Silvertips notebook: Anderson added as affiliated player

16-year-old defenseman heads to Everett after a successful midget season, plus other WHL notes

Everett’s Dylan Anderson controls the puck during a Sept. 2, 2017 game at Angel of the Winds Arena in Everett. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Everett’s Dylan Anderson controls the puck during a Sept. 2, 2017 game at Angel of the Winds Arena in Everett. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Sixteen-year-old defenseman Dylan Anderson took part in practice with the Silvertips on Monday and is being called up as an affiliate player.

The Langley, British Columbia native is fresh off a run to the semifinals of the Canadian Sport School Hockey League midget prep playoffs with his team, Yale Hockey Academy. Anderson recorded seven points (two goals, five assists) over four playoff games and scored Yale’s lone goal in its 5-1 semifinal loss to Northern Alberta Xtreme Prep, which features top 2022 NHL draft prospect Matthew Savoie.

Anderson, a fourth-round pick by Everett in the 2017 bantam draft, has appeared in one game for Everett this season, recording no points or shots on goal. The right-handed shooting defenseman will provide depth in case of injuries on Everett’s blueline entering the postseason.

Last playoff spot still up for grabs

Two B.C. Division rivals, Kamloops and Kelowna, will face off on Tuesday for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference. The winner will face Victoria, the division’s No. 2 seed. The game is free to view on the WHL’s streaming service.

Prior to this season, there’s been six other playoff tiebreaker games in the Western Hockey League’s history. Silvertips assistant coach Harry Mahood played in the WHL’s first tiebreaker game in 1981 with the Spokane Flyers, who toppled the New Westminster Bruins, 10-9.

Glass to return to Portland

Portland 19-year-old forward Cody Glass is expected to return to Portland for the playoffs after spending some time rehabbing in Las Vegas, according to Joshua Critzer of DubNetwork.ca. Glass, a sixth-round pick by the Vegas Golden Knights, hasn’t played since Feb. 23 and has amassed 69 points in 38 games.

The Winterhawks start a seven-game series at Spokane on Friday. Portland dropped both games of a home-and-home set with Seattle over the weekend to close the regular season and surrender home-ice advantage to the Chiefs.

In the Everett pipeline

■ Fifteen-year-old defenseman Olen Zellweger and his midget team, OHA Edmonton Prep, advanced to the CSSHL midget prep championship game, but were thumped, 11-1, by Northern Alberta Xtreme. Savoie finished with a goal and four assists in the rout.

Zellweger finished with four points in his five-game playoff campaign, including a three-assist performance in a 6-1 semifinal win over BWC Academy.

Jacob Wright and the top-seeded Fraser Valley Thunderbirds swept the Valley West Giants in two games to advance to the semifinals of the British Columbia Major Midget League playoffs. Wright did not record a point in the two games.

Aidan Sutter and his midget team, the Thompson Blazers, fell in two games in their BCMML first-round playoff series. Sutter finished with an assist over the two games. The fifth-seeded Blazers mustered just three goals over the last two games.

Carter Halamandaris and his midget team, the Winnipeg Wild, swept the Southwest Cougars in three games to advance to the Manitoba Midget Hockey League finals against Brandon. Halamandaris finished with no points over the three games. Game 1 of the finals begins Thursday.

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