Shinnimin Leads Tri-City Over Everett

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KENNEWICK, WA (ISN) – Brendan Shinnimin registered a hat trick and six points as the Everett Silvertips suffered a 7-2 loss to the Tri-City Americans Tuesday night at the Toyota Center.

The teams will meet again in Kennewick on Friday night as the Silvertips look to snap a three-game skid against Tri-City.

Reid Petryk scored in the second period to draw the Silvertips within 3-1, but Everett would not muster another tally until Jordyn Boyd scored for the third straight game in the closing seconds.  The Americans outshot Everett 39-23 and scored on two of seven powerplay chances, while the ‘Tips had just two powerplays and did not score.

The first period started out quietly as the teams combined for just two shots in the first ten minutes.  The Silvertips had already killed off a pair off Tri-City powerplay chances when the Americans opened the scoring just after the second opportunity ended later in the period.  Brendan Shinnimin drew the Everett defense toward him on the rush before dishing across the slot to Brian Williams for the goal at 17:36, giving the Ams a 1-0 advantage through 20 minutes.

Shinnimin scored a pair of goals to start the second period, extending Tri-City’s lead to 3-0.  Shinnimin first tucked in a cross-ice feed on the powerplay and then rushed the puck up the ice and cut across the slot before rifling a shot inside the left post only 1:21 later.  The Silvertips countered two minutes after that as Reid Petryk finished off a nice passing play by re-directing a Josh Birkholz pass through Ty Rimmer’s five-hole to put the score at 3-1.  Everett’s momentum was short-lived however, as Shinnimin set up Adam Hughesman in front for another Americans’ goal just 21 seconds later.  Kent Simpson was then relieved by Austin Lotz, and the ‘Tips trailed 4-1 after two.

Tri-City kept up the pressure as the third period commenced, with Hughesman netting another powerplay goal less than four minutes in.  Shinnimin completed the hat trick midway through the period to make it 6-1 with his sixth point of the night.  After Patrick Holland tacked on a seventh goal for the Americans at 17:38, Boyd beat Ty Rimmer inside the far post from the slot with 20 seconds remaining to provide the final 7-2 margin.

Kent Simpson (14-27-1-5) took the loss after stopping nine shots in just over 28 minutes, while Austin Lotz came in to make 23 saves over the last 31-plus minutes of play.  Ty Rimmer (24-10-1-1) totaled 21 stops in his 24th victory of the year.

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The Silvertips will visit the Tri-Cities again Friday at 7:05 pm as they open a three-in-three weekend against the Americans.  Everett will then visit the Seattle Thunderbirds for an important game on Saturday before returning to Comcast Arena to host the Portland Winterhawks Sunday afternoon at 5:05 pm.

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.

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