EVERETT (ISN) – The Everett Silvertips punched their ticket to the 2012 WHL playoffs Sunday evening when the Portland Winterhawks defeated the Seattle Thunderbirds 8-2 at Memorial Coliseum, clinching Everett’s ninth playoff appearance in as many seasons of existence.

As the #8 seed in the Western Conference, the Silvertips will face the top-seeded Tri-City Americans in a best-of-seven first round playoff series starting Friday. The entire series schedule is as follows:

#1 Tri-City Americans vs. #8 Everett Silvertips

Game 1 @ Tri-City: Fri., March 23 7:05 pm

Game 2 @ Tri-City: Sat., March 24 7:05 pm

Game 3 @ Everett: Tue., March 27 7:05 pm

Game 4 @ Everett: Wed., March 28 7:05 pm

*Game 5 @ Tri-City: Sat., March 31 7:05 pm

*Game 6 @ Everett: Mon., April 2 7:05 pm

*Game 7 @ Tri-City: Wed., April 4 7:05 pm

* if necessary

Silvertips playoff ticket packages are available now for the best deal on playoff tickets. Playoff packages include our first four playoff home games and range from $48 to $100 per seat. That’s a cost of just $12 to $25 per game for tickets to the most exciting hockey of the season! Season ticket holders can reserve their playoff packages until 5:00 pm Monday before single-game playoff tickets go on sale to the general public.

By purchasing a playoff pack now, fans will also establish a priority number for the 2012-13 season, allowing new package holders a great opportunity to choose from the best seats available for the Silvertips’ tenth-anniversary season. Remaining balances from any un-played postseason games will go toward 2012-13 season tickets or mini-game plans. Season ticket and mini-package holders who pre-ordered playoff packages can pick-up their tickets starting Monday at the Silvertips office at Comcast Arena.

Single-game playoff tickets will go on sale Tuesday morning at 10am at the Silvertips office, online at and by phone at (866) 332-8499. The Silvertips office is open weekdays, 8:30 am to 5:00 pm. For more information or to buy Silvertips playoff tickets, please call the Silvertips office at (425) 252-5100 to speak with a ticketing representative.

Thank you for your continued support of Everett Silvertips hockey – we look forward to seeing you at Comcast Arena for the 2012 WHL Playoffs!