EVERETT, WA – The Everett Silvertips outshot the Swift Current Broncos 11-2 in the third period and 33-23 for the game, but came away with only one goal in a 3-1 loss Saturday night at Comcast Arena. The defeat was Everett’s fourth straight to close their November homestand, leaving their record at 5-17-0-4 going into December.
Ryan Harrison tallied the Silvertips lone goal in the contest, with Josh Birkholz assisting to increase his point streak to eight consecutive games. The ‘Tips played from behind for most of the night as Taylor Vause scored twice and Jon Groenheyde was perfect over the game’s final 53 minutes.
The Broncos were first to get on the board off an Everett turnover when Graham Black’s shot from the top of the circle found the back of the net. Ryan Harrison tied the game just minutes later, getting the puck on a nice play from Josh Birkholz and cutting into the high slot before firing a low shot off the post and in. Swift Current re-took the lead just two minutes after that as Adam Lowry bulled his way in front before Taylor Vause capitalized on a loose puck to give the Broncos a 2-1 lead going into the second frame.
The Broncos then grabbed a two-goal advantage thanks to a key sequence early in the second period. The ‘Tips had just killed off over a minute of 5-on-3 powerplay time for the Broncos when Taylor Vause scored his second goal of the night from the left boards at the 3:32 mark. Everett was outshot for the rest of the second period, but carried the play throughout most of the third. Despite two powerplays and the 11-2 shot margin in the last 20 minutes, the Silvertips couldn’t light the lamp again and fell 3-1.
Kent Simpson (4-13-0-2) had a quiet night in goal with 20 saves, while Jon Groenheyde (9-8-1-2) stopped 32 shots in the victory. The ‘Tips were 4-for-4 against Swift Current’s second-ranked powerplay unit, but also went scoreless on three chances of their own.
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Next up for the Silvertips is the first of three straight road games Friday in Portland against the Winterhawks. Everett will then visit the Tri-City Americans on Saturday and the Kamloops Blazers on Wednesday, December 7 before returning to Comcast Arena for home games vs. Spokane and Tri-City on December 9 and 10.
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.