SPOKANE, WA – The Everett Silvertips suffered their fifth consecutive loss Sunday night, falling 8-1 to the Spokane Chiefs at Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena. After playing nine consecutive road games over more than two weeks away, the Silvertips will now have four days off before hosting the Prince George Cougars Friday at Comcast Arena.
Tyler Maxwell scored the lone goal for the Silvertips, who were outshot 55-16 in the game. Everett trailed just 3-1 after two periods before the Chiefs capped off the victory with five third-period scores.
The Silvertips had only two shots on goal in the first period and found themselves shorthanded three times, although they killed off two of those Spokane powerplays. The Chiefs scored first at 7:33 when Carter Proft stuffed in Liam Stewart’s centering pass atop the crease. Spokane took a 2-0 lead into the locker room thanks to a powerplay goal from Mitch Holmberg with six minutes left in the first.
Everett got a 5-on-3 powerplay opportunity early in the second period and converted when Tyler Maxwell scored from a sharp angle at the side of the net to make it 2-1. Kent Simpson made a number of fantastic saves in the second to keep the ‘Tips within one, the best being a glove save on Steve Kuhn’s shorthanded breakaway. Spokane did get the two-goal edge back late in the period however, as Mike Aviani poked a rebound just over the goal line to put the Chiefs’ lead at 3-1 going into the third.
The final period quickly soured for the visitors as Spokane scored three times in 1:37 to put the game out of reach. Jarid Hauptman, Anthony Bardaro and Mike Aviani notched the three quick tallies to make it 6-1 for the Chiefs. Austin Lotz relieved Kent Simpson after the fifth goal, but didn’t have any more luck as Spokane got late goals from Dominik Uher and Tyler King to close the 8-1 win.
Kent Simpson (4-10-0-2) stopped 38 shots before being replaced by Austin Lotz, who had nine saves. Luke Lee-Knight (2-0-0-1) finished with 14 saves. The Silvertips were 1 for 3 on the powerplay, while the Chiefs converted 2 of 6.
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With their longest road trip of the season now complete, the Silvertips will return home to Everett to host a six-game homestand. The ‘Tips return to their home ice with a back-to-back set against the Prince George Cougars on Friday and Saturday at Comcast Arena.
Group tickets and mini-game packages for the 2011-2012 regular season can be purchased in person at the team office inside at Comcast Arena or by phone at 425-252-5100. Single game tickets are on sale by phone (866-332-8449), online (comcastarenaeverett.com) or at the Comcast Arena box office.