Late power-play goal beats Silvertips

LANGLEY, B.C. — For the second straight game a late power-play goal sank the Everett Silvertips.

The Vancouver Giants converted a third-period power play with less than seven minutes remaining, and the Tips fell to the Giants 1-0 Friday night.

James Henry scored the game’s only goal with 6 minutes, 6 seconds remaining. That came two nights after Spokane used a third-period power-play goal to beat Everett 2-1 and end the Tips’ 14-game winning streak.

Mark Segal stopped all 18 shots he faced to earn the shutout in goal for Vancouver (33-20-1-2), which also did a good job of blocking Everett’s shots. It was the sixth time the Tips have been shut out this season.

Thomas Heemskerk made 39 saves in goal for Everett (33-18-2-1).

The game was played at the Langley Events Centre rather than Vancouver’s usual home, Pacific Coliseum. Pacific Coliseum has been co-opted by the Olympics.

After an even first two periods the Giants took control in the third, outshooting Everett 14-2. Everett managed to keep the game scoreless thanks to Heemskerk’s goalkeeping.

However, the Giants were given a chance on the power play because of Rasmus Rissanen’s roughing penalty, and Vancouver took advantage. Henry controlled the puck in the circle before firing a slap shot past Heemskerk to give the Giants the lead.

Everett received a power play of its own shortly after the goal, but the Tips were unable to threaten Segal’s goal.

Neither team was able to find the net during the first period. Everett’s Scott MacDonald had a good opportunity but shot wide on a breakaway, then Heemskerk made some nice saves when the Giants were on the power play.

The game remained scoreless through two periods, but only because of Segal. The Vancouver goalie robbed Chris Langkow with a glove save to keep the Tips off the scoreboard.

Giants 1, Silvertips 0



First Period—no goals. Penalties—Kytnar, Vancouver (boarding), 1:19; Gudas, Everett (hooking), 16:21; Bouma, Vancouver (goaltender interference), 19:25.

Second Period—no goals. Penalties—MacDonald, Everett (fighting), 7:01; Lyon, Vancouver (fighting), 7:01; D. Scholten, Vancouver (hooking), 9:44.

Third Period—1, Vancouver, Henry 18 (Kytnar, Musil), 13:54 (pp). Penalties—Rissanen, Everett (boarding), 7:14; Rissanen, Everett (roughing), 11:58; Wright, Vancouver (hooking), 16:07.

Shots on goal—Everett 7-9-2—18. Vancouver 10-16-14—40. Power-play opportunities—Everett 0 of 4. Vancouver 1 of 3.

Goalies—Everett, Heemskerk 17-9-1-1 (40 shots, 39 saves). Vancouver, Segal 12-7-0-0 (18 shots, 18 saves).


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