Silvertips game postponed

Inclement weather, road closures force Everett’s Wednesday contest with Red Deer to be moved back a day.

The Western Hockey League announced Wednesday afternoon that the contest between the Everett Silvertips and Red Deer Rebels, scheduled for 7:05 p.m. Wednesday at Angel of the Winds Arena, has been postponed until Thursday.

“Weather conditions causing road closures in the Pacific Northwest resulted in the decision to postpone Wednesday’s game,” the league said in a press release.

With all mountain passes — Snoqualmie, Stevens and White Pass — closed following the Rebels’ Tuesday game in Spokane, Red Deer traveled down Interstate 84 with the intention of traversing through the Columbia River Gorge and up through Portland.

But the interstate was eventually closed overnight between exits 64 and 44 due to vehicles in stuck in the poor weather conditions, and the Rebels were stranded at a McDonald’s in Hood River, Ore.

“We are in Hood River, OR. It’s really nice this time of year. The local McDonald’s has been very accommodating. Highways closed, sure would like to get to Everett for our date with @WHLsilvertips #RDR,” Red Deer wrote on its team Twitter account.

The highway didn’t open up until about 3 p.m. Wednesday. Accounting for traffic on the Interstate 5 corridor, there was a slim chance the Rebels would have been able to travel from Hood River to Everett for a reasonable start time.

The postponement will intensify an already difficult upcoming stretch for Everett. The Silvertips will now play five games in six days, with their only off day on Sunday designated for the 10-to-11-hour trek to Prince George, British Columbia, for a 2 p.m. game against the Cougars on Monday.

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