Bounce back after major letdown: Everett put together a lackluster performance against Tri-City on Friday, but bounced back in a big way on Saturday, trouncing the Chiefs, 6-2, at the Spokane Arena. (Here’s a dispatch from the Spokane lens from The Spokesman-Review beat writer, Kevin Dudley).
(It was) almost an inverse of (Friday’s) game,” assistant coach Louis Mass said via text message. “(We were) very opportunistic with our scoring chances which set the tone for the night early. They are definitely a good club and we were fortunate to make the most of the chances.”
Secondary scoring proves key: Everett’s top forwards, Connor Dewar and Riley Sutter, were the goal scorers for the Silvertips’ loss against the Americans. But Saturday was a different story, with Jackson Berezowski, Gianni Fairbrother, Martin Fask0-Rudas, Dawson Butt and Sean Richards chipping in goals in the 6-2 rout.
Dewar and Sutter, as terrific as they are, cannot power Everett’s offense night after night. Saturday was emblematic of how dynamic the Silvertips’ offense can be if its secondary scoring can capitalize on the attention Dewar and Sutter recieve night after night and turn it into goals.
Defense sets offensive tone: Everett’s defense is its strong suit. That’s no secret. But on Saturday, the Silvertips’ defensive corp put together one of its best offensive performances of the season.
“Good shots off of chances generated ofthe rush (helped get us going),” Mass said. “I thought we were good in the neutral zone tonight and our ‘D’ transitioned the puck out of our end better than we had in recent games.”
Fairbrother, who possses a howitzer of a shot, potted his second goal of the season. Sahvan Khaira tallied a career-high three assists. Wyatte Wylie chipped in a pair of assists and Christiansen added another helper.
Three of Everett’s top six scorers are defenseman, with Wylie owning 15 points, Christiansen having 12 and Khaira boasting nine. The Silvertips are proving its roster construction, with another elite puckmoving defenseman in Artyom Minulin on the way, is conducive to success. It’s just a matter of consistency, which Everett hasn’t achieved thus far.