KENNEWICK, WA (ISN) – The Everett Silvertips built an early 2-0 lead in Friday’s game, but couldn’t build on it as the Tri-City Americans came back to win 4-2 at the Toyota Center. The loss keeps Everett one point out of a Western Conference playoff spot going into Saturday’s showdown with the eighth-place Seattle Thunderbirds in Kent.
Josh Birkholz and Dominik Bittner found the back of the net for the Silvertips, who led by two less than nine minutes into the game. The Americans chipped away at the lead however, eventually getting another hat trick from Brendan Shinnimin and two points from Adam Hughesman to pull ahead in the third. Austin Lotz turned in a strong effort in goal for the ‘Tips with 26 saves.
The Silvertips jumped ahead with a pair of powerplay goals in the opening minutes. The first tally came at 5:35 when Ryan Murray sprung Josh Birkholz into the Tri-City zone, where he stickhandled through the defense before beating Eric Comrie high to the glove side to open the scoring. Another powerplay resulted in another goal three minutes later when Dominik Bittner’s shot from the right boards snuck through traffic and just inside the far post to put the ‘Tips on top 2-0. The Americans answered with a powerplay goal of their own later in the period as Brendan Shinnimin beat Austin Lotz with a top-corner wrister from the high slot, and Everett led 2-1 after one.
The goaltenders kept that score unchanged throughout the second period, with Lotz making a number of tough saves to keep the Americans at bay. Many of those saves came during a four-minute Tri-City powerplay late in the period following a double-minor to Reid Petryk as the Silvertips killed it off to maintain their one-goal lead.
An early third-period powerplay quickly turned against the visitors however, as Patrick Holland set up Shinnimin for a shorthanded goal to draw the Americans even at 2-2 just 2:16 in. Tri-City then went up 3-2 midway through the period as Shinnimin circled the net before feeding Adam Hughesman for a tap-in at the goal mouth. The ‘Tips generated a few chances as the period wore on, but couldn’t even things back up before Shinnimin’s empty-net goal made it 4-2 in the final minute.
Austin Lotz (2-8-0-2) looked strong with 26 stops in the losing effort as Everett was outshot 30-22. Eric Comrie (18-5-1-1) made 20 saves to earn the win. The Silvertips finished 2 for 4 on the powerplay, while the Americans converted 1 of 4.
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The Silvertips will conclude a three-game road swing at an early 6:05 pm start time Saturday night against the Seattle Thunderbirds at ShoWare Center in Kent before returning home on Sunday. The afternoon opening faceoff is set for 5:05 Sunday as the ‘Tips open a seven-game homestand against the Portland Winterhawks.
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.