The Everett Jr. Silvertips 16-under youth hockey team is headed to the postseason at the top of the heap.
The Jr. Silvertips went 3-0-0-1 during the league’s final pod of games Saturday through Monday in Blaine, Minnesota, securing first place in the North American Prospects Hockey League 16-U regular-season standings.
Everett, which went into the weekend in first place, clinched the top spot by beating the Sioux Falls Jr. Stampeders, who entered the weekend in second, 4-3 Monday morning in their final regular-season contest. The Jr. Silvertips used third-period goals from Nico DeVita and Keiton Klein to snap a 2-2 tie, then survived a late goal from the Jr. Stampeders. Garrett Wood and Cole Dubicki also scored for Everett, and Matthew Genter made 22 saves to earn the win in goal.
Earlier in the weekend, the Jr. Silvertips defeated the Washington Little Capitals 2-0 and CarShield AAA 6-2, but left an opening for the Stampeders when they fell 3-2 in a shootout to Dallas Blackhawks Elite.
Everett finished the regular season 15-1-0-1. Dubicki finished with 28 points (12 goals, 16 assists) to tie for the league lead in scoring. Dylan Herzog, who had three goals and two assists to lead the Jr. Silvertips over the weekend, finished with 17 points (seven goals, 10 assists) to rank second in scoring among defensemen.
By finishing in first place the Jr. Silvertips earned the No. 1 seed to the playoffs, which take place Feb. 17-20 in Troy, Michigan.
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