Everett’s Patrick Bajkov dodges a check attempt by Swift Current’s Beck Malenstyn Sunday afternoon at Angel of the Winds Arena in Everett on January 21, 2018. The Silvertips won 4-1. (Kevin Clark / The Daily Herald)

Everett’s Patrick Bajkov dodges a check attempt by Swift Current’s Beck Malenstyn Sunday afternoon at Angel of the Winds Arena in Everett on January 21, 2018. The Silvertips won 4-1. (Kevin Clark / The Daily Herald)

Silvertips beat Swift Current, keep winning streak alive

U.S. Division-leading Everett has won seven straight WHL games

EVERETT — The high-scoring game some envisioned never broke out Sunday.

Instead, the Everett Silvertips turned in their typical workmanlike effort as they defeated the visiting Swift Current Broncos 4-1 in a Western Hockey League game before 4,089 fans at Angel of the Winds Arena.

Everett (30-16-1-1, 62 points) has won seven straight games. Sunday’s victory was its second in as many nights over a team from the East Division after the Tips shut out Brandon 4-0 Saturday.

“We just challenge our guys day in and day out to get reset and refocused,” Everett coach Dennis Williams said. “Obviously, they came out and did a good job of resetting and refocusing and getting the four points this weekend.”

The Tips never trailed in a convincing win over the Broncos (33-10-3-1, 70 points) in the lone regular-season matchup between two WHL title contenders from opposing conferences.

Swift Current has lost two in a row and saw its nine-game point streak snapped.

The Tips outshot the Broncos 34-24 and held Swift Current, the league’s third-highest scoring team, to just two shots in the second period.

Everett goaltender Carter Hart saved 23 of the 24 shots he saw, Riley Sutter had a goal and an assist and Wyatte Wylie had two assists in the victory.

“We just had to be hard on their top guys and I think we did a good job and Carter did a good job backing us up as usual,” Sutter said. “I think we put lots of pucks in front of their net, which helps, and played as much as we could in their end.”

Everett’s second line of Sutter, Garrett Pilon and Connor Dewar combined for two goals and two assists. Pilon has five goals with Everett since being acquired from Kamloops on Jan. 7.

“We clicked pretty quick and I think we’re still jelling together a bit more,” Sutter said of Pilon joining the line he shares with Dewar. “It will still come over time, but I think we’ve been pretty successful so far and hopefully we can keep that going down the stretch.”

Matt Fonteyne’s wrister from the point at 14:59 in the third period was the final goal, after which tempers began flaring at every whistle.

Everett’s Sean Richards was issued a match penalty after scrapping with Swift Current’s Beck Malenstyn following Fonteyne’s goal. Match penalties are given for deliberately injurying or attempting to injure another player.

There were seven combined penalties in the final 5:01.

“After the goal, a lot of stuff escalated,” Williams said. “We want to stick up for our team and one another and that’s what we did, so I was proud of our guys and the way we handled it.”

Everett led 2-1 heading to the second period. Sutter pushed it to 3-1 when he followed his initial shot and roofed the puck past Stuart Skinner at 4:04.

The Tips had an apparent fourth goal by Dewar waved off at 16:30. It was Everett’s second apparent goal that was disallowed.

The Tips held Swift Current to two shots in the second period and led 3-1 through two complete.

“After we went up two goals, you could tell they were getting a little bit frustrated and they started to run around a bit,” Sutter said. “Even the coaches were getting a little bit heated. But it was just nice to come out with the win.”

The Tips wasted little time taking a two-goal lead. Pilon redirected a feed from Wylie by Skinner at 3:33 in the first.

Then Richards tipped a Fonteyne point shot past Skinner for a 2-0 lead at 4:20, prompting Swift Current coach Manny Viveiros to take his timeout.

Both the Pilon and Richards goals came courtesy of strong net-front presence by the Tips.

“They’re a tough hockey team to score goals against and I said to the guys before the game, ‘If (Skinner) sees the puck, he’s going to play catch with it,’” Williams said. “In order to score against a goalie of his caliber we have to get net-front presence and get bodies over the top and with that we scored a couple.”

Everett nearly made it 3-0 two minutes later, but an apparent Ethan O’Rourke goal was waved off for a high stick.

Swift Current got one back at 8:59 in the first period when Andrew Fyten stashed a rebound past Hart.

Both teams finished 0-for-5 on the power play.

The Tips return to action Friday at home against the Seattle Thunderbirds. The puck drops at 7:35 p.m.

Silvertips 4, Broncos 1

Swift Current 1 0 0—1

Everett 2 1 1—4

1st Period—1, Everett, Pilon 23 (Wylie, Sutter), 3:33. 2, Everett, Richards 18 (Fonteyne, Davis), 4:20. 3, Swift Current, Fyten 7 (Gawdin, Heponiemi), 8:59. Penalties—Fyten Sc (checking from behind), 0:20; Vala Evt (holding), 19:56.

