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WHL recap: Silvertips finally solve Thunderbirds in Kent in regulation; Chiefs and Wheat Kings also find their way to wins

Everett 2 @Seattle 1

The Everett Silvertips (41-17-2-3) have not had an easy time of things in recent years at the ShoWare Center. This year they did find a way to beat the  Seattle Thunderbirds (28-24-7-2) twice on the road. But both times those wins occurred in overtime.

Saturday night in Kent, they finally got a win on the road in regulation.

That does not mean it was a blowout by any means. Liam Hughes was stellar for Seattle as he stopped 37 of 39 and kept Seattle tied after 40 minutes, depsite being out shot 27-11.

Nolan Volcan found a loose puck to put Seattle up 14:18 into the first, but that was all Seattle would be able to put by Everett goalie Carter Hart. The Philadelphia Flyers prospect stopped 23 of 24 overall.

Connor Dewar notched his third goal in as many games to tie the score in the second period and Garrett Pilon notched the winner 2:44 into the third. Pilon’s goal was his 31st this year and his sixth point in his last three games.


The Silvertips complete their weekend Sunday as they head back home to host Spokane.

Seattle stays home and next plays when they host the Vancouver Giants Tuesday.

Seattle is now 4-3-1-0 vs Everett while the Silvertips are Everett 4-2-0-2.

Seattle is starting to look cemented into the last wild card spot as they slip seven points behind Tri-City. They do remain six points up on Kamloops, who also lost Saturday and now have only seven games left to make up those points.

Spokane 5 Kootenay 3

The Spokane Chiefs (35-21-3-2) are finding the wine a whole lot recently. Friday night they notched nine goals and on Saturday they put five in en route to a 5-3 win over the visiting Kootenay ICE (25-36-3-0).

Kailer Yamamoto and Jaret Anderon-Dolan had their second straight three-point nights to lead the way for the Chiefs and Jake McGrew and Milos Farfrak pitched in two points apiece.

Fafrak opened the scoring 4:55 in, but Gilian Kohler (who is playing better seemingly every game) tied the score up at one with his sixth this year 3:15 later, on the power play.

Ethan McIndoe gave the Chiefs back the lead a couple minutes later and Yamamoto notched his 18th to make the score 3-1 after one.

Colton Veloso tallied his 22nd this year to cut the lead to one in the second, but McGrew put the Chiefs back up by two before the game was 40 minutes old.

Ty Smith, who had an insane seven point night Friday, netted the insurance marker 3:38 into the third, before Veloso put in his 23rd to give us the 5-3 final.

Dawson Weatherill stymied the ICE 14 of 17 times, while Matt Berlin turned away 33 of 38 against his former team.

The ICE next play when they host the Moose Jaw Warriors on Wednesday.

Spokane completes the long weekend with a game in Everett.

Spokane leads the season series 4-1, while Kootenay is 1-3-1-0.

Brandon 4 @Medicine Hat 3 (OT)

The Medicine Hat Tigers (31-24-8-0) do not lose in the shootout. However, they have lost eight times now in overtime, including three times to the Brandon Wheat Kings (32-24-3-2) that way. That is what happened Saturday night at home as Cole Reinhardt scored 1:06 into the extra session to give Brandon a big bounce back win.

The previous night the Wheat Kings fell in a big way to Lethbridge and this time they played a much better defensive game.

Stelio Mattheos put the Wheaties up 1-0 8:44 in, before Ryan Jevne tied the game on the power play nearly nine minutes later.

Reinhardt then gave Brandon the lead back in 4:43 into the third, before Evan Weinger added a short handed marker to give them a little bit of breathing room.

The Tigers, who never seem out of a game, bounced back themselves and David Quenneville and Mark Rassell scored in the last five minutes of regulation to force yet another Medicine Hat-Brandon game into overtime.

Kaden Lane stopped 10 of 14, in his first WHL start, while Dylan Myskiw turned away 31 of 34.

Also for the Tigers, they would only be getting the one points, while Brandon got the two.

The Wheat Kings now head over to Calgary for a game with the Hitmen.

The Tigers play a day game in Edmonton on Tuesday.

Brandon won the season series 3-0-1-0, while Medicine Hat went 1-0-3-0.

All four games in the season series went to extra time.

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