The Thunderbirds’ Andrej Kukuca in action against the Silvertips. COURTESY PHOTO, Brian Liesse, T-Birds

The Thunderbirds’ Andrej Kukuca in action against the Silvertips. COURTESY PHOTO, Brian Liesse, T-Birds

Silvertips thump Thunderbirds 7-2, sweep 2-game series

Seattle heads to Victoria for mid-week, back-to-back games

  • Sunday, February 3, 2019 9:02am
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The Everett Silvertips defeated the Seattle Thunderbirds 7-2 in Western Hockey League play at the Angel of the Winds Arena in Everett on Saturday night.

Everett defeated the T-Birds 5-2 at Kent on Friday night.

Seattle, which has lost five of its last six games, is one point behind the Kamloops Blazers for the second wild-card playoff spot in the Western Conference.

Everett got four goals from Connor Dewar and a goal each from Jake Christiansen, Bryce Kindopp and Wyatte Wylie.

Andrej Kukuca scored the T-Birds’ first goal at 17:42 of the second period. Simon Kubicek sent the puck behind the Everett net to Kukuca, who came around the net at the left post and got the puck past the outstretched right leg of Everett goalie Dustin Wolf. Jake Lee had the second assist.

Keltie Jeri-Leon tipped a slap shot from Kubicek past Wolf at 15:44 of the third period to get the T-Birds’ second goal. Jeri-Leon made the tip as he was being cross checked from behind. Sean Richards had the second assist on Jeri-Leon’s seventh goal of the season.

Everett outshot Seattle 41-24 in the game.

On the road again

The T-Birds travel to Victoria for back-to-back games on Tuesday and Wednesday at the Save-On-Foods Memorial Arena in British Columbia Victoria. Both games face off at 7:05 p.m.

The T-Birds return to home ice Friday for a 7:35 p.m. game against Portland.

Tickets are on sale on the T-Birds website and at the accessso ShoWare Center box office.

Fans who purchase the 24-Flex Ticket Package will be able to select any available premium seat for any game, in any ticket combination, during the 2018-19 season.

SCORING SUMMARY

First period – 1, Everett, Dewar 32 (Wylie, Fairbrother), 19:30. Penalties – Bauer, Sea (hooking), 3:00. Vitelli, Evt (tripping), 13:03. Richards, Evt (hooking), 14:07.

Second period – 2, Everett, Dewar 33 (Kindopp, Christiansen), 2:55 (pp). 3, Everett, Christiansen 9 (Andrusiak, Goncalves), 10:52. 4, Everett, Dewar 34 (Goncalves, Wolf), 11:45. 5, Seattle, Kukuca 14 (Kubicek, Lee), 17:42. Penalties – Bauer, Sea (roughing), 2:43. Berezowski, Evt (roughing), 6:19. Patterson, Evt (roughing), 6:33. Kukuca, Sea (roughing), 6:33. Berezowski, Evt (roughing), 7:25. Kubicek, Sea (roughing), 7:25.

Third period – 6, Everett, Dewar 35 (Fairbrother, Goncalves), :28. 7, Everett, Kindopp 29 (Christiansen, Dewar), 11:07 (pp). 8, Everett, Wylie 8 (Christiansen, Dewar), 12:24 (pp). 9, Seattle, Jeri-Leon 7 (Kubicek, Richards), 15:44. Penalties – Kubicek, Sea (high sticking), :49. Khaira, Evt (major-fighting), 4:21. Carpendale, Sea (major-fighting), 4:21. Kaluski, Sea (roughing), 4:52. Lee, Sea (10-minute misconduct), 4:52. Tyszka, Sea (major-fighting), 9:33. Andrusiak, Evt (roughing), 9:33. Fairbrother, Evt (major-fighting), 9:33. Vitelli, Evt (10-minute misconduct), 9:33. McNelly, Sea (cross checking), 10:43. McNelly, Sea (holding), 16:49. Mount, Sea (10-minute misconduct), 19:56. Gurney, Evt (10-minute misconduct), 19:56.

Shots on goal – Seattle 4-14-6 24, Everett 6-13-22 41. Goalies – Seattle, Schwebius 41 shots-34 saves (3-6-2-0); Everett, Wolf 24-22 (33-11-1-0). Power plays – Seattle 0-2, Everett 3-8. A – 8,317. Referees – Tyler Adair, Fraser Lawrence. Linesmen – Nick Bilko, Brett Mackey.

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