KENT — The prospect of the Everett Silvertips sweeping the regular-season series against its rival ended Saturday night as Seattle handled Everett, 4-1, at the ShoWare Center for the Thunderbirds’ first win over their Interstate-5 rival in seven meetings this season.
The Silvertips (39-14-1-2) lost despite out-shooting the Thunderbirds 47-28.
“It’s hockey. You have to score goals and you have to take care of your net,” Silvertips assistant head coach Louis Mass said. “It was a good hard game and we did what he needed to do to create the offense we needed to do to win the game, we just didn’t capitalize.”
Jarret Tyszka scored the game-winning goal at 11:12 in the second period. The Montreal Canadiens prospect clapped a shot under Silvertips goaltender Dustin Wolf’s glove to put Seattle up 2-1.
The Silvertips broke open the scoring with Bryce Kindopp’s power-play goal at 15:48 after Tyrel Bauer was whistled for holding. It was the 19-year-old’s 33rd goal of the season and his 12th on the power play.
The Thunderbirds responded after an unsportsmanlike penalty was called on Robbie Holmes and Andrej Kukuca capitalized on a scramble in front of Everett’s net.
“We gave them life there,” Mass said. “We were rolling all over there to start the game and I thought we were really going well. That was definitely a momentum shift.”
Matthew Wedman capitalized on a power play at 8:47 in the third period, snapping a shot over Wolf’s glove to put the Thunderbirds up 3-1.
Payton Mount scored into an empty net after Silvertips’ head coach Dennis Williams decided to pull Wolf at 2:45 to put Seattle up 4-1. Mount’s fifth goal of the season came at 2:30.
Everett registered nine shots to Seattle’s zero before the media timeout.
“That was probably one of our best starts,” assistant coach Louis Mass said. “In my short memory, that’s the best we came out to play.”
Roddy Ross stopped 46 shots for Seattle in the win.
Wolf saved 24 shots for the Silvertips.
A difficult road schedule awaits for the Silvertips, as they’ll trek up to Prince George, British Columbia on Sunday for a two-game series with the Cougars. The puck drops for the first game at 2 p.m. Monday for Family Day in Canada.
“To me there’s regroup,” Mass said. “We just have to do what we do. We put in the work tonight, we just didn’t get the results. It’s not like we didn’t show up to play. We move on, put this one in the bank, learn from it and think about the next game.”