KENT — Dawson Butt and Conrad Mitchell tallied second-period goals, Martin Fasko-Rudas and Wyatte Wylie cashed in on two more in the third and Keegan Karki made 36 saves as the Everett Silvertips topped the Seattle Thunderbirds, 4-2, at the Showare Center on Saturday night.
The Silvertips extended their winning streak to four games and have won nine of their past 10 games.
“What I’ve liked is we’ve won in different fashions,” Silvertips coach Dennis Williams said of the recent stretch. “We’ve had some where special teams have won it for us. We’ve had ones where depth guys have won it for us. Where guys who have normally scored win it for us. What I like about it is everyone is contributing and I thought it was a great team win there.”
Everett’s two import players led the way with a pair of two-point performances. Fasko-Rudas tallied a goal and an assist and Michal Gut assisted on two goals for the Silvertips.
Tyrel Bauer and Matthew Rempe scored in the third for the Thunderbirds.
A hit from Matthew Wedman on Gianni Fairbrother sparked some nastiness at the end of the game, leading to a flurry of penalties and two fights.
Things got testy tonight in Kent. With under 30 seconds left, Everett's Gianni Fairbrother checked Seattle's Conner Bruggen-Cate from behind. Went uncalled. Then Matthew Wedman came over and checked Fairbrother up high. He was given 5 for charging and a GM… pic.twitter.com/DVqyokuAyH
— Brandon Rivers (@BriversWHL) November 10, 2019
Fairbrother appeared to be OK, but he was down on the ice as mayhem broke out in the Silvertips’ corner.
“At what point do our players get protected?” Williams said. “… It’s a gross hit.”
It led to Wylie dropping the mitts with Simon Kubicek and Butt picking up a match penalty. Wedman was also given a game misconduct in addition to his charging penalty.
After that was sorted out, Andrej Kukuca and Aidan Sutter fought almost immediately after the ensuing faceoff.
“I thought the guys did exactly what hockey players do,” Williams said. “Throughout the game, we had liberties taken on us all game, and there’s no protection on that, so our guys have to defend themselves. They don’t, they’re not getting any help. That’s how hockey is played.”
It was yet another chapter in the Seattle-Everett rivalry. With suspensions potentially coming.
HOW IT WENT DOWN
The Silvertips struck first as an unattended Butt one-timed a puck that leaked into the slot to put Everett up 1-0 just 32 seconds into the second period.
Mitchell scored his second goal of the season and his second goal in as many games at 6:50 in the second to extend Everett’s lead to two.
After Fasko-Rudas’ power-play goal at 9:32 in the third, Tyrel Bauer smoked a point shot over Karki’s glove at 11:11 in the period to briefly cut the lead to 3-1.
Wylie cashed in on an empty net by firing one from his own defensive zone at 17:18 in the third to make the score 4-1, but the Thunderbirds answered quick with the extra skater and Matthew Rempe scored the first of his WHL career at 18:23 to make it 4-2.
— Fasko-Rudas tallied a goal and an assist, putting him at five points in six games since returning against Vancouver on Oct. 25.
— Gut assisted on two goals for his third multi-point game of his young career.
— Wylie posted a plus-3 rating.
Josh Horton covers the Silvertips for the Herald. Follow him on Twitter, @JoshHortonEDH