EVERETT – Trent Lofthouse recorded his first career hat trick to lift the Everett Silvertips to a 4-1 victory over the Vancouver Giants in front of nearly 6,200 fans Saturday night at Comcast Arena. The ‘Tips improve to 4-0 against the Giants this season with the win, which was their fifth in their last eight home games.
Lofthouse’s three goals gave him nine for the season after his first career multi-goal game. Landon Oslanski scored Everett’s other goal, while Mirco Mueller chipped in two assists in his last game with the ‘Tips before joining Team Switzerland for the World Junior Championships. Brayden Low also recorded his first career WHL point with an assist. Austin Lotz (4-10-0-1) turned away 20 of 21 shots to earn the win in goal for the Silvertips.
Everett outshot Vancouver 10-7 in the first and generated some good scoring chances, but the game was scoreless after 20 minutes. The Silvertips got on the board less than a minute into the second as Mirco Mueller fed Landon Oslanski for a one-timer that blew past Liam Liston on the powerplay. Ryan Harrison helped extend the lead four minutes later, carrying the puck around the net and finding Trent Lofthouse, who fired home a one-timer from the slot for his first of the night. Austin Lotz made some key saves to preserve the 2-0 lead after the second frame.
The Giants cut the lead to one five minutes into the third period when Tanner Moar intercepted a clearing attempt at the Everett blue line and snuck a wrist shot by Lotz along the far post. The ‘Tips responded minutes later as Brayden Low found Lofthouse streaking into the slot for his second goal of the night to make it 3-1. Lofthouse then completed his first career hat trick midway through the period, picking up a rebound and firing a wrist shot over the shoulder of Liston to provide the final 4-1 winning margin. Everett outshot Vancouver 30-21 through 60 minutes of play.
The Silvertips went 1 for 4 on the powerplay and killed off both Vancouver opportunities. Liam Liston (1-9-0-0) stopped 26 of 30 in net for the Giants.
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The Silvertips will now play a pair of road games next week and then return home next Sunday for their final game before the WHL’s holiday break. Everett travels to take on the Tri-City Americans Tuesday night and the Portland Winterhawks on Friday before hosting the Winterhawks next Sunday afternoon, December 16, for a 5:05 pm opening faceoff in the conclusion of our Christmas House Holiday Drive.
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