Brian Liesse

Silvertips continue to dominate the US Division


While the Seattle Thunderbirds have been the only team to defeat them, the Everett Silvertips continue to dominate the US Division. With their 4-3 win Friday night, the Silvertips remain atop the division with just a single loss through their first ten games of the season. They join the Edmonton Oil Kings as the second team to have one loss this season with ten or more games played. Both the Vancouver Giants and Kamloops Blazers also have only seen one loss at this point. However, they each have played just six games as the BC Division had the latest start in the WHL.

That one loss came at the hands of Seattle just under two weeks ago. The Thunderbirds managed to keep up with the Silvertips over the entire game. The deciding factor seems to be the power-play opportunities, on which Everett capitalized twice over four chances. In contrast, Seattle was unable to do the same on either of their two advantages.

Seattle found themselves down by 3-1 heading into the third period, but they made a strong push during the final frame to tie it up.

Milic and Roulette continuing to contribute

Rookie goaltender Thomas Milic has had a strong start to his WHL season and has definitely drawn some eyes through his eight games.

Both Milic and teammate Conner Roulette have one more game to play with Seattle before they head to join Team Canada for the U18 World Championship in Plano, Texas.

Milic stopped 29 of 33 shots that came his way Friday night while Roulette had himself a two-point night with a goal and an assist.

Also for the Thunderbirds, Keltie Jeri-Leon scored twice to keep his team in the game. For Everett, Tampa Bay Lightning prospect Gage Goncalves scored his seventh of the year, and the eventual game-winner, late in the third period.

Dustin Wolf just narrowly bested Milic, making 30 saves on the 33 shots the Thunderbirds sent his way.

A small crowd

As the accesso ShoWare Center is also a vaccination site, a few people were in the stands as warmups began.

Both teams travel to Kennewick to face the Tri-City Americans next. Everett set for a 6:05 pm PDT puck drop on Saturday, April 10, with Seattle arriving Sunday, April 11, for an early tilt at 4:05 pm PDT.

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