Silvertips week in review: Goncalves shows potential

Everett split a pair of preseason games over the weekend while short-handed.

Here’s a quick rundown of the week that was for the Everett Silvertips:


The Tips had two preseason games over the weekend, both in Langley, B.C., which is the home of the Vancouver Giants. Everett was playing severely short-handed, with four players away at NHL training camps and another four held out of action, meaning the Tips dressed just 16 skaters (eight forwards, eight defensemen) in each game, and the results were drastically different from one night to the next:

Victoria 7, Everett 1

Everett 4, Vancouver 0

The Tips are now 2-1-1-1 in the preseason and have an even goal differential having both scored and allowed 15 goals.


C Gage Goncalves — The 17-year-old rookie had a breakout weekend, assisting on Everett’s lone goal against Victoria, then scoring twice in the Tips’ victory over Vancouver. Everett has a lot of offense it needs to replace from last season, and it would be a major bonus if Goncalves, who was second in the B.C. Major Midget League in scoring last year, can provide a little of that.

D Gianni Fairbrother — Fairbrother had a power-play goal against Vancouver and finished a plus-2 for the weekend. He also had nine shots on goal between the two games to lead the team, indicating he could step up and be an offensive factor from the blue line this season.

G Dustin Wolf — Another weekend, another shutout for Everett’s heir apparent in goal as he stopped all 22 shots he faced against Vancouver. He has a 1.62 goals against average and .928 save percentage in four preseason appearances.


Everett plays its final two preseason games this week, both against the Seattle Thunderbirds. The first is Tuesday in Kent, the second is Saturday at home.

—- UPDATE, 7:30 p.m.


The Tips made a trade Monday, sending 19-year-old defenseman Jameson Murray and a 10th-round pick in the 2019 bantam draft to Victoria in exchange for a seventh-round pick in 2019. Murray, acquired at last season’s trade deadline, appeared in seven games for Everett.

This trade, along with the Tips reassigning goaltender Danton Belluk last week, leaves Everett with 25 players on its roster: 14 forwards, nine defensemen and two goalies.

Talk to us

More in Sports

Everett Silvertips players huddle together during a game against Kamloops on Saturday, Nov. 27, 2021, at Angel of the Winds Arena in Everett. (Kristin Ostrowski/Everett Silvertips)
Patterson: Tips appear to be legit contenders in top-heavy WHL

Everett proved itself in a tight 3-2 loss to Kamloops, but a few moves could help shore things up.

FILE - Toronto Blue Jays' Robbie Ray pitches to the Tampa Bay Rays during the first inning of a baseball game Monday, Sept. 20, 2021, in St. Petersburg, Fla. Ray won the AL Cy Young Award on Wednesday, Nov. 17, bouncing back from taking a rare pay cut after a dismal season to capture pitching’s top prize. Ray became the first Toronto pitcher to earn the honor since the late Roy Halladay in 2003.  (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara, File)
Source: Mariners, AL Cy Young winner Ray agree to 5-year deal

The left-handed starter’s contract is expected to be worth $115 million.

Kalen DeBoer watches Fresno State play Connecticut during a game in Fresno, Calif. on Aug. 28, 2021. (AP Photo/Gary Kazanjian)
UW tabs Fresno St.’s DeBoer as new head coach

The 47-year-old replaces fired coach Jimmy Lake after the Huskies’ first losing season since 2009.

Lake Stevens' Drew Carter holds up the ball after scoring a touchdown to secure the win as Lake Stevens beat Eastlake 45-28 in a 4A state semi-final football game at Pop Keeney Stadium on Saturday, Nov. 27, 2021 in Bothell, Washington. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)
Lake Stevens downs Eastlake to reach 4A state title game

The Vikings win 45-28 and will face Graham-Kapowsin for the state championship next weekend.

Marysville-Pilchuck's Brayden Rogers, left, and Dylan Carson take comfort after loosing to Bellevue High Saturday afternoon at Memorial Stadium in Seattle on November 27, 2021. The Tomahawks fell to the Wolverines 27-3 ending their playoff run. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
Marysville Pilchuck’s state run ends with loss to Bellevue

The Wolverines hold the high-powered Tomahawks in check and pull away in the second half for a 27-3 win in the 3A semifinals.

Padres second baseman Adam Frazier field the ball during a baseball game against the Giants on Sept. 16, 2021, in San Francisco. The Mariners acquired the All-Star second baseman from the Padres in exchange for two minor-leaguers on Saturday. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
Mariners acquire All-Star 2B Frazier from Padres

Seattle sends a pair of minor-leaguers to San Diego in exchange for the soon-to-be 30 year old.

Silvertips forward Alex Swetlikoff (90) battles for the loose puck during a game against Kamloops on Saturday, Nov. 27, 2021, at Angel of the Winds Arena in Everett. (Kristin Ostrowski / Everett Silvertips)
Blazers hand Silvertips 1st regulation loss of season

Kamloops earns a 3-2 win in a battle of Western Conference powers at Angel of the Winds Arena.

Eastern Washington wide receiver Efton Chism III, a Monroe High School graduate. (Photo provided by Eastern Washington University)
Former local standouts hope to lead Eastern to national title

With Efton Chism III, Josh Jerome and Anthany Smith helping lead the way, the Eagles begin their quest for a crown.

Washington State running back Max Borghi (21) evades a tackle attempt from Washington tight end Carson Smith (42) as he runs for a touchdown during the first half of an NCAA college football game, Friday, Nov. 26, 2021, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
Cougars end Apple Cup skid, clobber rival Huskies

Washington State snaps a seven-game losing streak to Washington with a record-setting 40-13 win.

Most Read