Opponent: Portland Winter Hawks
When: 7 p.m.
Where: Rose Garden, Portland, Ore.
Radio: KRKO (1380 AM)
The revolving door that’s been Everett’s lineup throughout the playoffs so far continues to cycle players through at a busy rate.
Shuffling out for Wednesday’s 3-2 overtime victory over Portland in Game 4: overagers Mitch Love and Tyler Dietrich as Everett continues to cope with a rash of injuries.
Love, Everett’s captain and one of the Tips’ top defensemen, suffered an injury early in the second period of Tuesday’s 3-0 victory in Game 3. Love and Portland center Brandon Dubinsky had a knee-to-knee collision. Love played through the pain Tuesday, but was unable to suit up Wednesday.
Dietrich, a left wing and one of Everett’s most creative players, was a surprise inclusion in Game 3, playing for the first time in two months because of a fractured ankle. Dietrich didn’t reinjure the ankle, but soreness prevented him from playing on back-to-back nights.
Everett coach Kevin Constantine listed both players as day-to-day.
“They’re making progress,” Constantine said. “It’s just one of those things. Those are going to be game-day decisions the next couple of games.”
While Love and Dietrich headed out the revolving door, left wing Michael Wuchterl and defenseman Taylor Ellington walked back in. Both players returned Wednesday after sitting out the first three games of the playoffs with concussions. Both saw limited action and made it through the game unscathed.
Tri-City move denied: The Tri-City Americans, who had applied to the Western Hockey League to relocate to Chilliwack, British Columbia, had their application turned down Thursday.
The Americans failed to receive the necessary two-thirds vote – 14 out of 20 – at a Board of Governers meeting held in Calgary, Alberta, during which deliberations took more than six hours.
Each of the four remaining U.S. Division teams – Everett, Seattle, Portland and Spokane – had indicated they did not support the move. Though final vote totals were confidential, the Vancouver Sun reported that 11 teams voted in favor of the move and nine voted against it.
The Americans have been playing in Tri-City since the 1988-89 season.
Ticket contingency: Should the Tips lose tonight’s Game 5, tickets for Saturday’s Game 6 at the Everett Events Center will go on sale online immediately following the game at www.everettsilvertips.com. Phone sales will start at 7 a.m. Saturday at 866-332-8499. The Everett Events Center box office will open at 10 a.m. for live sales.
Nick Patterson, Herald writer