March 8, 2014, KENT (ISN) – The Everett Silvertips beat the Seattle Thunderbirds Saturday night, winning 5-2 at the ShoWare Center.
The win made Everett 36-23-7-2 and put them one point behind Spokane for the fifth spot in the Western Conference. Seattle is now 39-22-2-4 and holds a two-point lead on Spokane and a three-point lead on Everett for the fourth position.
Taran Kozun was the goalie of choice for Seattle and stopped 23 of 27 shots before being replaced by Danny Mumaugh, who stopped both shots he faced. Kozun took the loss, making his record 18-26-2-2. In net for Everett was Austin Lotz, who stopped 31 of 33 and is now 28-18-3-2.
Everett had the most dangerous chance early, coming at 3:27 when Josh Winquist carried the puck across the zone and waited patiently for a shot from the side of the net. Winquist’s shot was pinned against the post by Kozun, who was unable to cover it but earned the stoppage regardless when the net was knocked off its moorings. Kozun made another golden save a minute later, gloving the puck from on his chest when Everett’s cross-ice pass made its way onto a Silvertip’s stick.
Seattle’s response was just as dangerous. Jerret Smith carried the puck up and let loose from inside the blue line with a shot that rebounded off of Lotz straight to Roberts Lipsbergs. The Latvian got a shot off, but the bouncing puck went wide of the net.
Mathew Barzal provided another chance for the T-Birds with seven minutes left in the first. Barzal stole the puck behind the net and threw it out to Ryan Gropp, who got a strong shot off that was eaten up by Lotz’s pads. Seattle managed two more shots on the shift before Everett took control and the possession battle began once more.
The visitors had a bit of pressure in the last minute of the first, but were unable to create much thanks to Kozun’s goaltending and a timely block by Jaimen Yakubowski that sent the puck all the way down the ice as the horn sounded.
The Silvertips had the only power play in the first. Shots were 11-8 in the scoreless period, while Everett had the advantage in faceoffs, winning nine of 15.
Seattle took a penalty a minute into the second, putting them shorthanded for the second time in the game. Everett missed a wide open net 30 seconds into the power play when a cross-crease pass found Dawson Leedahl before Kozun could regain position. Leedahl sent the puck high and wide and the T-Birds cleared, ending the threat. It was the visitors’ best chance on the power play.
The ice was tilted in Everett’s favor for much of the second period’s first five minutes. The Silvertips saw another opportunity go wide when a shot from the side of the goal went behind Kozun but straight across the crease, never quite sniffing the goal line.
Everett scored at 5:33, taking the lead and making it 1-0. Kevin Davis’ shot through traffic made it to the net where Patrick Bajkov tipped it in. It was Bajkov’s ninth goal of the season, with the assists going to Davis and Mirco Mueller.
Seattle tied it just a few minutes later. Jaimen Yakubowski collected the puck after Sam McKechnie backhanded it from against the boards out of the zone to the winger. Yakubowski’s shot over a sprawled Everett defenseman rebounded hard off of Lotz and onto Shea Theodore’s stick. Theodore put it home, scoring his 20th of the year at 7:32.
With the game back tied, the Silvertips took to the offensive. Everett had a few good chances before Seattle took its third minor penalty of the game. Kozun made a handful of saves on shots that made their way through traffic before the penalty expired, making it 5-on-5 once again.
Seattle’s ensuing shift was spent entirely on the attack, as Barzal’s line held the puck in the zone and peppered Lotz with shots. Unfortunately, the visitors responded and took the lead at 13:02. Winquist scored, with Ivan Nikolishin and Jujhar Khaira getting the assists.
The Silvertips had a two-man breakaway with five minutes left in the second period. Kozun was able to slide across and get a piece of the puck, which trickled onto the goal line as the net popped off its mooring. The referees conferred to see if the net was knocked off on purpose, eventually ruling that it was a penalty, giving Everett their fourth power play.
Everett scored on the power play, extending their lead to 3-1 with 3:48 left in the second period. Leedahl took a shot from the point that found its way into the back of the net. Khaira and Matt Pufahl had the assists.
