Everett was so thin up front over the weekend that Dennis Williams was forced to employ five defensemen at the end of the Silvertips’ 6-3 win over Prince George on Saturday.
With a couple days off and some forwards returning to the lineup from injury, that’s a tactic the Silvertips hope remains an aberration and not a common occurrence.
Silvertips forwards Connor Dewar and Dawson Butt both returned to practice on Tuesday, with Dewar wearing a red non-contact jersey.
“It’s good to be back,” Dewar said. “I missed being out there.”
Both would be welcome returns to Everett’s lineup, especially Dewar.
The 19-year-old forward leads the Silvertips with 73 points (34 goals, 39 assists). Dewar missed the last four games with an upper-body injury. If he’s cleared for contact on Wednesday, he’s likely to be eligible to play on Friday when the Silvertips host Tri-City, according to Silvertips general manager Garry Davidson.
Butt, 19, has been out since Feb. 2 with an upper-body injury. He has amassed 14 points (seven goals, seven assists) in 48 games this season.
Everett played down a skater during Saturday’s contest with the Cougars and the Tips dressed just 10 of their 12 available forwards. The Silvertips endured a stretch of seven games in 10 days, claiming 10 of a possible 14 points over that span.
Forward doubtful for return
Martin Fasko-Rudas remains day-to-day with an upper-body injury, but is doubtful for the weekend slate, according to Davidson. He left Friday’s matchup with Seattle after an open-ice hit from Cade McNelly, which resulted in a five-minute check to the head major and a four-game suspension for the Thunderbirds’ defenseman.