The Silvertips’ Jake Christiansen takes a shot on goal during a game against the Chiefs on Jan. 26, 2020, in Everett. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

The Silvertips’ Jake Christiansen takes a shot on goal during a game against the Chiefs on Jan. 26, 2020, in Everett. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

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Silvertips release abbreviated 24-game schedule

Everett will open its season against Spokane at Angel of the Winds Arena on March 20.

The Everett Silvertips released their shortened 2021 regular-season schedule Wednesday.

The Silvertips are slated to open their season at home on March 20 against the Spokane Chiefs, with puck drop set for 6:05 p.m. at Angel of the Winds Arena.

Everett will play a 24-game regular-season schedule exclusively against U.S. Division opponents. The other four U.S. Division teams are the Seattle Thunderbirds, Spokane Chiefs, Tri-City Americans and Portland Winterhawks.

The Silvertips are scheduled for 12 home games and 12 away games. They have seven games against Seattle, six apiece against Spokane and Portland, and five against Tri-City.

Everett’s road matchup against Portland on March 26 is slated to be played at the ShoWare Center in Kent. The locations for the Silvertips’ other two road matchups against Portland on April 27 and April 30 are to be determined.

Everett’s regular-season finale is May 8 on the road against the Thunderbirds.

Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, no spectators will be allowed to enter Western Hockey League facilities until further notice, according to the Silvertips’ release.

All Silvertips games can be viewed through an all-new WHL Live streaming service on CHL TV at Full-season subscriptions cost 59.99 Canadian dollars, while 24-hour passes cost 6.99 Canadian dollars. Everett’s season opener can be streamed for free.

Silvertips play-by-play voice Mike Benton returns for his sixth season as the team’s radio announcer for all home and away games.

Everett hasn’t played since March 8, 2020, which was the team’s final game before the WHL canceled the remainder of last season because of the pandemic.

According to the WHL’s release, the league will implement an “ongoing weekly private antigen testing strategy.” Enhanced screening for all WHL players, billets, team staff and officials will take place daily, including regular temperature screenings and symptom monitoring.

During games and practices, players must wear gaiter-style masks while on the bench. Coaches and other team personnel will be required to wear masks at all times. Officials will be required to wear gaiter masks while on the ice.

“The WHL has developed an extensive set of protocols, to not only provide a safe environment for players and staff, but to protect individuals in the community,” the league’s release said.

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