(Chris Mast via Everett Silvertips)
The Everett Silvertips defeated the Seattle Thunderbirds 5-3 Friday night at Xfinity Arena in a preseason game.
The T-Birds and Tips will finish their preseason schedule Saturday at ShoWare Center at 7pm.
Everett took a 1-0 lead at 13:53 of the first period on a goal from Reece Vitelli. Bryce Kindopp had the only assist.
Everett outshot Seattle 10-6 in the first period.
The Silvertips had a 3-0 lead after two periods on goals from Sean Richards at 1:12 and Connor Dewar at 6:43 of the second period.
Seattle outshot Everett 14-8 in the second period and led 20-18 in shots after two periods.
The T-Birds got on the board 31 seconds in to the third period on a power-play goal from Donovan Neuls. Nolan Volcan passed the puck to Neuls in the left circle. Neuls beat Everett goalie Dorrin Luding low on the glove side for the goal. Jarret Tyszka had the second assist.
Everett took the three-goal lead back at 2:07 of the third on a goal from Dawson Butt.
Neuls cut the lead back to two goals at 2:58 of the third. Volcan took a shot that Neuls collected low in the slot. Neuls beat Luding with a backhand shot high for his second goal of the game.
Seattle cut the Everett lead to one goal at 5:58 of the third on a goal from Tyler Adams. Volcan passed the puck up to Adams on the left wing to create two-on-one. Adams skated into the left circle and beat Luding over the blocker. Neuls had the second assist.
Seattle pulled goalie Matt Berlin for an extra attacker with just under two minutes left in the game. The Silvertips iced the game on an Orrin Centazzo empty-net goal with 21 seconds left in the game.
Everett outshot Seattle 29-28 in the game.
Berlin had 24 saves on 28 shots.
Luding made 25 saves on 28 shots.
The WHL Champion T-Birds start the 2017-18 Western Hockey League regular season against the Tri-City Americans on Saturday, September 23 at 7:05pm at the ShoWare Center.