A pair of turnovers in Everett’s defensive zone led to Seattle’s first and third goals, and the game-winner came on a Thunderbirds power play.
The teams were knotted 2-2 after two, but the go-ahead Seattle goal came less than two minutes into the third on a defensive lapse that left Noah Philp open in front of the net, and Philp converted. The T-Birds added another goal on the power play a minute later. After Bryce Kindopp drew the Tips within one, the Tips threatened, but couldn’t find the tying goal.
The Tips scored all three of their goals on the power play, which is both a good and bad sign. It’s good in the sense that they were coming off an 0-for-5 showing against Moose Jaw Friday. It’s bad in the sense the Tips weren’t able to find the net at even strength. The Tips remain 14th (out of 22) on the power play at 18.9 percent.
It’s worth noting Seattle defenseman Jarret Tyszka left after taking a hit from Everett’s Wyatte Wylie in the opening period and did not return.
Also of note: the Silvertips officially released defenseman Riley Bruce earlier this week. The 1999-born Bruce last played Oct. 10 at Red Deer and was a healthy scratch against Medicine Hat, Lethbridge and Kootenay before he was removed from the roster. His release coincided with the return of 2000-born blueliner Kyle Walker from a broken collarbone suffered during training camp.
Coverage from Thunderbirds beat writer Andy Eide.
The Turning Point
The first three minutes of the third period as Seattle turned a 2-2 tie into a 4-2 lead and held on against Everett’s late push.
Seattle F Dillon Hamaluik: The rookie winger scored the first two goals of his WHL career and finished plus-two.
Everett F Connor Dewar: The alternate captain scored twice on the power play.
Seattle F Noah Philp: Philp had a goal and an assist.