Silvertips rally from 2 goals down, fall to Rockets 4-3 in OT

KELOWNA, B.C. — The Everett Silvertips got off to a sluggish start for the second straight night to fall into an early hole, then rallied in the third period to force overtime Wednesday against the Kelowna Rockets.

While the Rockets prevailed 4-3 with Lucas Johansen’s power-play game-winner at 1:04 in the extra session, the Tips erased a two-goal deficit in the third to earn a point before 4,335 fans at Prospera Place.

Everett defenseman Kevin Davis took a penalty with 10.9 seconds to play in regulation to give the Rockets a 4-on-3 advantage in overtime.

The Tips (8-2-2-0) were listless much of the first two periods, but Riley Sutter found the net twice to negate a 3-1 deficit and force the extra session.

Sutter tied it at 18:52 in the third off a rebound set up by Dominic Zwerger after the Tips pulled goaltender Mario Petit.

The 1999-born Sutter had previously cut Kelowna’s lead to 3-2 just 33 seconds into the period. Zwerger tallied the assist to run his point streak to nine straight games.

It was the third two-goal game in the past five contests for Sutter, whose father, Ron, was on hand from Calgary to watch the game.

The Tips struggled at the outset. Rodney Southam put the Rockets (4-7-0-0) on the board at 3:08 when he beat Everett goaltender Carter Hart to his glove side on the power play for a 1-0 lead.

Devante Stevens added an unassisted goal when he skated in from the right wing, deked Hart and scored at 7:49 to push the advantage to 2-0.

That was all for Hart as the reigning WHL and CHL Goaltender of the Year was pulled for Petit after allowing two goals on five shots.

The Tips reached the scoreboard at 12:58 in the second when Sean Richards set a screen and tipped in Noah Juulsen’s point shot on the power play. It was Richards’ fifth point in his past six games.

But Nolan Foote turned an Everett line change into a breakaway chance and beat Petit to push the lead back to two at 3-1 with 13:56 gone in the second. It was Foote’s first career WHL goal and came off an assist from his brother Cal and gave Kelowna a 3-1 lead heading into the third.

The Rockets finished with a 9-3 shot advantage in the first. Everett outshot Kelowna 19-16 over the final two periods, but the Rockets garnered the only two shots in overtime to finish with a 27-22 shot advantage.

Petit saved 20 of the 22 shots he faced.

The Tips return to action at 7:05 p.m. Saturday for a matchup at Victoria.

Rockets 4, Silvertips 3 (OT)

Everett0120—3

Kelowna2101—4

1st Period—1, Kelowna, Southam 1 (Stadel, Lind), 3:08 (PP). 2, Kelowna, Stephens 1 7:49. Penalties—Sutter Evt (boarding), 1:32; Kryski Kel (tripping), 8:57; Juulsen Evt (cross checking), 13:26; Thurkauf Kel (interference), 15:00; served by Richards Evt (too many men), 19:29.

2nd Period—3, Everett, Richards 3 (Juulsen, Kemp), 12:58 (PP). 4, Kelowna, Foote 1 (Foote), 13:56. Penalties—Kryski Kel (hooking), 12:46; Stadel Kel (slashing), 16:37.

3rd Period—5, Everett, Sutter 5 (Zwerger), 0:33. 6, Everett, Sutter 6 (Zwerger, Bajkov), 18:52. Penalties—Soustal Kel (misconduct-helmet), 17:39; Davis Evt (tripping), 19:49.

OT Period—7, Kelowna, Johansen 1 (Merkley, Foote), 1:04 (PP). Penalties—No Penalties

Shots on Goal—Everett 3-10-9-0-22. Kelowna 9-10-6-2-27.

Power Play Opportunities—Everett 1 / 4; Kelowna 2 / 4.

Goalies—Everett, Hart 5-2-1-0 (5 shots-3 saves); Petit 2-0-1-0 (22 shots-20 saves). Kelowna, Herringer 4-4-0-0 (22 shots-19 saves).

A—4,335

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