The Everett Silvertips defeated the Seattle Thunderbirds 3-2 in a Western Hockey League game Friday night at Xfinity Arena in the first game of a home-and-home series between the teams.
The T-Birds and Silvertips meet at 7:05 p.m. Saturday at the accesso ShoWare Center.
Seattle (9-9-1-1) took a 1-0 lead at 9:12 of the first period. Matthew Wedman came out from behind the Everett net and made a wraparound attempt. The puck came into the slot to Blake Bargar who took a shot that was blocked. Bargar got the rebound and took a second shot. Nolan Volcan backhanded the rebound from Bargar’s second shot past Everett goalie Carter Hart from the low slot for his seventh goal of the season.
The T-Birds outshot the Silvertips 12-5 in the first period.
Everett (10-10-1-1) tied the game 1-1 at 13:01 of the second period on an unassisted shorthanded goal by Patrick Bajkov.
Seattle had a 21-13 advantage in shots after periods by outshooting Everett 9-8 in the second period.
Everett took a 2-1 lead at 15:10 of the third period when Reece Vitelli knocked in a rebound from a Sean Richards shot. Wyatte Wylie had the second assist.
Seattle pulled goalie Liam Hughes with just under a minute left in the game for an extra attacker. Richards was able to score an empty-net goal at 19:17 of the third to get the Silvertips third goal.
The T-Birds pulled Hughes a second time 10 seconds after the faceoff from Everett’s third goal. Volcan got the puck in the slot took a shot, got his rebound and beat Hart high for the T-Birds second goal at 19:49 of the third.
Hughes stayed on the bench with 11 seconds left for the extra attacker. The T-Birds were not able to find the tying goal in the finals seconds.
Seattle outshot Everett 33-27 in the game.
Hughes record is now 4-4-1-0 after he stopped 23 of 25 shots.
Hart stopped 31 of 33 shots and his record is 5-2-0-1.
Single-game tickets for the regular season are on sale online on the T-Birds website and at the ShoWare Center box office.
Season tickets may be purchased by calling the T-Birds office at 253-239-7825.
First period – 1, Seattle, Volcan 7 (Bargar, Tyszka), 9:12. Penalties – Hamaliuk, Sea (checking from behind), 3:27. Carpendale, Sea (major-spearing, game misconduct), 16:56.
Second period – 2, Everett, Bajkov 11, 13:01. Penalties – Bajkov, Sea (tripping), 7:20. Davis, Evt (slashing), 12:10. Hyman, Evt (holding), 18:10.
Third period – 3, Everett, Vitelli 2 (Richards, Wylie) 15:10. 4, Everett, Richards 9 (Davis, Bajkov), 19:17 (en). 5, Seattle, Volcan 8, 19:49. Penalties – Tyszka, Sea (roughing), 19:38. Ormsby, Evt (roughing), 19:38. Butt, Evt (roughing), 19:38. Hyman, Sea (roughing), 19:38.
Shots on goal – Seattle 12-9-12 33, Everett 5-8-13 26. Goalies – Seattle, Hughes 25 shots-23 saves (4-4-1-0); Everett, Hart 33-31 (5-2-0-1). Power plays – Seattle 0-2; Everett 0-3. A – 5,983. Referees – Kyle Kowalski, Troy Murray. Linesmen – Mark Heier, Nathan Van Oosten.