Silvertips Edge Americans in Shootout 4-3

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Photo credit is Doug Love

(ISN) – Kennewick, WA- In an exciting game in Kennewick on Tuesday night, Carson Stadnyk’s goal in the sixth round of the shootout was the difference to lift the Everett Silvertips (18-7-3-1, 40 pts) past the Tri-City Americans (16-13-0-1, 33 pts) 4-3 in front of 3,010 fans at the Toyota Center.

The Americans and Silvertips tried to find some legs to start the game, with each team trading some decent scoring chances. A power play midway through the first allowed the Americans to get on the board first, as Brian Williams fired a shot from the left faceoff circle, beating the blocker of Austin Lotz to make it 1-0 Americans. Everett answered with a goal less than two minutes later, as Kohl Bauml skated to the net and slipped a backhand shot through the legs of Evan Sarthou to tie the game at one.

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Photo credit is Doug Love

In the second period, the Silvertips took the lead 13:49 into the period, as Matt Fonteyne was able to find the back of the net to make it 2-1 Everett. Late in the period, Tri-City responded with a goal, as Richard Nejezchleb scored a beautiful goal with a backhand shot to knot the game at two. Less than 30 seconds later, the Silvertips retook the lead, as Fonteyne scored again by knocking a loose puck past Sarthou to give Everett a one-goal lead after two periods.

Tri-City came out looking for an equalizer, and found it 4:28 into the third. Brian Williams fired a laser into the goal to tie the game at three. The Americans had the shot advantage in the third, 10-6, but neither team could get a winner in regulation, sending the game into overtime.

The Americans played well in the overtime period, getting five shots on goal compared to Everett’s one, but neither team scored to send the game to a shootout. Both goalies were ready for the shootout, as both Evan Sarthou and Austin Lotz stopped the first five shots they faced. Lotz stopped Beau McCue in the sixth round, setting up Stadnyk, who was able to score the winner.

Everett has points in the last 12 games against the Americans dating back to the 2012-13 season. Tri-City lost its first game in a shootout or overtime this season, having been undefeated in its four games this season that have exceeded regulation.

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Photo credit is Doug Love

Tri-City had six penalty minutes and converted 1-of-5 power play chances. Everett had 12 penalty minutes and was unable to convert either of its two power play opportunities.

Evan Sarthou stopped 22 shots in the loss while Austin Lotz made 30 saves in the win.

The Americans have a couple days off before they are back in action at the Toyota Center against the Seattle Thunderbirds (13-13-2-2, 30 pts) on the annual Teddy Bear Toss night. Game time is at 7:05 p.m. The Americans lost the most recent meeting against the Thunderbirds, 3-1, last Friday, Dec. 5, in Kent .

Jack in the Box Three Stars

1. Matt Fonteyne, Everett
2. Brian Williams, Tri-City
3. Carson Stadnyk, Everett

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