EVERETT — For the second consecutive night 60 minutes was not enough.
On Saturday the Everett Silvertips and Seattle Thunderbirds went to overtime for the second time in as many nights.
But this time it went all the way to a shootout before the Thunderbirds prevailed in a shootout before a sellout crowd of 8,238 fans at Angel of the Winds Arena.
“We looked not really in-tune for the first two periods,” Everett head coach Dennis Williams said. “It was too bad. We had a great crowd and a great atmosphere, and we let a point slip away from us.”
Seattle goaltender Dorrin Luding, who was acquired from Everett in a midseason trade, snatched former teammate Patrick Bajkov’s shootout attempt out of the air and flung it toward the boards in celebration as he was mobbed by his teammates.
“It felt weird at first, but as the game went on, and after warm-ups, I felt really comfortable,” Luding said. “Yeah there is a little bit of motivation, just wanting to get the ‘W.’”
The win avenged a 4-3 overtime Everett victory Friday at ShoWare Center in Kent.
Noah Philp and Zack Andrusiak each scored for Seattle in the shootout. Matt Fonteyne scored in the shootout for Everett.
“I had the track record with (the Silvertips), practicing with them a lot,” Luding said. “I know what their instincts are so that helped a lot.”
The U.S. Division-leading Tips (37-17-2-3, 79 points) saw their three-game winning streak come to an end, but now have at least a point in six straight games.
Seattle (28-20-7-3, 65 points) snapped a four-game losing streak with the victory.
Jarret Tyszka had a goal and an assist to pace Seattle.
Luding finished with 41 saves as Everett held a 43-32 shot advantage. The former Everett netminder turned aside 21 shots in the scoreless third period alone.
Overtime solved nothing and forced the shootout.
“We had our chances to score goals and I thought a lot of times we put them right at (Luding’s) chest,” Williams said. “We didn’t make him move too much. We had lot of shots on net, but we gotta start getting some quality shots and making teams pay for turnovers.”
Everett led 1-0 through one period, but Seattle erased the advantage and took its own one-goal lead with a pair of goals early in the second period.
Blake Bargar tied it when he banged home a loose puck at the top of the crease at 1:42 on the power play. Seattle was just 1-for-2 on the man advantage, but held Everett scoreless in five power-play opportunities.
“Their power play is good,” Williams said. “They get up top, they shoot it, they out-muscle us net-front and that’s how the goals go in. It’s the same reason we haven’t had success (on the power play) either, because they’re out-muscling us in front of their net. We’re getting rebounds, but we’re getting knocked off the puck too easily and not wanting to hang around and battle for those pucks. So it’s something we’ll definitely have to address and look at.”
Tyszka then gave the T-Birds their first lead of the weekend when his point shot beat a screened Carter Hart for a 2-1 Seattle advantage at 4:26.
Riley Sutter sniped a wrister from the left circle that appeared to fool Luding to tie the game 2-2 at 16:20 in the second.
That’s how it remained for the next 28-plus minutes before going to the shootout.
Martin Fasko-Rudas put the Tips on the board when he tapped a feed from Luke Ormsby inside the left post off the rush at 16:34 in the first period.
The Tips conclude their three-game weekend with a 4:05 p.m. home puck drop against the Kamloops Blazers.
Thunderbirds 3, Silvertips 2 (SO)
Seattle 0 2 0 0 — 3
Everett 1 1 0 0 — 2
1st Period—1, Everett, Fasko-Rudas 4 (Ormsby, Vitelli), 16:54. Penalties-Wedman Sea (hooking), 7:49; Bargar Sea (unsportsmanlike cnd.), 19:06; Ormsby Evt (unsportsmanlike cnd.), 19:06.
2nd Period—2, Seattle, Bargar 11 (Tyszka, Philp), 1:42 (PP). 3, Seattle, Tyszka 7 (Volcan, Wedman), 4:26. 4, Everett, Sutter 23 (Pilon, Christiansen), 16:20. Penalties-Fonteyne Evt (cross checking), 1:20; Strand Sea (high sticking), 5:41; Ottenbreit Sea (holding opp. stick), 6:44; MacLean Sea (roughing), 9:43; Ottenbreit Sea (interference), 18:39.
3rd Period—No Scoring.Penalties-Bajkov Evt (slashing), 4:55.
OT Period—No Scoring.Penalties-No Penalties
Shootout—Seattle 2 (Philp G, Andrusiak G), Everett 1 (Pilon NG, Fonteyne G, Bajkov NG).
Shots on Goal—Seattle 9-15-7-1-1-33. Everett 9-12-21-1-0-43.
Power Play Opportunities—Seattle 1 / 2; Everett 0 / 5.
Goalies—Seattle, Luding 9-12-1-0 (43 shots-41 saves). Everett, Hart 23-4-1-3 (32 shots-30 saves).