SPOKANE — One team’s streak had to end.
Unfortunately for the Everett Silvertips it was their four-game winning streak that was snapped as they fell 2-1 to the the Spokane Chiefs Tuesday before 3,183 fans at Spokane Arena.
It was just the second loss in regulation for Everett (8-2-1-0, 17 points), which was off to its best start in 10 years. Spokane (3-4-1-1, eight points) ended its three-game losing skid.
The Tips remained in first place over Portland due to Tri-City’s victory over the Winterhawks Tuesday.
Spokane’s rookie goaltender Dawson Weatherill was impressive as the 17-year-old recorded 26 saves on 27 shots. He withstood Everett’s final barrage in the final two minutes after the Tips pulled goalie Carter Hart for an extra skater.
Hart finished with 21 saves as he suffered just his second loss in regulation this season.
A sluggish start put the Tips in a 2-0 hole as they were out-shot 9-5 in the opening period.
Kailer Yamamoto gave the Chiefs a 1-0 lead when he tipped in Tyson Helgeson’s wrister from the left circle at 9:20 in the first period. It was just the second time in Everett’s 11 games that Everett failed to score first.
Jaret Anderson-Dolan made it 2-0 at 16:18 with assists from Yamamoto and Tanner Wishnowski.
The Tips followed with back-to-back strong looks from Dominic Zwerger and Patrick Bajkov, but Weatherill stopped both attempts.
The Tips drew within a goal when Zwerger dangled through Spokane defense and found Bajkov at the right post for the tap-in to cut the deficit to 2-1 at 16:01 in the second. Rookie Orrin Centazzo nearly tied it a minute later when his shot attempt hit the post. Everett closed the second period strong with a 12-8 shot advantage in the frame.
But that was all the Tips mustered despite outshooting Spokane 22-14 over the final two periods.
Zwerger, who was acquired by Everett from the Chiefs three weeks ago, extended his point streak to eight games with the assist. Bajkov now has points in eight of 11 games this season and is averaging better than a point per game.
Yamamoto continued to haunt the Tips as he finished with a goal and an assist to figure in both of Spokane’s goals. He also scored twice and had an assist in last Friday’s 4-3 overtime loss to the Tips.
Everett continues its road trip tonight at 7:05 when it takes on perennial power Kelowna. The trip concludes Saturday with a 7:05 puck drop at Victoria.
Chiefs 2, Silvertips 1
1st Period—1, Spokane, Yamamoto 7 (Helgesen), 9:20. 2, Spokane, Anderson-Dolan 4 (Yamamoto, Wishnowski), 16:18. Penalties—Najman Spo (kneeing), 2:26.
2nd Period—3, Everett, Bajkov 5 (Dewar, Zwerger), 16:01. Penalties—Bajkov Evt (interference), 8:52; Wishnowski Spo (hooking), 13:00; Miske Spo (holding), 18:22.
3rd Period—No Scoring. Penalties—Walker Evt (tripping), 11:54.
Shots on Goal—Everett 5-12-10-27. Spokane 9-8-6-23.
Power Play Opportunities—Everett 0/3; Spokane 0/2.
Goalies—Everett, Hart 5-2-1-0 (23 shots-21 saves). Spokane, Weatherill 2-2-0-1 (27 shots-26 saves).