Tips Can’t Hold Early Leads in Spokane

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March 9, 2013, Spokane, WA (ISN) – The Everett Silvertips held leads of 2-0 and 3-2 on Friday night before eventually seeing their winless streak at Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena extended in a 6-3 loss to the Spokane Chiefs.

The Silvertips will now prepare for their final meeting of the year with the rival Seattle Thunderbirds Saturday night in Kent in a game with substantial playoff implications.

Josh Winquist scored two goals in the contest and Brayden Low notched his first WHL tally as well as the Silvertips never trailed until the 6:30 mark of the third period. Mirco Mueller notched a pair of assists for the second straight game, but Spokane’s powerplay was the difference with two goals on the last four opportunities of the contest. The Chiefs were 3 for 7 overall with the man-advantage, while the ‘Tips went 1 for 4.

Everett started the game well, drawing a 5-on-3 powerplay less than five minutes in. Josh Winquist set up along the goal line during the advantage and one-timed a Connor Cox pass into the net from the sharp angle to give the ‘Tips an early edge. The Silvertips doubled the lead off the rush later in the period as Carson Stadynk sent a pass across the zone to Dawson Leedahl, who ripped a shot from the top of the circle that was tipped in by Brayden Low for his first WHL goal at 12:49. Spokane got one goal back late in the period as Dylan Walchuk won a battle behind the net and slid a pass across the crease, where Connor Chartier knocked it in to put the Everett lead at 2-1 after the first.

The Chiefs tied the game early in the second stanza when Riley Whittingham grabbed a loose puck in the low circle and snuck it past Austin Lotz at 3:08. The ‘Tips went back on top 3-2 minutes later when Josh Winquist created a turnover in the Spokane zone and eventually tucked in the rebound of a Mirco Mueller shot for his second goal of the night. With just over two minutes left in the period Lotz stopped a shot from Mitch Holmberg, but Alessio Berteggia was there to bang in the rebound once again knot the score at three heading into the second intermission.

The ‘Tips were whistled for four consecutive penalties in the third period, putting Spokane on a two-man advantage that resulted in Bertaggia’s second goal on a rebound late in the opportunity. Everett killed off a second 5-on-3 for the Chiefs to stay within a goal, but couldn’t draw closer as the teams traded scoring chances through the middle of the period. Blake Gal netted another powerplay score with just over two minutes remaining and Bertaggia scored an empty-netter in the final seconds to complete the 6-3 final score.

Austin Lotz (13-20-0-2) took the loss despite 38 saves in goal for the Silvertips. Garret Hughson (10-5-0-0) stopped 22 shots in the win as Spokane outshot Everett 44-25.

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The Silvertips will now head back across the Cascades for a pivotal matchup with the Seattle Thunderbirds Saturday night at the ShoWare Center. Opening faceoff is set for 7:05 pm as the ‘Tips and T-Birds battle for two important points in the Western Conference playoff race with just over one week remaining in the regular season. Everett returns home to conclude the regular season with back-to-back games at Comcast Arena on March 16 and 17.

Single-game tickets for remaining home games during the Silvertips’ 10th Anniversary season at Comcast Arena are still available. For more information visit www.everettsilvertips.com or call 425-252-5100. To keep up with all the latest ‘Tips news, “like” us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter .

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