EVERETT, WA – Playing their fourth game in five days and in their first game back from a six-game road trip, the Everett Silvertips downed the Vancouver Giants 4-2 in the conclusion of a home-and-home set before a loud crowd of 7,527 Saturday night at Comcast Arena.
The win, which was Everett’s first against Vancouver this year after four one-goal losses, pulled the Silvertips to within one point of seventh place in the Western Conference.
Cody Fowlie had one goal and two assists on the night, while Jari Erricson recorded a goal and an assist for the second straight game. Reid Petryk and Josh Birkholz scored the other two goals for Everett and Ryan Harrison tallied a pair of assists. Kent Simpson made 41 saves to win for the fifth time in six starts. Tempers flared as both teams worked off their momentum from Friday’s game, totaling 96 penalty minutes divvied out between the two teams.
Bad blood from Friday’s contest in Vancouver made its way to Everett as Josh Caron and Wes Vannieuwenhuizen took offsetting Unsportsmanlike Conduct penalties just 13 seconds into the first period. The ‘Tips used this momentum and recorded the only goal of the frame on a beautiful passing sequence just over five minutes in. Kohl Bauml kept the puck in at the blueline and found Ryan Harrison with a cross-ice feed. Harrison then dropped pass to an oncoming Cody Fowlie, who rocketed a wrist shot top corner past goaltender Adam Morrison for a 1-0 Silvertips lead after one.
The second period began much like the first as sparks continued to fly. This time Vancouver got on the board after creating an odd-man rush into the ‘Tips zone, Marek Tvrdon found Neil Manning unattended on the far side for a tap-in goal. The Giants would take the lead with a powerplay goal as David Musil’s shot from the blue line made its way through traffic and over the shoulder of Kent Simpson.
Storming back, Everett scored two of their own to take a 3-2 lead heading into the final 20 minutes. The ‘Tips tied the game at two with a powerplay goal of their own as Cody Fowlie found Jari Erricson beside the net, where he backhanded a shot past the skate of the Giants’ goalie and inside the post. Just after the expiration of another powerplay two minutes later, Erricson helped set up Reid Petryk in front for the go-ahead goal that gave Everett a 3-2 lead.
Vancouver came out firing in the third period, outshooting the ‘Tips 10-1 at the halfway point. Everett’s defense and Kent Simpson kept the hard-charging Giants at bay throughout the period however, preserving the lead despite being outshot 14-4 in the last 20 minutes. Josh Birkholz scored an empty-netter as Morrison was heading to the Vancouver bench with less than a minute left to secure a 4-2 win.
Kent Simpson (13-25-1-5) stopped 41 of 43 shots to earn the win, while Adam Morrison (28-12-1-1) turned away 24 of 28. The Giants finished with a 43-28 shot advantage on the night and went 1 for 4 on the powerplay, while the Silvertips finished 1 for 5.
After a busy four-game week including travel, the Silvertips will have five days off before hosting back-to-back home games next weekend at Comcast Arena. The Portland Winterhawks come to Everett Friday night at 7:35 pm before the Giants return to Comcast Arena at 7:05 pm next Saturday for their final head-to-head matchup with the ‘Tips this season.
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 (866-332-8499), online ( www.comcastarenaeverett.com ) or at the Comcast Arena box office.