EVERETT, September 17, 2016 – The Seattle Thunderbirds ended their preseason schedule with a 4-3 shootout win over the Everett Silvertips Saturday night at Xfinity Arena in Everett.
The T-Birds open the 2016-17 season in Portland against the Winterhawks on Saturday, September 24, at 7:00pm in Portland.
The T-Birds home opener for the 2016-17 season is Saturday, October 1, against the Portland Winterhawks at 7:05pm at ShoWare Center.
The T-Birds were 5-2-0-0 in the preseason.
Seattle goalie Carl Stankowski stopped all three Everett shooters in the shootout. Seattle’s second shooter, Layne Bensmiller, was the only T-Bird shooter to score in the shootout.
Bensmiller was acquired in a trade with the Prince Albert Raiders on Thursday and he joined the T-Birds in Everett after travelling earlier in the day.
The T-Birds took a 1-0 lead 4:15 into the game on a shorthanded goal from Cavin Leth.
The Silvertips tied it 1-1 at 10:45 of the first period on a goal from Riley Sutter then took the lead at 14:49 with a power-play goal from Brett Kemp.
Bensmiller tied the game 2-2 at 4:38 of the second period. Everett went in front 3-2 eight seconds after the T-Birds tied the game on a goal from Sean Richards.
Sami Moilanen tied the game 3-3 on a power-play goal at 10:15 of the second period.
Ryan Gilchrist started in net for the T-Birds. He was replaced Stankowski after Moilanen’s goal. Gilchrist made 13 saves on 16 shots.
Everett outshot Seattle 39-15 in the game.
Stankowski stopped all 23 shots he faced. He was 4-0-0-0 in the preseason.
Everett goalie Mario Petit made 12 saves on 15 shots.
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