SEASON WRAP-UP: Simply Unforgettable.


Nobody wanted this unforgettable season to end.

All you need to know about the Everett Silvertips, their commitment, and their passion:

On the plane ride up to Swift Current for Game 1 of the Rogers WHL Championship Series, the Silvertips boarded a charter aircraft containing a 105-seat, 21-row set up. There’s plenty of space to spread out.

By the middle of the flight, all players voluntarily congested toward the middle rows, playing cards and just enjoying the sheer element of brotherhood.

Then at the end of Game 6, while the Silvertips slowly decompressed out of the 22-game postseason, there were players sitting in the stalls refusing to take off their gear.

One instance: as long as 45 minutes.

Let that sink in, and understand how it’s completely symbolic of a team that willed its way out of a 4-9-1 hole before Halloween and soared to the U.S. Division title, Western Conference, two wins away from the Ed Chynoweth Cup, and were sill playing hockey into the middle of May.

These Silvertips, indeed, were something special. Their exploits will live forever in the memory banks.

Among the highlights:

  • The Comeback in Kennewick:it was like 2004 in Kelowna, Game 7 in overtime, all over again. It was Jeff Schmidt back then. This time, it took six games for the Tips to reach the Western Conference title, but still answered the bell in overtime to author, to date, arguably the greatest win in Silvertips history. It was eventually Kevin Davis’ turn. Down 5-2 in the third period against the host Tri-City Americans, with time running thin, the Silvertips refused to wilt and sparked the legendary rally on a Connor Dewar goal at 9:52.

Then after Davis blasted a one-timer by Patrick Dea for a 5-4 deficit with 6:07 left, it was “go time.” On the very next shift, Garrett Pilon willed his way to the net and muscled the tying goal through Dea’s five hole to cap off a three-goal comeback in 4:37.

The Tips almost put it away in the last two minutes of regulation and nearly won it in the first two shifts of overtime. Then, on a power play, Davis uncorked a one timer from the high slot which shot the Tips to the Western Conference championship, and spilling off their bench into a playground of emotion along the Toyota Center ice surface. Cap it off with the return to downtown Everett at 3am, before a hoard of Tips fans fully decked out in team apparel in the middle of the night, and it’s a night we’ll never forget.

(Side note: stick tap, Tips voice alumnus Keith Gerhart. Now, I know exactly how it felt in ’04.)

  • Smashing records all over the place: This was the obvious promise to results path of the Dennis Williams effect, and it didn’t take long to connect with the Silvertips. They had four 30-goal scorers and seven different 20-goal scorers for the first time in franchise history. They scored a franchise record 246 goals in the regular season. They were third with a shade less than four goals per game in the playoffs. Connor Dewar became the youngest Silvertip to hit 38 goals (which led the team this year) for a season, while he, Riley Sutter, and Wyatte Wylie reached NHL Central Scouting’s final rankings for the upcoming draft. Williams, a career .673 win percentage as a coach in seven seasons before taking the Tips reins, set a new record for most wins by a first year Silvertips head coach (47) and was named Western Conference Coach of the Year. Mitch Love’s defensemen didn’t skip a beat: they helped the Silvertips lead the WHL in fewest goals allowed per game in for the third straight season, while ranking fifth or better in the last five consecutive seasons.

 

Patrick Bajkov became the Silvertips all-time leader in points, goals, and the first Silvertip to produce 100 points in a season.

Carter Hart, the first in Silvertips history to earn the Four Broncos Memorial Trophy (WHL Player of the Year), carried out Ron Hextall’s challenge to be “the best player at the major junior level regardless of position.”

  • Growth and coming of age: There may not be a trio like Kevin Davis, Matt Fonteyne, and Bajkov for a long time. Enjoy the fact you got to watch them play hockey together at an unparalleled level of durability. They all finished their Silvertips and WHL careers combining for over 1,100 games, and are now top three, all-time (led by Davis) in Silvertips career games played.

Bajkov turned his storybook season into an open door for the future, signing a well-deserved three-year, entry level contract with the Florida Panthers.

Fonteyne turned his career best season into an open door for the future, and still retains a fork in the road. His American Hockey League contract with the San Jose Sharks affiliate, the Barracuda (who play in the same building at SAP Center), allows him to explore the opportunities at a high level. Since his contract is an AHL pact (instead of the NHL), Fonteyne is allowed to retain the right to attend school at the university level after next season and pursue a formal degree.

Garrett Pilon (Washington Capitals) and Ondrej Vala (Dallas Stars) came as advertised following the whopping trade shortly before the deadline with Kamloops. They’re eligible to turn pro next season, which would be their overage year. If this is it, they left an undeniable impression at how much their value impacted the Silvertips down the stretch.

PILON BEFORE TRADE: 44 points in 39 games, +5

PILON AFTER TRADE:  36 points in 30 games, +17

VALA BEFORE TRADE: 20 points in 31 games, +3

VALA AFTER TRADE: 8 points in 28 games, +14

Pretty much, Pilon produced at the same exact rate from his time as a top line forward with the Blazers, to one of many high impact players the Silvertips had at their disposal. He was also the leading Silvertips scorer in the playoffs with 28 points in 22 games. While Vala’s offensive numbers were reduced in the regular season, the bulky and rangy 6-foot-4 defenseman’s plus minus spiked by 11 after joining the Tips, and he had 11 points in just 22 playoff games, while ranking tied for third in WHL Playoffs plus-minus (+11).

