VANCOUVER, BC – Despite tying their season-high with three powerplay goals in the game, the Everett Silvertips couldn’t stay even with the Vancouver Giants in a 4-3 loss Friday night at Pacific Coliseum. The Giants have now edged the ‘Tips by a single goal in all three head-to-head meetings between the teams this year.
Cody Fowlie scored twice for Everett, who also got another multi-point night from Kohl Bauml with a goal and an assist. The Silvertips matched their best powerplay output of the season with three goals on five opportunities, while the Giants notched a pair of powerplay scores on seven chances.
Vancouver jumped out to a 2-0 first period lead, starting eight minutes in when Riley Kieser knocked a rebound out of mid-air and into the net. Kieser’s screen of Kent Simpson then set up Brett Kulak’s powerplay goal four minutes later on a long slapshot from the point. Everett battled later in the period however, scoring back-to-back powerplay goals in a span of just 33 seconds to even the score. Cody Fowlie first tapped in a back-door play from Kohl Bauml and Nick Walters only 15 seconds into a 5-on-3 powerplay to get the ‘Tips on the board, and then Jari Erricson set up Bauml in the slot for the finish at a 2-2 tie after 20 minutes.
In the second the Silvertips killed off 1:41 of 5-on-3 powerplay time for Vancouver, blocking numerous shots to keep the game tied at two. Unfortunately for Everett, that changed at 12:23 when Keifer McNaughton’s innocent wrister from the point was deflected into the top corner by Anthony Ast to put the Giants ahead 3-2. That lead grew to 4-2 on Kulak’s second goal of the night, which came on the powerplay less five minutes later with another delayed penalty coming to the ‘Tips.
The Silvertips failed to convert on two more powerplay chances in the front half of the third, but made good on another opportunity in the closing minutes. Ryan Harrison then cut around the net before making a pass into the circle to Fowlie, who one-timed it top corner to reduce the deficit to one with just under two minutes to go. The ‘Tips were not able to tie it up with an extra attacker on however as the Giants held on to win 4-3.
Kent Simpson (7-23-1-5) stopped 1110 shots in a game the featured only 45 total between the teams (23 for Vancouver and 22 for Everett). 15-year-old goaltender Payton Lee (1-0-0-0) made 1110 saves for Vancouver to earn the victory in his WHL debut.
Click Here for Box Score
The ‘Tips will now return to Everett for a rivalry matchup with the Seattle Thunderbirds in front of a packed Comcast Arena crowd Saturday night at 7:05 pm. The first 1,000 fans through the doors will also receive a free cowbell courtesy of Monster Energy Drink.
Silvertips group tickets and flex ticket packages 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 (866-332-84110110), online (www.comcastarenaeverett.com) or at the Comcast Arena box office.