2nd Period—4, Everett, Sutter 20 (Wylie, Dewar), 4:04. Penalties—Fyten Sc (high sticking), 11:48; Alexander Sc (hooking), 16:30; Richards Evt (hooking), 18:29.

3rd Period—5, Everett, Fonteyne 28 14:59. Penalties—served by Richards Evt (bench), 3:40; Richards Evt (elbowing), 6:45; Estephan Sc (roughing), 14:59; Malenstyn Sc (cross checking), 14:59; Richards Evt (roughing, match-attempt/injure), 14:59; Nagel Sc (interference), 19:13; Anderson Sc (10-minute misconduct), 19:33; Gable Sc (slashing), 19:33.

Shots on Goal—Swift Current 8-2-14-24. Everett 10-17-7-34.

Power Play Opportunities—Swift Current 0/5; Everett 0/5.

Goalies—Swift Current, Skinner 18-16-2-0 (34 shots-30 saves). Everett, Hart 17-3-0-1 (24 shots-23 saves).


Talk to us

> Give us your news tips.

> Send us a letter to the editor.

> More Herald contact information.

More in Sports

Jackson senior and UNLV commit Yanina Sherwood is The Herald’s 2024 Softball Player of the Year. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
2024 Softball Player of the Year: Jackson’s Yanina Sherwood

With both her arm and bat, Sherwood led the Timberwolves to their second-straight state title.

Kamiak’s Synclair Mawudeku (2) pitches during a 4A softball game between Kamiak and Jackson at Kamiak High School on Tuesday, April 9, 2024 in Mukilteo, Washington. Jackson won, 9-0. (Annie Barker / The Herald)
The Herald’s 2024 All-Area softball team

Editor’s note: The Player of the Year and All-Area teams were chosen… Continue reading

Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Jaxon Smith-Njigba catches the game-winning touchdown pass as Eagles cornerback James Bradberry defends in the fourth quarter on Dec. 18. (Yong Kim / Tribune News Service)
Seahawks look to fully unlock Jaxon Smith-Njigba’s potential

Seattle is expecting good things from the receiver, who was taken 20th overall in the 2023 draft.

Everett 8-year-old Ryder Romano was selected to compete in the prestigious Brick Invitational Hockey Tournament. (Photo courtesy of Brittany Walker)
Everett 8-year-old selected to prestigious hockey tournament

Ryder Romano will play at the Brick Invitational Hockey Tournament on July 1-7 in Edmonton, Alberta.

Seattle Seahawks cornerback Devon Witherspoon (21) celebrates a stop of Dallas Cowboys running back Tony Pollard (20) during the fourth quarter at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Nov. 30, 2023. The Cowboys won, 41-35. (Tom Fox / Tribune News Service)
Captain of the Seahawks defense? Why it could be Witherspoon

The talented second-year cornerback brought ‘outrageous energy’ to Seattle’s minicamp.

Drew Bryson, the new Arlington boys basketball head coach, at Arlington High School on Tuesday, June 11, 2024. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Arlington taps alum Bryson to continue boys hoops tradition

The former Eagles star succeeds Nick Brown as Arlington’s head coach.

The Everett Silvertips remain confident in signing defenseman Landon DuPont, the first-overall selection in this year’s WHL prospects draft, who’s considered a generational talent. (Photo courtesy of Chris Mast)
Patterson: Have patience Tips fans, offseason news is coming

Everett is close to hiring a new GM and new coach, and still confident of signing Landon DuPont.

Dan Parker with the Snohomish High School girls cross country team. (Elizabeth Armstrong / The Herald)
2024 Snohomish County Sports Hall of Fame class announced

Five athletes, one coach, one contributor and one team are being inducted.

Why Seahawks are joining NFL trend with joint practices

Seattle will conduct practices with the Tennessee Titans prior to their preseason game.

Seattle Storm head coach Noelle Quinn on the sidelines June 15, 2023, during a game against the Las Vegas Aces in Las Vegas. (Ellen Schmidt / Las Vegas Review-Journal, file)
As WNBA exposure grows, Storm content to quietly stack wins

Amid the Caitlin Clark-fueled buzz, Seattle has won seven of its past eight.

AquaSox second baseman Brock Rodden throws out a runner June 5 during a game against the Vancouver Giants at Funko Field in Everett. Rodden has been the team’s top offensive performer so far this season. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
AquaSox week in review: Keystone capers buoy Everett

Brock Rodden and Josh Hood have a friendly rivalry that pushes both players.

Snohomish Summer Smash returns for ninth edition

Registration is open for the tennis tournament for high schoolers, which takes place July 18-21.

Support local journalism

If you value local news, make a gift now to support the trusted journalism you get in The Daily Herald. Donations processed in this system are not tax deductible.