EVERETT — Wyatte Wylie waited a long time.
His moment finally came 15 minutes into a Everett Silvertips 5-2 win over the Vancouver Giants Saturday when the Snohomish County bred defenseman scored his first career WHL goal before 4,714 fans at Xfinity Arena.
“It felt good,” said Wylie, who also added an assist and was named the game’s first star. “It was a great pass by (Riley) Sutter and I had to finish it. It was nice.”
Everett (13-12-1-1, 28 points) won its third straight game. Vancouver (10-12-2-2, 24 points) has lost two straight and four of five.
The Tips have now won nine of their last 13 contests dating back to a 3-1 win at Kamloops on Oct. 27 that snapped a four-game losing streak.
Wylie, the second-year blueliner, grew up in the Everett Youth Hockey program and had 10 assists as a rookie and six assists this season. He had an apparent goal called back earlier this season due to goaltender interference.
There was no calling back Saturday’s goal as Wylie skated into the slot and backhanded a feed from Sutter past David Tendeck. That tied the game 1-1 and was first of five unanswered goals as the Tips built a lead.
Wylie, Sutter, Patrick Bajkov and Bryce Kindopp all had a goal and an assist, while defensemen Kevin Davis and Jake Christiansen each had a pair of assists.
“You always want secondary scoring, so to have guys be able to contribute in that facet is definitely a big plus and a confidence booster for the guys,” Everett head coach Dennis Williams said.
The Everett defensive corps tallied two goals and five assists in the victory.
“The team is clicking now,” Wylie said. “The D-men are clicking together, people are working together and giving each other opportunities to score, so that’s where it’s coming from. When you get the opportunity, you bury it.”
Everett took a 2-1 lead into the second period. Bajkov pushed it to 3-1 when he stashed the puck inside the right post off a feed from Matt Fonteyne at 5:42 in the second.
Sutter added a power-play goal with a wrister from the top of the right circle at 1:58, and Kindopp converted another power-play chance at 5:29 in the third as Everett’s lead swelled to 5-1.
Dylan Plouffe’s power-play goal at 11:49 in the third cut the Vancouver deficit to 5-2 and snapped a string of 26 straight penalties killed by the Tips.
Tyler Benson gave Vancouver a 1-0 lead at 5:09 when he collected a turnover, split a pair of Everett defenders and used some nifty stick work to beat Carter Hart.
Wylie evened the game 1-1 at 15:01, and fellow defenseman Gianni Fairbrother gave Everett a 2-1 lead with a wrister from the point on the power play at 18:23 in the first period.
“I thought when we started skating we started to control the play a little bit more,” Williams said. “They have some pretty good forwards up there that can capitalize on mistakes, but I thought our response was good.”
Hart wasn’t tested much, but still finished with 22 saves on 24 shots.
The Tips finished 3-for-7 on the power play and have now scored at least one power-play goal in four straight games.
“Power plays are just hard work, right?” Williams said. “If you go out there with a five-on-four mentality you’re probably going to lose those battles. One thing we’ve really been stressing is the simplicity. Let’s get pucks to the net, let’s get bodies to the net, let’s be a threat to shoot every time we’re out there, and obviously it’s paying off right now.”
The Tips don’t play again until Friday when they travel to Kamloops. Everett returns home the following evening for a 7:05 p.m. match-up with the Saskatoon Blades. That game will serve as Everett’s annual “Teddy Bear Toss.”
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Silvertips 5, Giants 4
Vancouver 1 0 1 — 2
Everett 2 1 2 — 5
1st Period-1, Vancouver, Benson 8 (Roman), 5:09. 2, Everett, Wylie 1 (Sutter, Kindopp), 15:01. 3, Everett, Fairbrother 2 (Davis, Richards), 18:23 (PP). Penalties-Bajkov Evt (interference), 12:01; Ronning Van (slashing), 16:06; Bulych Van (hooking), 18:15.
2nd Period-4, Everett, Bajkov 14 (Fonteyne, Christiansen), 5:42. Penalties-Skeoch Van (unsportsmanlike cnd.), 16:42; Onyebuchi Evt (unsportsmanlike cnd.), 16:42; Watts Van (tripping), 17:53.
3rd Period-5, Everett, Sutter 9 (Christiansen, Wylie), 1:58 (PP). 6, Everett, Kindopp 6 (Davis, Bajkov), 5:29 (PP). 7, Vancouver, Plouffe 4 (Holt, Ronning), 11:49 (PP). Penalties-Popowich Van (tripping), 1:40; Skeoch Van (roughing), 3:36; Ronning Van (interference), 4:49; Benson Van (cross checking, roughing, roughing, 10-minute misconduct), 7:17; Butt Evt (10-minute misconduct), 7:17; Onyebuchi Evt (roughing, roughing, 10-minute misconduct), 7:17; Sutter Evt (boarding), 10:56; Holt Van (roughing), 19:35; Malm Van (10-minute misconduct), 19:35; Centazzo Evt (roughing), 19:35.
Shots on Goal-Vancouver 8-7-9-24. Everett 11-15-10-36.
Power Play Opportunities-Vancouver 1 / 2; Everett 3 / 7.
Goalies-Vancouver, Tendeck 6-6-0-1 (36 shots-31 saves). Everett, Hart 8-3-0-1 (24 shots-22 saves).