The Silvertips paid the price for their lackluster weekend. After doing nothing offensively during a 2-1 loss at home to Seattle on Friday, then doing nothing in any regard in a 7-0 defeat at Vancouver on Saturday, coach John Becanic gathered the team Sunday morning for some extra skating. Becanic was particularly displeased with the lack of discipline, so the players did 21 skates, one for each penalty taken in the two games. Becanic was also noticably more stern with the players during practice today. Given Everett’s status as the most-penalized team in the league, Becanic’s tougher stance is understandable.
The Tips hope to turn things around this week with their two home games against Tri-City. The good news for Everett is that the Tips are reasonably healthy. Forwards Kyle Beach and Dan Gendur, who didn’t play in the third period at Vancouver, were just held out for precautionary reasons. Given the fact the game was already well out of hand, and given the fact both have been a little banged up, the Tips decided not to take any chances. Both practiced at full speed today and should be in the lineup tomorrow.
The bad news is that key penalty-killing forward Matt Ius is out with a concussion sustained Friday. He probably won’t be ready to return until the following weekend.
Another Everett concussion victim is left wing Tyler Eskesen, but not because of anything that happened on the ice. Eskesen suffered his during a fender bender driving home Saturday night after the team arrived back from Vancouver, but he escaped any further injury.
So the Tips are down a pair of forwards for this week’s games, but Becanic is glad Tyler Skauge and Eric English will get their opportunities. Becanic said he thought Skauge and English were about the only two Everett players who played well against the Giants.