postponed after the Rockets entered the Western Hockey League’s COVID protocols.

Silvertips 5, Royals 3

Everett 2 1 2 — 5

Victoria 0 2 1 — 3

1st Period-1, Everett, Huuhtanen 20 (Campbell, Whittle), 2:19. 2, Everett, Hofer 17 (Huuhtanen, Zellweger), 6:46 (PP). Penalties-Peach Vic (hooking), 6:14; Hofer Evt (boarding), 12:40; Shipley Vic (high sticking), 18:48.

2nd Period-3, Victoria, Derungs 9 (Laroque, Peach), 4:46 (PP). 4, Everett, Swetlikoff 21 11:30. 5, Victoria, Scott 8 (Shipley, Parker), 13:02. Penalties-Hofer Evt (unsportsmanlike cnd.), 2:52; Wilson Vic (cross checking), 2:52; Anderson Evt (interference), 4:07; Huuhtanen Evt (major-fighting), 15:08; Patrician Vic (major-fighting), 15:08; Lambos Evt (unsportsmanlike cnd.), 15:54; Almquist Vic (interference), 19:07; Peach Vic (cross checking), 20:00.

3rd Period-6, Everett, Huuhtanen 21 (Zellweger, Swetlikoff), 0:56 (PP). 7, Everett, Zellweger 8 16:12 (SH). 8, Victoria, Derungs 10 (Laroque, Schuurman), 16:46 (PP). Penalties-Almquist Vic (delay of game), 7:56; Lamanna Evt (high sticking), 11:06; Berezowski Evt (high sticking), 15:02; Hofer Evt (high sticking), 16:16.

Shots on Goal-Everett 13-19-12-44. Victoria 2-11-13-26.

Power Play Opportunities-Everett 2 / 5; Victoria 2 / 6.

Goalies-Everett, Holt 16-4-2-1 (26 shots-23 saves). Victoria, Palmer 7-12-2-0 (44 shots-39 saves).

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