The Seattle Thunderbirds hosted the Everett Silvertips at ShoWare Center for the second of two “home and home” games to wrap up preseason play. If last night’s game is an indication of what to expect during the regular season, it’s worth it to buy tickets to every match up between these two teams, whose rivalry has grown more heated over the ten years the Silvertips have been in existence.
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The Silvertips rolled in to ShoWare Center riding a 5-4 victory from Friday night’s matchup in Everett and a perfect 6-0 preseason record. Everett scored first, with a power play goal by rookie Kevin Davis. The T-Birds answered five minutes later on a shorthanded goal by Alexander Delnov. But the Silvertips would score three more times before the first period ended. Carson Stadnyk and rookie Linden Penner scored twenty seconds apart with less than three minutes to go in the first. Matt Pufahl took advantage of a power play a minute later to put Everett up 4-1 going into first intermission. The ‘Tips also outshot the T-Birds 20-8 in the first twenty minutes of play, which included fourteen penalty minutes, twelve amassed by Seattle players.
The second period showed a more energized Seattle team. Brandon Troock scored early in the period to breathe new life into his teammates. But, the Silvertips found the net again during a power play at the 7:26 mark – going up 5-2 on a shot by Dawson Leedahl. The second period ended with a lot of pushing and shoving, and the T-Birds peppering Everett goaltender Daniel Cotton with shots. Shots on goal this period were more even: Seattle 10, Everett 8.
The third period involved a lot of back and forth play, with the Silvertips looking more energetic on the ice and the T-Birds struggling to keep up. Every stoppage of play featured players nose to nose and a lot of pushing and shoving. Just under six minutes into the third, tempers boiled over and T-Bird Evan Wardley and Silvertip Logan Aasman dropped the gloves, while several other pairs of players pushed and shoved each other. Wardley received a game misconduct, as well as a fighting major and instigating minor and was sent to the locker room. Aasman went to the penalty box to serve five minutes for fighting. Tempers flared again several minutes later, leading to fisticuffs by Seattle’s Brandon Troock and Everett’s Dawson Leedahl. Troock received a double minor for roughing (four minutes instead of two), as well as a ten minute misconduct, which sent him to the locker room, as there were less than seven minutes left to play. Not even two minutes later, Everett’s Kohl Bauml and T-Bird Riley Sheen exchanged blows and left the ice with matching ten minute misconduct penalties. Seattle’s Robert Lipsbergs found the net with under two minutes left to play. The T-Birds seemed to score on the next play, but the goal was waved off. A scuffle in the final 45 seconds of play sent Silvertip Michael Zipp to the box for roughing, but the T-Birds were unable to capitalize on that late power play. Final score: Everett 5, Seattle 3. (For those who like statistics, here's the game summary from the WHL website)
The Everett Silvertips open the regular season at Comcast Arena on Saturday, September 21st against the Prince George Cougars. The puck drops at 7:05pm. This game will be streamed online at the WHL’s website. Fans who can’t attend the game can also listen on FoxSports 1380 AM.
The Seattle Thunderbirds open the regular season at ShoWare Center on Saturday, September 21st against longtime I-5 rival the Portland Winterhawks. The game starts at 7:05pm. Fans who can’t make it to Kent can listen to the game on 1090AM (The Fan).
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