Silvertips fall to Royals in SO; Giants clinch top seed

Everett earns a point in the 3-2 loss, but Vancouver wins to clinch the top spot in the West.

VICTORIA, B.C. — In a back-and-forth contest on Friday, the Everett Silvertips lost to the Victoria Royals 3-2 in a shootout and also lost their chance at the top playoff seed in the Western Conference.

The Silvertips came away with a point to give them 97 on the season, but the Vancouver Giants beat the Kelowna Rockets 2-1 on Friday to reach 100 points with only one game remaining on the season.

Connor Dewar opened the scoring with a goal at 1:15 in the first period. The Royals responded with a goal from Brandon Cutler at 1:32.

Everett claimed the lead again when Martin Fasko-Rudas scored at 8:59 in the second period. But Victoria answered again on another goal from Cutler at 9:56 in the period.

After a scoreless third frame and overtime, the Royals won the shootout 2-1.

Dustin Wolf finished with 28 saves for the Silvertips (46-16-2-3).

Griffen Outhouse had 35 saves for the Royals (34-29-2-2).

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