The Silvertips suffered their first loss of the season, but still managed to earn a point in the standings as they took the Americans to overtime in a 3-2 loss. The Tips remain in first place by one point over the Portland Winterhawks after knocking off the Hawks in regulation Friday night.
The good news is that Eetu Tuulola scored his first WHL goal. The bad news is the Calgary Flames draftee left the game in the second period with an undisclosed injury and did not return. We’ll continue to monitor that as the week moves forward.
As I wrote in the game summary, the Toyota Center was a tough place for Everett to play last season and the Americans were a bit of a thorn for the Tips despite missing the playoffs for the first time in 13 years.
I don’t know if it’s a scheduling quirk or by design, but the Tips and the Ams play Friday and Sunday in Everett. So yes, that’s three consecutive games against the same team. The Tips are getting the better end of the deal by making a single four-hour trip instead of the two journeys the Americans are making.
It sounded like Dominic Zwerger was on the verge of scoring a handful of times – broadcaster Mike Benton used the term “snakebit” – so Tips fans are still waiting for the early-season acquisition to tally his first goal with Everett. You have to figure it’s only a matter of time.
The Turning Point
Michael Rasmussen scored the game-winning goal 3:39 into overtime to give the Americans their second win of the year.
1. Tri-City F Michael Rasmussen: The draft-eligible center scored the game-winning goal and had an assist.
2. Tri-City F Juuso Valimaki: The Finn scored a go-ahead goal in the second period.
3. Everett F Matt Fonteyne: Scored the game-tying goal in the third period.