Everett won its ninth consecutive game on Sunday, topping the Chiefs, 2-0. Bryce Kindopp recorded his 12th and 13th goals of the season to propel the Silvertips. Everett is 14-1-1-0 in its last 16 games dating back to Nov. 3.
Here are the three takeaways:
Rookies draw praise
Sean Richard’s second suspension of the season and injuries to Martin Fasko-Rudas and Akash Bains, three consistent fixtures in the Silvertips’ lineup, opened up plenty of ice time for others.
Williams said he thought some made the most of that opportunity on Sunday.
“We have to balance it,” Williams said of his lines. “When you’re missing three guys that are in your lineup, you’re only dressing 10 forwards, you try to have depth to every position. I thought (Jackson Berezowski) played really well today. I thought Gage Goncalves played a great game out there and was one of our best players on the ice,” he said. “I thought Conrad Mitchell played a great game. Jalen Price, too. Those guys deserve as much credit as anybody in terms of how they approach it and are thrown into the fire like that.”
Sixteen-year-old forward Berezowski has been Everett’s most consistent rookie forward all season long and he was rewarded for his steady play on Sunday, sharing the Silvertips’ top line with Connor Dewar and Riley Sutter.
It’s no secret that the Silvertips’ coaching staff holds Berezowski’s two-way game in high regard. Dewar and Sutter are difficult players to share a line with how fast they can play and their playmaking acumen. It shows that Berezowski is high, if not at the top of the pecking order, concerning Everett’s young players.
Wolf on fire
A 43-save performance in Kent on Saturday was followed with a 21-save shutout on Sunday.
Dustin Wolf has been a rock in net for Everett all season. But he hasn’t always had to make a litany of saves game-in-and-game-out because his defense is solid in front of him.
But lately, he’s made plenty of tough saves and has almost always answered the call.
“I think I’m just sticking to my gameplan,” Wolf said. “When you’re on a roll like this you don’t want to change much and thankfully I have my defenseman and forwards to bail me out when I need it. I was just fortunate to have one of those games last night where I saw a little more rubber than usual and I was excited for the challenge.”
Wolf posted his third shutout of the season and the seventh of his career on Sunday. The 17-year-old netminder climbed to fifth on Everett’s all-time shutouts list, surpassing Kent Simpson and Thomas Heemskerk.
Staying out of the box
Spokane possesses a skilled and lethal power play, entering Sunday with the top unit in the Western Hockey League with a 28.1 success rate. Everett killed Spokane’s only power-play chance on Sunday.
Remaining disciplined and not taking bad penalties is key to beating the Chiefs, who are quarterbacked by 2018 first-round draft pick Ty Smith and feature Riley Woods, who has potted 23 goals this season, on the power play. The only penalty Everett was whistled for was an interference call on Dawson Butt in the first period, but the Silvertips killed the penalty with relative ease.