CRANBROOK, British Columbia — The Everett Silvertips seemed poised for their second come-from-behind win in as many nights.
Instead the Kootenay Ice scored three unanswered third-period goals and dealt the Tips a 5-3 loss before 2,457 fans at Western Financial Place on Saturday.
“Our guys played well, I thought,” Everett head coach Dennis Williams said. “It wasn’t a lack of effort again. We had great, great opportunities. We gotta bury some of ours.”
It was the final game of an nine-game road trip for Everett (4-7, eight points). The Tips finished 3-6 on the road trip, including a 2-4 showing against the Central Division.
Everett trailed 2-1 after two periods and began the third on the penalty kill. The Tips killed it off, and Patrick Bajkov scored the equalizer on the next shift at 1:07.
Riley Sutter then tipped in a Kevin Davis shot after Everett killed another power play to give the Silvertips their first lead of the game at 6:59.
Then Kootenay went back to work. The Ice tied the game when Michael King’s wrist shot deflected off Everett goalie Dorrin Luding and in at 10:51. The Ice reclaimed the lead at 13:02 when Vince Loschiavo scored off a Brett Davis face-off win, and Jeff de Wit’s empty-netter at 18:59 sealed the contest.
“It was a game of momentum shifts, and if we put up 40 shots we probably had 25 good scoring chances,” Williams said. “It’s a cross between their goalie playing well and us having to finish our opportunities and make your opponent pay for your turnovers or mistakes.”
Trailing 1-0 after one, the Tips earned five power plays in the second period. They finally converted on the fifth opportunity at 16:46 as Jake Christiansen took advantage of a screened goaltender and scored from the right point.
“You need your five best out there to perform and I didn’t think we did a good job of shooting pucks enough,” Williams said. “Those types of things can be worked on when we get home and we get a week.”
The 1-1 tie was short-lived. Peyton Krebs set up behind the net and fed Colton Veloso at 17:28, and the Ice led 2-1 heading into the third.
Kootenay took a 1-0 lead when de Wit roofed a shot past Luding off the rush at 5:57 in the first period. It was the first goal the Ice had scored against the Silvertips since the 2014-15 season.
Sutter had a goal and an assist. He has a team-best seven goals on the season.
Ice goaltender Bailey Brkin saved 37 of Everett’s 40 shots. Luding had 28 saves on 32 shots.
The Tips return to Everett and will play host to the Tri-City Americans Wednesday at Xfinity Arena. Puck drops at 7:05 p.m.
Ice 5, Silvertips 3
Everett 0 1 2 — 3
Kootenay 1 1 3 — 5
1st Period-1, Kootenay, de Wit 2 (Taphorn), 5:58. Penalties-served by de Wit Ktn (too many men), 9:18.
2nd Period-2, Everett, Christiansen 1 (Sutter, Dewar), 16:46 (PP). 3, Kootenay, Veloso 2 (Krebs, Pouliot), 17:28. Penalties-de Wit Ktn (inter. on goaltender), 1:29; Kroeker Ktn (high sticking, high sticking), 5:18; Fleury Ktn (hooking), 12:01; served by Krebs Ktn (too many men), 14:48; Bajkov Evt (interference), 18:48.
3rd Period-4, Everett, Bajkov 4 (Fonteyne), 1:07. 5, Everett, Sutter 7 (Davis, Wylie), 6:59. 6, Kootenay, King 3 (Kohler, Bodak), 10:51. 7, Kootenay, Loschiavo 3 (Davis), 13:02. 8, Kootenay, de Wit 3 (Kroeker, Hines), 18:59 (EN). Penalties-Richards Evt (interference), 4:41.
Shots on Goal-Everett 15-14-11-40. Kootenay 15-11-6-32.
Power Play Opportunities-Everett 1 / 6; Kootenay 0 / 2.
Goalies-Everett, Luding 3-5-0-0 (31 shots-27 saves). Kootenay, Brkin 2-2-1-0 (40 shots-37 saves).