The T-Birds got right back on the offensive, drawing a penalty on their next shift for their first power play of the game. The visitors killed it off, keeping the deficit at two goals for Seattle.
Shots in the second period were 15-6 Everett and faceoffs were 7-6 Seattle.
The Silvertips extended their lead at 2:24 of the third period, making it 4-1. Zane Jones scored on the rush, with Remi Laurencelle getting the only assist.
Seattle’s second power play came soon thereafter, putting the T-Birds on the attack. The T-Birds couldn’t score during this advantage, keeping their deficit at three goals despite recording two shots. A narrow miss kept Everett from getting another goal on their ensuing rush. The shot from in the slot bounced off the inside of the post and flew out of the crease.
A third man advantage for the home team came at 7:42. The T-Birds scored a minute into this, making it 4-2 with 11 minutes left in the game. Yakubowski stole the puck on an attempted clearance and fed it to Alexander Delnov, who deked past his defender and got the initial shot on goal. Russell Maxwell followed up the rebound to get his 15th goal of the season.
Another penalty against Everett came a minute later. Seattle’s power play looked dangerous, with a number of near misses interspersed with strong saves by Lotz keeping the score where it was. Even strength was just as dangerous for the T-Birds, who continued to control the puck and get chances. At the media timeout at 13:24, shots were 12-2 in Seattle’s favor, with Everett’s second shot on goal coming on a clearance attempt that Mumaugh was forced to stop.
The T-Birds’ fifth power play quickly followed up their continued pressure. The visitors were able to clear the puck multiple times and put a stop to any real chances during this man advantage.
Seattle pulled their goalie with 3:04 left in the game. Winquist scored an empty net goal with 1:45 remaining to make it 5-2 and seal the game. Nikolishin had the only assist.
Shots in the third period were 19-4 Seattle and faceoffs were 9-3 Seattle.
Seattle is back in action tomorrow night, playing host to the Vancouver Giants at 5:05 pm at the ShoWare Center. The T-Birds then play the Spokane Chiefs on Tuesday at 7:05 pm, also at the ShoWare Center.
T-Birds single game tickets for the 2013-14 season are available online at the T-Birds website and at the ShoWare Center box office. The ShoWare Center Box Office is open Monday through Friday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday game days at 10 a.m. and Sunday game days at noon.
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First period – No scoring. Penalties – Smith, Seattle (holding), 5:55.
Second period – 1, Everett, Bajkov 9 (Davis, Mueller) 5:33. 2, Seattle, Theodore 20 (Yakubowski, McKechnie), 7:32. 3, Everett, Winquist 42 (Nikolishin, Khaira), 13:02. 4, Everett, Leedahl 7 (Khaira, Pufahl), 16:12 (pp). Penalties – Hauf, Seattle (charging), 1:00. Bear, Seattle (hooking), 9:24. Lipsbergs, Seattle (delay of game), 14:51. Aasman, Everett (slashing), 16:53.
Third period – 5, Everett, Jones 12 (Laurencelle), 2:14. 6, Seattle, Maxwell 15 (Delnov, Yakubowski), 8:44 (pp). 7, Everett, Winquist 43 (Nikolishin), 18:15 (en). Penalties – Bench, Everett (too many men on the ice- served by Bajkov), 2:48. Yakubowski, Seattle (embellishment), 4:03. Pufahl, Everett (cross-checking), 4:03. Leedahl, Everett (hooking), 7:42. Bajkov, Everett (spearing), 8:58. MacDonald, Everett (cross-checking), 13:24.
Shots on goal – Seattle 8-6-19 33, Everett 11-15-4 30. Goalies – Seattle, Kozun 27 shots-23 saves (18-26-2-2), Mumaugh 2-2; Everett, Lotz 33-31 (28-18-3-2). Power plays – Seattle 1-5; Everett 1-4. A – 6,150. Referees – Ryan Benbow, Brett Montsion. Linesmen – Kevin Boris, Zach Brooks.