Silvertips’ offense explodes in win over Rockets

Patrick Bajkov led Everett with three goals, two assists.

EVERETT — Friday night in Kelowna, Patrick Bajkov broke Zach Hamill’s Everett Silvertips franchise record for points.

On Saturday, he wasted no time adding to that record as he had a hat trick and two assists in an 8-2 Everett win over the Kelowna Rockets before 6,758 fans on “Star Wars Night” at Angel of the Winds Arena.

Bajkov’s franchise points record now stands at 269. Next up in the Silvertips record book is Tyler Maxwell’s franchise record of 107 goals. With Saturday’s hat trick Bajkov has scored 106 times in his Western Hockey League career.

“Looking back it’s something that’s pretty special with all the players who have gone through this organization,” Bajkov said. “Right now it’s something to enjoy for a couple hours, and we were focused on what was important coming into tonight.”

More importantly, the Silvertips (34-17-1-2, 71 points) moved three points up on Kelowna (32-16-3-1, 68 points) for the top spot in the Western Conference. Everett has defeated the Rockets in all three meetings this season with one more home game remaining.

“They’re a great team. They’re a fast, skilled team with some size in the back end,” Bajkov said. “It says a lot about our character as a team about what we can do as a team if we’re working closely on our details.”

Garrett Pilon added two goals and two assists in the victory.

“He’s a huge part of what we have going on,” Bajkov said. “Picking up (defenseman Ondrej) Vala and Pilon are both key parts of what we want to accomplish down the road. With Pilon’s skill set, it’s unbelievable. Same with Vala. He’s a big D-man back there who can control the play.”

Kevin Davis added a goal and an assist and Sean Richards had two helpers as 12 different Silvertips reached the scoresheet.

Carter Hart finished with 23 saves on 25 shots for his second victory over the Rockets in as many nights.

Bajkov finished the hat trick when he potted a rebound at 12:14 in the third period to push Everett’s lead to 6-2.

Pilon added a power-play wrister from the slot at 18:46, and Martin Fasko-Rudas completed the scoring with 2.6 seconds to play.

The Tips never trailed as they took control with a three-goal second stanza in which they outshot Kelowna 24-5.

“I thought they out-worked us and out-competed us on puck touches and were stronger on pucks (in the first period),” Everett coach Dennis Williams said. “We were kind of chasing the game even though we had a 2-1 lead. We challenged them in the second to play really the way we know how to play, and I thought out our play picked up. We were first on the play, on puck touches, we were carrying the puck, we were physical and putting pucks behind their ‘D.’”

Pilon got it started when walked in with the puck from the corner. Kelowna defenseman Gordie Ballhorn attempted to clear the puck, but it deflected off Cal Foote and past goalie Cole Tisdale into the net for a 3-1 advantage at 2:19.

Foote’s wrister from the slot at 5:39 made it 3-2, but Everett answered with a pair of goals. Riley Sutter buried a rebound of Dawson Butt’s shot at 10:57, and Bajkov rifled a shot past Tisdale from the left circle at 19:39 as Everett took a 5-2 lead into the third.

It was Bajkov’s second goal of the game. His first goal came on a power play during the first minute of the game when he scored on a shot into the upper left corner from the right circle thanks to a goalie screen from Connor Dewar at 45 seconds.

However, the Rockets drew even 14 seconds later when Foote’s wrister hit the post, bounced off Hart’s back and trickled over the goal line to tie the game 1-1.

Davis’s rocket from the point beat Tisdale to give Everett a 2-1 lead at 11:51 in the first period.

“I think we needed a little bit of a wake-up call coming out in the second, and I think we answered the bell,” Bajkov said. “We were lucky to come out of the first with a lead, but we knew it wasn’t good enough for a team like Kelowna because you know they’re always going to be pushing.”

Everett was 2-for-5 on the power play while holding Kelowna scoreless on the man advantage. The Tips finished with a 42-25 shot advantage.

The Tips return home for a 7:35 p.m. Friday game against the Spokane Chiefs at Angel of the Winds Arena.

For the latest Silvertips news follow Jesse Geleynse on Twitter.

Silvertips 8, Rockets 2

Kelowna 1 1 0 – 2

Everett 2 3 3 – 8

1st Period-1, Everett, Bajkov 25 (Davis, Pilon), 0:45 (PP). 2, Kelowna, Foote 12 (Dube), 0:59. 3, Everett, Davis 7 (Richards, Bajkov), 11:51. Penalties-Topping Kel (hooking), 0:18; Pow Kel (major-fighting), 16:54; Butt Evt (major-fighting), 16:54.

