EVERETT, WA – Playing their fourth game in five days, the Everett Silvertips outshot Spokane 17-5 and reduced their deficit in the third period before falling to the Chiefs 5-3Sunday at Comcast Arena. The teams will meet twice more this week, with the ‘Tips visiting Spokane on Wednesday before hosting the Chiefs again on Friday.
Ryan Murray, Kohl Bauml and Trent Lofthouse scored goals for the Silvertips, who led 2-1 in the first before Spokane scored the game’s next four goals. Everett scored two powerplay goals and dominated the third period, but couldn’t overcome the three-goal deficit in defeat.
The teams combined for five goals during a busy first period, starting with Todd Fiddler’s perfect shot into the top corner off the rush for the Chiefs at 4:39. The ‘Tips tied the game just 41 seconds later on a nice effort from Ryan Murray, who strode through center to the Spokane blueline before blasting a slapshot off the arm of goaltender Eric Williams and in. Everett then took the lead after a beautiful tic-tac-toe passing sequence on the powerplay, with Kohl Bauml re-directing Ryan Harrison’s centering pass into the net at 12:17. The lead wouldn’t last long however, as Spokane’s Mike Aviani tapped in a Mitch Holmberg pass 42 seconds later to even the score at two. Holmberg scored himself just 26 seconds after that, stuffing a rebound past Kent Simpson to put the Chiefs up 3-2 after 20 minutes.
The second frame proved difficult for the Silvertips as Spokane owned a 15-2 shot edge and put its special teams to work, scoring both shorthanded and on the powerplay. With the ‘Tips on a four-minute powerplay chance midway through the second, Blake Gal intercepted a pass and scored on the ensuing breakaway to extend the Chiefs’ lead to 4-2. The visitors then scored on their own man-advantage with Marek Kalus rifling a screened shot from the low circle to give Spokane a three-goal edge going into the third.
Everett carried the play during the final period and peppered Williams with 17 shots, the most pucks the ‘Tips have sent to the net in any period this year. Another powerplay goal pulled them closer when Trent Lofthouse buried the rebound of Lucas Grayson’s point shot, putting the Spokane lead at 5-3 with six minutes remaining. The Silvertips kept coming in the final minutes, but could manage to get no closer in the loss.
Kent Simpson (6-20-1-5) stopped 29 shots in defeat, while Eric Williams (9-17-1-2) earned his first win as a Chief with 27 saves. The ‘Tips were barely outshot 34-30 in total and went 2 for 7 on the powerplay, with Spokane finished 1 for 3.
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The two teams will now bus to eastern Washington to tangle again Wednesday at Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena before returning to Everett for their third meeting in six days at 7:35 pm Friday night 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 (866-332-8499), online (www.comcastarenaeverett.com) or at the Comcast Arena box office.