The Everett Silvertips (11-4-0-0) had their five-game win streak ended by the Portland Winterhawks on Friday night and temporarily lost their U.S. Division lead. But their three-in-three weekend turned around with close wins over the Kamloops Blazers and Spokane Chiefs and they retook first in the division. They now hold a one point lead over the Winterhawks for first.
Let’s take a look at the games.
Friday, November 1st: Portland 4 @Everett 1
The Winterhawks scored twice on the power play and once shorthanded, ultimately chasing goalie Dustin Wolf en route to taking the first game of their eight-game season series.
Our own Josh Critzer has the recap here.
Parker Hendren had the lone goal for the ‘Tips as they tested Portland goalie Joel Hofer with 39 shots.
Wolf stopped 22-of-26 and Keegan Karki came in to turn away all four shots he faced.
Portland was 2-for-5 on the power play and Everett went 0-for-5 with a shorthanded goal against.
Saturday, November 2nd: Everett 3 Kamloops 2
Wolf, as he does so often, bounced back the next night against the visiting Blazers. He made a highlight-reel stop to cement his number one star status in the game; turning away 42-of-44 overall.
— Everett Silvertips (@WHLsilvertips) November 3, 2019
Bryce Kindopp opened the scoring with his 11th of the season in the first.
Connor Zary tied the game just 54 seconds into the second, but later in the frame, Gage Goncalves gave the ‘Tips the lead back. Goncalves then set up Justyn Gurney for some needed insurance and a 3-1 lead.
It was a 3-2 final.
Everett went 1-for-6 on the power play and 6-for-6 on the PK.
Max Patterson and Goncalves led the way with two points each.
Sunday, November 3rd: Everett 4 @Spokane 3 OT
Games between the Chiefs and Silvertips have been incredible to watch this season. Kindopp put his name in Everett’s record book with the first ever overtime penalty shot winner in franchise history.
The marker was his second of the night, and he now has 13 in 15 games. That is good for second in the WHL overall. He is first in goals-per-game with 0.867.
Jalen Price started the scoring with his first of the season, but Spokane bounced back with markers from Michael King and Adam Beckman.
But like they did the last time in Spokane, the Silvertips came back to take a third period lead. Michal Gut and Kindopp set them up with a 3-2 advantage.
This time the Chiefs came back themselves at home. Eli Zummack tied the game up, forcing overtime.
That set up Kindopp’s heroics. He now sits seventh all-time in goals for Everett with 83. He is four behind Zach Hamill for sixth.
Game, set, match, dagger, Kindopp.
— Everett Silvertips (@WHLsilvertips) November 4, 2019
Wolf turned away 37-of-40 in the win. He has now stopped 79-of-84 shots overall in his last two games.
Wyatte Wylie had three assists and Gut had two points in the win.
Everett was 2-for-2 on the power play and 1-of-2 on the PK. Everett is now 2-0 against the team that bounced them from the playoffs last season.
Two more U.S. Division games this week for the Silvertips. All eyes will be on the scratches though as five players are listed as out day-to-day on the weekly report. Everett skated 10 forwards in Spokane Sunday and had Karki out as well.
Friday, 11/8: @Spokane
The Silvertips play their third straight in the season series in Spokane. They first play the Chiefs at home next Sunday the 17th.
Saturday, 11/9 @Seattle
The lone game so far between Seattle and Everett was a 1-0 OT win at Angel of the Winds arena.
-The injury list is a long one. Patterson, Jacob Wright, Tyson Phare, Cole Fonstad
and Karki were all scratched on Sunday and are listed as out day-to-day. Wright has not played since 10/19, Fonstad since 10/19 and Patterson, Karki and Phare played Friday and Saturday before missing Sunday.
-Wolf was named October, WHL goalie of the month. His 0.938 save percentage is tops among all WHL goalies who have played more than three games. His 2.07 GAA is fourth among goalies who have played eight games or more.