KELOWNA, B.C. — Once again it was the third period that saved the day for the Everett Silvertips.
Everett scored twice in the third period to complete a come-from-behind victory, defeating the Kelowna Rockets 5-4 Friday night.
Cameron Abney and Kellan Tochkin scored third-period goals as Everett (6-2-0-0), which trailed 4-2 in the second period, won its fourth straight.
And the third period is becoming Everett’s domain. The Tips have outscored their opponents 16-3 in the third period so far this season. It was the third time Everett has overcome a third-period deficit to win this season.
Tyler Maxwell, Radko Gudas and Markus McCrea also scored for Everett, Shane Harper dished out three assists and Thomas Heemskerk made 32 saves in goal for the Tips, who overcame all kinds of penalty trouble during the first two periods. Kelowna had nine power plays — including two five-on-threes — and a penalty shot during the first two periods.
Stephan Novotny, Collin Bowman, Kyle St. Denis and Shane McColgan scored for Kelowna (6-4-0-1). Adam Brown stopped 20 shots in goal for the Rockets.
Everett appeared to be in trouble when McColgan converted a feed from St. Denis at 8 minutes, 30 seconds of the second period to go ahead 4-2.
However, the Tips gave themselves life heading into the third when McCrea scored with 3:35 remaining in the second, finishing off a nice passing move that involved Harper and Chris Langkow to cut the deficit to one.
Then the Tips took over in the third. Abney tied it up at 9:29, one-timing a shot past Brown after being set up by Harper. Then, on a power play of its own, Everett grabbed its first lead of the game at 13:10, Tochkin putting in a loose puck in front to make it 5-4.
Everett did a good job salting away the game down the stretch, preventing the Rockets from making a concerted push for the tying goal.
Everett got into a hole early when McCrea took a roughing penalty just 13 seconds into the game, and the Rockets took advantage when Novotny beat Heemskerk with a shot for a power-play goal at 49 seconds.
Everett tied it up at 10:19 when Maxwell scored on the rebound off an Alex Theriau shot, before Bowman restored Kelowna’s lead at 14:02 while short-handed.
The teams then traded goals throughout the second period, Kelowna’s lead oscillating between one and two, to set the scene for the third.
Silvertips 5, Rockets 4
First Period—1, Kelowna, Novotny 9 (McColgan, Callahan), 0:49 (pp). 2, Everett, Maxwell 8 (Theriau), 10:19. 3, Kelowna, Bowman 2 (St. Denis), 14:02 (sh). Penalties—McCrea, Everett (roughing), 0:13; Rissanen, Everett (tripping), 3:02; Novotny, Kelowna (interference), 3:06; Theriau, Everett (hooking), 7:25; Kelowna bench (too many men, served by Chike), 13:05; Maxwell, Everett (hooking), 18:49; Main, Kelowna (interference), 19:59.
Second Period—4, Kelowna, St. Denis 7 (McColgan, Novotny), 2:48 (pp). 5, Everett, Gudas 5 (Harper, Theriau), 6:55 (pp). 6, Kelowna, McColgan 5 (St. Denis, Bulmer), 8:30. 7, Everett, McCrea 2 (Harper, Langkow), 16:25. Penalties—Froese, Everett (checking from behind), 1:43; Rissanen, Everett (interference), 2:16; Callahan, Kelowna (holding), 5:28; Abney, Everett (fighting), 6:58; Gogol, Kelowna (fighting), 6:58; Chapman, Kelowna (interference), 10:51; Rissanen, Everett (holding), 12:44; Dailey, Everett (charging), 13:57; Hunt, Everett (unsportsmanlike conduct), 17:25; Bowman, Kelowna (unsportsmanlike conduct), 17:25; Froese, Everett (roughing), 17:37; Bulmer, Kelowna (roughing), 17:37.
Third Period—8, Everett, Abney 1 (Harper, de la Lande), 9:29. 9, Everett, Tochkin 3 (Froese, Murray), 13:10 (pp). Penalties—Chapman, Kelowna (elbowing), 11:48.
Shots on goal—Everett 9-7-9—25. Kelowna 14-13-9—36. Power-play opportunities—Everett 2 of 6. Kelowna 2 of 9.
Goalies—Everett, Heemskerk 3-1-0-0 (36 shots, 32 saves). Kelowna, Brown 6-4-0-1 (25 shots, 20 saves).