EVERETT – The Everett Silvertips nearly came from behind before falling to the Seattle Thunderbirds 5-3 in their preseason finale Saturday night at Comcast Arena. The ‘Tips conclude exhibition play with a 3-4 overall record and their 10th Anniversary season set to open next Saturday night at Comcast Arena.
Rookie forward Carson Stadnyk was involved in all three Everett goals Saturday, finishing with three points on one goal and two assists. Kohl Bauml and Ty Mappin provided the other two goals for the ‘Tips, who rallied from a 3-0 deficit to get back within one in the second period.
The Silvertips outshot Seattle 14-7 in the first period, but found themselves down 3-1. The Thunderbirds scored twice early on as Roberts Lipsbergs and Connor Sanvido each deflected shots past Austin Lotz. Branden Troock tallied another late in the period off an odd-angle shot from behind the net to give the T-Birds a 3-0 lead. Everett’s persistence paid off in the final minute of the frame when a centering pass from Nick Walters found Kohl Bauml, who rifled a shot by Justin Myles.
After allowing another Seattle score to Alexander Delnov early in the second, the ‘Tips came back to score two unanswered goals and make it a 4-3 game. The Silvertips closed the gap midway through the period when Trent Lofthouse found Carson Stadnyk for a one-timer in front. A beautiful passing play behind the net from Reid Petryk to Stadnyk then out front to Ty Mappin for the finish gave Everett it second goal of the period and closed the gap to one.
The Silvertips couldn’t find the back of the net in the third while the Thunderbirds potted one more goal to make the final score 5-3. Seattle’s last goal was scored on the powerplay when Justin Hickman found Luke Lockhart alone at the back post for a quick tap-in.
Everett killed off 4 of 5 Thunderbird powerplays, but wasn’t able to convert on four of its own powerplay attempts. Austin Lotz stopped 19 of 24 shots in net for the ‘Tips. Justin Myles and Danny Mumaugh split time in net for Seattle, with Myles stopping 14 of 16 and Mumaugh turning away 11 of 12. The Silvertips outshot the Thunderbirds 28-24.
With their exhibition schedule complete, the Silvertips will now prepare to open the 2012-13 WHL regular season next Saturday night at 7:05 pm in front of the home crowd at Comcast Arena. The ‘Tips will drop the puck on their 10th Anniversary season against the Prince George Cougars – the same team they faced in their inaugural home game in 2003.
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