2nd Period-4, Everett, Pilon 24 (Kindopp), 2:19. 5, Kelowna, Foote 13 (Mattson, Zabransky), 5:39. 6, Everett, Sutter 21 (Butt, Pilon), 10:57. 7, Everett, Bajkov 26 (Richards), 19:39. Penalties-Bruggen-Cate Kel (roughing), 7:19; Dube Kel (interference), 7:19; Richards Evt (roughing), 7:19.

3rd Period-8, Everett, Bajkov 27 (Dewar, Wylie), 12:14. 9, Everett, Pilon 25 (Fonteyne, Bajkov), 18:46 (PP). 10, Everett, Fasko-Rudas 3 (Walker), 19:57. Penalties-Pilon Evt (inter. on goaltender), 2:37; Chizen Kel (slashing), 9:53; Sutter Evt (charging), 16:20; Twarynski Kel (interference), 16:48; Chizen Kel (roughing), 17:57.

Shots on Goal-Kelowna 12-5-8-25. Everett 7-24-11-42.

Power Play Opportunities-Kelowna 0 / 2; Everett 2 / 5.

Goalies-Kelowna, Tisdale 2-1-1-0 (31 shots-26 saves); Salmond 6-6-0-1 (11 shots-8 saves). Everett, Hart 21-4-0-2 (25 shots-23 saves).


Talk to us

More in Sports

Kaitlin Hawayek and Jean-Luc Baker compete in the rhythm dance program during the U.S. Figure Skating Championships Friday, Jan. 7, 2022, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Zaleski)
Local Olympians Baker, Beighton nervously await games with COVID-threat lingering

Jean-Luc Baker and Sean Beighton qualified for the Winter Olympics, but 1 positive COVID test could derail their dreams.

Washington guard Terrell Brown Jr. (23) breaks away after a turnover as Stanford forward Spencer Jones (14) looks on during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Saturday, Jan. 15, 2022, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
Huskies outlast Cardinal for 3rd Pac-12 win

Terrell Brown Jr. poured in 25 points and Jamal Bey added 17 for the Huskies.

Prep results for Saturday, Jan. 15

Prep results for Saturday, Jan. 15: (Note for coaches/scorekeepers: To report results… Continue reading

Los Angeles Kings center Adrian Kempe, second from right, celebrates his goal with teammates Alex Iafallo (19), Anze Kopitar, center and Matt Roy (3) as Seattle Kraken right wing Joonas Donskoi (72) and Seattle Kraken center Calle Jarnkrok (19) react during the first period of an NHL hockey game, Saturday, Jan. 15, 2022, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Lindsey Wasson)
Kraken’s losing streak reaches 9 after loss to Kings

Seattle produced just 18 shots on goal as their losing streak continued to climb towards double digits.

Silvertips fall to rival Thunderbirds

Everett fell behind 4-0 before scoring its first goal and was outshot 45 to 19.

FILE - In this Sept. 15, 2015, file photo, Pittsburgh Pirates' Travis Snider drives in two runs with a single off Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Jason Hammel during the first inning of the first baseball game of a doubleheader in Pittsburgh. Snider has agreed to a minor league contract with the Texas Rangers and will attend big league spring training. Snider, whose deal was announced Friday, Jan. 6, 2017, did not appear in the major leagues last season. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)
Former Jackson star Snider retires from MLB

The 33-year-old spent parts of eight seasons with the Blue Jays, Pirates and Orioles.

Shorecrest's Parker Baumann gathers a loose dribble with Stanwood's John Floyd defending Thursday evening at Shorecrest High School in Shoreline, Washington on January 13, 2022. The Highlanders won 88-68. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
Shorecrest boys race past Stanwood in key league clash

Devon Nehring has a career night as the Scots improve to 10-1 with an 88-68 win over the Spartans.

Prep results for Friday, Jan. 14

Prep results for Friday, Jan. 14: (Note for coaches/scorekeepers: To report results… Continue reading

Kevin Clark / The Herald

***Silvertips Special Sections*****
Yan Khomenko signals for substitution Sunday night at Xfinity Arena in Everett, Wa on September 6th, 2015

Sports:  Silvertips Special Section
Shot on: 09/06/15
Silvertips blast Spokane 6-2

Six different players scored as Everett rolled to another victory.

Most Read