Silvertips week in review: Preseason games get started

Everett went 1-0-1-1 over its first three preseason contests.

Here’s a quick rundown on the Silvertips week that was:


Everett hosted its annual preseason tournament over the weekend at Angel of the Winds Arena. The Tips played three games:

Tri-City 4, Everett 3 (SO)

Seattle 5, Everett 4 (OT)

Everett 3, Portland 0

So Everett finished with four of a possible six points from its three games. It should be noted, however, that it looked like the Tips, because they’ve already trimmed their roster considerably, iced a more veteran lineup than their opponents in each of the three contests.


LW Connor Dewar — Everett’s captain picked up right where he left off last season, notching a goal and four assists to lead the Tips in scoring over the weekend.

LW Sean Richards — Everett’s overage forward played in just two of Everett’s games, but he tallied two goals and two assists to finish one point behind Dewar, but leading the team in points per game.

G Dustin Wolf — The successor to Carter Hart as Everett’s No. 1 goalie got off to a good start, compiling a 1.44 goals against average and .932 save percentage in two starts, including the shutout against Seattle.


Some comments from Everett coach Dennis Williams:

“I thought we played some good hockey. Obviously this time of year you’re trying to identify a lot about your group of players, as you have to try and devise a team identity. I was really impressed with a lot of the young players, and the vets. The consistency at times was a bit of a roller coaster, but you expect that this time of year.”

“I think when you look at some of our younger players, I think at the back with the 03s (Olen Zellweger, Ty Gibson) stepping in for their first games in the Western Hockey League did a really nice job. Other young guys like Ronan Seeley, Alex Moar and Dylan Anderson were probably putting pressure on themselves knowing they’re trying to earn roster spots, but I really feel that overall those D did a nice job with their first experience in the WHL, there was a lot of positive stuff.”


Everett bids a temporary farewell to four players this week as Dewar (Minnesota), center Riley Sutter (Washington), defenseman Wyatte Wylie (Philadelphia) and defenseman Jake Christiansen (Calgary) head to NHL training camps. With Zellweger and Gibson, who are too young to play for Everett this season, heading home, and with rookie Slovakian winger Peter Melcher sitting out this weekend because of injury, the Tips will have a skeleton crew for their next batch of preseason games.


Everett changes things up this year. Instead of playing in Tri-City’s preseason tournament during the second week of the preseason, as they usually do, the Tips are heading to Langley, B.C., for a pair of games:

Saturday: Everett vs. Victoria, 3 p.m.

Sunday: Everett vs. Vancouver, 4 p.m.

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