Silvertips open home season with 3-1 victory over Giants
After earning the 7-3 road victory over Vancouver on Friday night to kickoff the Silvertips 2016 regular season, Everett (2-0) returned home Saturday to face the same Giants in Xfinity Arena for the Everett home opener.
And early on it was apparent there would be more of the same as Everett carried the play on the ice from the start.
While playing 4-on-4 hockey, the Silvertips got on the board first when right wing #22 Graham Millar took a nice pass in front of the Giants net and redirected the puck home through the Vancouver goalmouth past goalie Ryan Kubic, his third of the season. Millar was assisted on the play by center #43 Connor Dewar and defenseman #24 Lucas Skrumeda.
Everett controlled much of the play in the first period outshooting the Giants 10 to 4.
Vancouver netted the equalizer and tied the score 1-1 when Jack Flaman put one past Silvertips goalie #35 Lasse Peterson early in the second period.
But Matt Fonteyne put the Silvertips ahead again to stay when he broke-in to the Giants zone down the right side and shoveled the puck past the Giants goalie giving Everett the 2-1 lead. The assists on the play went to right wing #8 Patrick Bajkov and defenseman #38 Keith Davis who set the play up early in transition.
The Silveritps continued to outshoot their opponent and after two periods held a 21-8 advantage.
Everett came out firing in the third period putting pressure on the Giants goalie quick with two scoring chances up-close but were unable to capitalize.
The Silvertips earned a 5-on-3 opportunity with 16:01 to go in the third when Vancouver left wing Owen Hardy took a tripping penalty (his second of the game) with Giants right wing Taden Rattie already serving time in the box for roughing.
After the following face-off in the Giants’ zone, :16 seconds into the advantage, Silvertips center #47 Brett Kemp scored his first WHL goal with a nice setup out in front from Patrick Bajkov and Keith Davis extending the Everett lead to 3-1.
Things got chippy halfway though the third period when Everett defenseman #5 Montana Onyebuchi and Vancouver left wing Tristynn DeRoose took to center ice for some good ole-fashion fisticuffs. The bout ended when DeRoose lost his helmet on the way to the ice.
Notes & Next Up
For the game, the Silvertips carried the play most of the contest and when the final horn sounded, enjoyed a decisive 31-13 shots-on-goal advantage and a 3-1 tally on the scoreboard.
With the win, Coach Constantine’s team starts their season feeling good with a 2-0 record and will next travel to Portland to face the Winterhawks Friday night.
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