DUBNetwork Feature game of the night: Spokane Chiefs @ Everett Silvertips (0-0) 7:05 PM PDT
The Spokane Chiefs are in Everett ready to fire against the Silvertips in Game 1 of their Round 2 series. This is the fourth time these teams have matched up dating back to 2004, with Everett winning three of four series although all of them came in the first round.
The first round for these two teams were two different tales even though their series went the same length of five games.
Everett had an easier time if you will, handily winning over the Tri-City Americans. Dustin Wolf stood tall in goal, and the big pieces on the front end got it done.
In Spokane’s case, it was a lot of overtime and clutch goals to send them to Round 2 over the Portland Winterhawks.
Pointed out in the full series preview done by DUBNetwork’s Brandon Rivers, Everett dominated the regular season meetings between the squads going 6-0-1-1. Not a single regulation loss.
Storylines to watch in this series include:
- Ty Smith‘s ability to shut down Portland’s top line, and how valuable he might be shutting down the offense with ‘Tips forward Riley Sutter noted to be unlikely for this series.
- On the other hand Dustin Wolf‘s ability to take over games and really frustrate the Chiefs offensively. You could see him add to his record book with an effort like that of Trent Miner last night.
Other games to watch:
Calgary Hitmen @ Edmonton Oil Kings (0-0) 7 PM MDT
- Calgary and Edmonton open their series tonight in what could be a long one between these bitter rivals. Calgary is coming off a Game 7 win against the Lethbridge Hurricanes, meanwhile Edmonton took down Medicine Hat in six games.
Victoria Royals @ Vancouver Giants (0-1) 7 PM PDT
- Victoria only managed to get 15 shots on goal against the Giants who were great defensively in a 3-0 shutout win last night. Victoria is somewhat cursed in Round 2 in franchise history as they’ve never played a game in Round 3.