KENT, WA – The Everett Silvertips came back to gain one point but ultimately fell 2-1 in a shootout to the Seattle Thunderbirds Tuesday night at the ShoWare Center. The ‘Tips are now 1-6 in shootouts this season after the narrow defeat, which came in in their first game back from a ten-day layoff for the WHL’s holiday break. The two teams are set to meet again Wednesday night in Everett.
Jesse Mychan scored the Silvertips’ only goal to knot the game at one in the third period and force extra time. Everett wouldn’t beat Calvin Pickard again however as Seattle’s Colin Jacobs notched the lone shootout tally to give the T-Birds the win. Kent Simpson stopped 32 shots and two of three shooters on the way to his fourth shootout defeat this year.
Both clubs missed on a pair of powerplay chances as they tried to find their legs in a scoreless first period, with Seattle skating to a narrow 10-9 shot advantage. The scoreless deadlock remained through most of the second frame as well before the Thunderbirds finally opened the scoring at 14:34. Evan Wardley’s shot from the right side caromed off traffic in front and directly to the far side for Burke Gallimore, who shot the puck into an open net to put the T-Birds up 1-0 after 40 minutes.
The ‘Tips started pushing to even the score in the third, eventually doing so on a pretty 2-on-1 play just over seven minutes in. Jesse Mychan started a rush into the Seattle zone before dropping a pass to Kohl Bauml, who then sent the puck back across the slot to Mychan for the finish and a 1-1 game. The play would be fairly even throughout the rest of the third period and overtime, setting the stage for Everett’s WHL-high seventh shootout of the season. Colin Jacobs scored as the Thunderbirds’ first shooter and Calvin Pickard did the rest, stopping all three Silvertips to finish out a 2-1 win for the T-Birds.
Kent Simpson (5-16-1-4) stopped the final two Thunderbird shooters in addition to his 32 saves during regulation and overtime. Calvin Pickard (14-14-0-1) got back to .500 for the season with a 28-save effort as Seattle outshot Everett 33-29 for the night. Both clubs finished 0 for 4 on the powerplay in the contest.
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The two teams will now finish their home-and-home series Wednesday in Everett, meeting for the fourth time overall this season and second at Comcast Arena at 7:05 pm. Then after the ‘Tips host Moose Jaw on New Year’s Eve, they’ll face-off against the T-Birds for the third time in nine days next Wednesday, January 4 at Comcast Arena.
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