Shorthanded and coming off an emotional loss, the Silvertips bounced back in impressive fashion on Monday, walloping the Prince George Cougars, 4-1, in the first game of a doubleheader between the two teams at the CN Centre in Prince George, British Columbia.
Along with Riley Sutter and Dawson Butt nursing week-to-week injuries, the Western Hockey League announced on Monday that overager Sahvan Khaira was suspended one game “as a result of actions against Seattle” on Feb. 16, and Mike Benton shared on the Silvertips’ radio broadcast of Monday’s game that leading scorer and captain Connor Dewar was out with an illness.
But Everett (40-14-1-2) hardly skipped a beat with a host of catalysts missing from the lineup, as Max Patterson potted a power-play goal at the 5:05 mark in the in the second period and Gianni Fairbrother followed suit at 7:42.
The Cougars’ Tyson Upper cut the lead in half with a tally at 17:48, but Reece Vitelli responded just 39 seconds later with a goal, his seventh of the season, to extend the lead back to two.
Jalen Price scored his fifth goal of the season at 2:08 in the third to push the Silvertips’ lead to 4-1.
Everett was productive on special teams, going 2-for-5 on the power play and holding Prince George to an 0 for 5 effort.
Patterson (a goal and an assist), Price (a goal and an assist), Jake Christiansen (two assists) and Zack Andrusiak (two assists) each turned in multi-point performances for the Silvertips.
Everett netminder Dustin Wolf made 30 saves in his 35th win of the season.
Cougars goaltender Isaiah DiLaura saved 34-of-38 shots in the losing effort.
The Silvertips and Cougars play again at 7 p.m. on Tuesday.