The Everett Silvertips defeated the Seattle Thunderbirds 4-2 Saturday night at Xfinity Arena in Everett.
Everett (39-14-8-3) moved into first place in the US Division and Western Conference with the win. They are one point ahead of the T-Birds with two games in hand. The Silvertips and Prince George Cougars (42-20-3-2) are tied for first place in the Western Conference but the Silvertips have played two fewer games than the Cougars.
Seattle is now 41-19-4-2 and has six games remaining in the regular season. The T-Birds have one game in hand on the Cougars, which puts them in first place.
The T-Birds play the Spokane Chiefs on Tuesday at ShoWare Center at 7:05pm in the last Director’s Mortgage 2-for-Tuesday of the season. The T-Birds and Silvertips meet Friday at 7:35pm at ShoWare Center in their last regular season matchup.
Everett took a 1-0 lead on an unassisted goal by Connor Dewar at 5:51 of the first period.
The Silvertips made it a 2-0 lead at 6:50 of the first on a goal by Devon Skoleski. Lucas Skrumeda and Bryce Kindopp had the assists.
Riley Sutter scored a power-play goal at 7:50 of the first to give Everett a 3-0 lead. Kevin Davis had the only assist.
Seattle replaced Rylan Toth in net with Carl Stankowski after Everett’s third goal. Toth made three saves on six shot and his record is now 34-18-2-1.
Seattle cut the Silvertips lead to two goals at the 14-minute mark of the first. Mathew Barzal had the puck on the right boards and passed to Austin Strand pinching down from the right point. Strand skated down to the goal line and cut towards the Everett net. Strand beat Everett goalie Carter Hart with a backhand shot from just outside the crease.
Everett made it a 4-1 lead 53 seconds into the third period on a goal from Patrick Bajkov. Dominic Zwerger and Davis had the assists.
The T-Birds cut the Silvertips lead to two goals at 6:35 of the third on Keegan Kolesar’s 25th goal of the season. Kolesar intercepted an Everett clearing attempt on the left-wing boards. Kolesar skated towards Hart and beat the goalie with a quick wrist shot over the glove.
Stankowksi made 33 saves on 34 shots.
Hart had 15 saves on 17 shots and his record is now 28-9-6-2.