Late goals sink Silvertips in loss to Giants

Everett falls to Vancouver 6-5 for just its second regulation loss of the season.

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

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EVERETT — Zack Ostapchuck scored back-to-back goals in the third period to break open a tied game, and the Vancouver Giants held on to beat the Everett Silvertips 6-5 on Saturday night.

Matthew Ng, Ben Hemmerling and Jackson Berezowski all scored in the first period as the Silvertips jumped out to a 3-1 lead.

Berezowski scored again in the second, but the Giants also tallied three goals as the game entered the final period tied 4-4.

Ostapchuck scored at 5:45 and 11:12 in the final frame to give Vancouver a 6-4 lead. Niko Huuhtanen scored a goal at 15:30 to cut the lead to 6-5, but the Silvertips couldn’t find the equalizer.

Koen MacInnes stopped 20 of 26 shots and Braden Holt saved all three attempts he faced in relief for Everett (18-2-1-1).

Jesper Vikman stopped 43 of 48 shots for Vancouver (13-7-1-0).

Giants 6, Silvertips 5

Vancouver 1 3 2 — 6

Everett 3 1 1 — 5

1st Period-1, Everett, Ng 5 (Campbell, Gut), 1:54. 2, Vancouver, Halaburda 3 (Horning, Semeniuk), 6:45. 3, Everett, Hemmerling 4 (Gut, Hofer), 9:12. 4, Everett, Berezowski 15 (Hofer, Huuhtanen), 15:28. Penalties-Camazzola Van (roughing), 15:28; Lysell Van (roughing), 15:28; Wright Evt (roughing), 15:28; Camazzola Van (10-minute misconduct), 18:38; Cull Van (major-fighting, major-check/behind, game misconduct), 18:38; Ng Evt (10-minute misconduct), 18:38; Whittle Evt (instigator, major-fighting, 10-minute misconduct), 18:38.

2nd Period-5, Vancouver, Thorpe 8 (Cotton, Toth), 0:20. 6, Vancouver, Lysell 9 (Sourdif, Ostapchuk), 10:35. 7, Everett, Berezowski 16 (Huuhtanen, Swetlikoff), 12:17. 8, Vancouver, Cotton 9 (Lysell, Sourdif), 12:59. Penalties-Toth Van (roughing), 16:21.

3rd Period-9, Vancouver, Ostapchuk 5 (Cotton, Sourdif), 5:45 (PP). 10, Vancouver, Ostapchuk 6 (Lysell, Horning), 11:12. 11, Everett, Huuhtanen 7 (Hemmerling, Anderson), 15:30. Penalties-Lambos Evt (interference), 4:41.

Shots on Goal-Vancouver 9-8-12-29. Everett 16-16-16-48.

Power Play Opportunities-Vancouver 1 / 2; Everett 0 / 3.

Goalies-Vancouver, Vikman 11-3-1-0 (48 shots-43 saves). Everett, MacInnes 9-2-0-0 (26 shots-20 saves); Holt 9-0-1-1 (3 shots-3 saves).

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