I’m headed out of town early tomorrow, but not to fret; we’ll have plenty of midseason stuff coming up in the following week as the Everett Silvertips join their WHL brethren in a week-long holiday break.
First off, enjoy the video of Eetu Tuulola scoring the Teddy Bear Toss goal and watching fur fly:
As Kevin Constantine noted in my game story, Tuulola’s goal was not without controversy. The goal lamp wasn’t immediately lit, and the officials took a second look before deciding to award the goal.
That was a big goal, because the Tips were 31.2 seconds away from essentially failing their third Teddy Bear Toss in four years. Colleague Nick Patterson last year noted the history of Everett’s TBT malfunctions, and because of that this year’s Toss would have replaced the “Chuck-A-Puck” promotion between the second and third periods. Talk about an anticlimactic event.
But it turned out fine because Tuulola scored the goal, the bears rained down and the Tips went on to score three times in the third to reciprocate last Friday’s 5-2 debacle at Portland in the Winterhawks’ TBT.
— Everett Silvertips (@WHLsilvertips) December 18, 2016
Mario Petit was solid in net for the Silvertips as he improved to 7-1-1 and recorded 26 saves on 27 shots.
Patrick Bajkov had an assist to up his point streak to 11 – breaking linemate Dominic Zwerger’s season-high. Kevin Davis added two more assists and now has 14 points in his last 11 games.
The Turning Point
Tuulola’s goal at 19:28 in the second. That allowed the Tips to release the angst about the teddy bears and refocus on the task at hand – winning the game.
1. Everett F Matt Fonteyne: The alternate captain gave Everett its first lead midway through the third period.
2. Everett F Eetu Tuulola: The big Finn had a goal and an assist while tallying the Teddy Bear goal.
3. Portland F Cody Glass: The potential 2017 first-round NHL draft pick scored both of Portland’s goals and finished plus-one on the night.
Honorable mention: Everett D Kevin Davis (two assists, plus-one), Everett G Mario Petit (26 saves on 27 shots), Portland G Cole Kehler (41 saves on 44 shots), Everett F Devon Skoleski (one goal, plus-three).