As for Hart? This is a bonafide legacy. Should this be it for him, he exits as the Silvertips all-time leader in goaltending wins (116) and shutouts (26) – the latter tied the WHL all-time record. Not just as the first Silvertip to win the Four Broncos Memorial Trophy, he also became the first back-to-back-to-back winner of the Del Wilson Memorial Trophy (WHL Goaltender of the Year) in WHL history. This is a league that once had Carey Price, Braden Holtby, Chris Osgood, Devan Dubnyk, Martin Jones, Cam Ward, Mike Vernon, and Grant Fuhr pass through. Let that sink in.

  • Success at the box office: Non-hockey (on ice) topic, but essential for the experience. The Tips had their biggest regular season draw at the gate in six seasons, and were third in WHL Playoffs attendance. Games against the Seattle Thunderbirds, stretch drive season opponents, special events (i.e. Pink The Rink) and critical or elimination playoff games (i.e. Game 5) either sold out or came close to sellouts at the 8,149-seat downtown Everett venue, which still shines like a diamond on the corner of Hewitt and Broadway.

There are people in this line of work, from other cities, who routinely visit and still remark, “it’s as good, if not better than some buildings in the American Hockey League.”

But far and away, those who fill the seats make are critical to keep that atmosphere alive. And they packed it out.

The one thing I learned as I took this job three years ago, 2004 is forever, and to this day the cast of characters from that team remain living legends around here.

Now, the legends talk have two of a kind. For a 2004, there’s a 2018. For a Jeff Schmidt, there’s a Kevin Davis. For a Kelowna, there’s a Tri-City.

For one great memory logged in history, we gained a new great memory to file away.

I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did.

Award winning broadcaster Mike Benton has served three seasons as radio play-by-play voice of the Everett Silvertips of the Western Hockey League, and 13th in the game.  Tweet at him here.

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BROADCAST NOTES: Tips at Victoria (3/17)


Simple stuff for the Everett Silvertips tonight: win or force OT/SO, they’re a division champ again.

Lose in regulation? They’ll need help (Portland is at Seattle, and if Portland loses, that’ll take care of the job too).

Last night for the 20’s in regular season play, combining for over 1,000 WHL and Tips games. Fittingly, Patrick Bajkov’s regular season curtain call comes 90 minutes away from his hometown of Nanaimo, BC.

Talk with you at 6:30pm.

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ON THE BROADCAST: (pregame at 6:30 pm from Victoria) 

  • Pregame: Bajkov, Matt Fonteyne, Dennis Williams
  • 1st Intermission: Salute to the 20’s
  • 2nd Intermission: Tips Talk

 

PLAYOFF SCENARIO:

The Silvertips have a magic number of 1 to clinch the U.S. Division title and top record in the Western Conference … they can clinch both tonight if:

  • The Tips win (or)
  • Portland loses (or)
  • The Tips lose in overtime or a shootout.

The Silvertips hold a four-point lead for first place in the Western Conference and U.S. Division with 1 game to play.

The Silvertips have clinched a playoff berth for the 15th straight season, the longest current streak in the WHL and home ice advantage in the opening round.

IF THE PLAYOFFS BEGAN TODAY: The Silvertips would face the Seattle Thunderbirds in the first round.

 

TOP 5 TIPS TIDBITS

  • THANK YOU 20’S: Tonight is the final regular season game in the careers of Silvertips forwards Patrick Bajkov, Matt Fonteyne, and defenseman Kevin Davis … all are the top three leaders for games played in Silvertips history, combining to suit up in 1,026 WHL games, all with the Silvertips.
  • TORRID TIPS: The Tips have won 36 of the last 46 games … Matt Fonteyne and Patrick Bajkov each have eight points in 7 games to lead the Tips for scoring in March … the Silvertips have 4 games of scoring 8 goals or more.
  • NOT STANDING PAT: Patrick Bajkov, the leading Tips scorer, set the new Silvertips all-time scoring record with 264 points on Feb. 2, when he surpassed Zach Hamill with a first period power play goal … has twice tied his career high of 5 points … he is the Tips all-time leader in goals, points, and is tied (Zach Hamill) for #1 in assists.
  • HART OF THE MATTER: 19-year old Carter Hart, three-time reigning Silvertips MVP and back-to-back WHL Goaltender of the Year, leads the WHL in both goals-against-average (1.60), save percentage (.947) and shutouts (7) … he is in his in his 4th season with the Silvertips, the franchise leader in wins (115).
  • SPECIAL DELIVERIES: The Tips penalty kill is 1st in the WHL (84.3) … the Tips power play went 5-of-9 on Jan. 7 vs. Victoria, tying a franchise record for most power play goals in one game (5) … they are 13-of-38 in the last nine games … Matt Fonteyne leads the Tips with 16 power play goals.

See you on the radio.

BROADCAST NOTES: Tips at Tri-City (3/13)


Hello from Kennewick.

The Everett Silvertips have a simple objective in pursuit of the top seed in the Western Conference and the franchise’s 6th U.S. Division title in 15 years:

Just 3 more points.

That’s the magic number to get it done. It requires any combination of points gained by the Silvertips within this last week, or points lost by the closest team to them in the standings (in this case, Portland). The Silvertips had a chance to knock the last three points out Sunday, since it was a “four-point swing” game against Portland.

They’ll have to wait, since Portland doesn’t play again until Friday. But two more points against tonight Tri-City puts them on the threshold. Once this clears up, we’ll have a better indication on playoff dates to be announced by the Tips, who are also guaranteed home ice advantage in the opening round.

UPDATES: No Ondrej Vala, who will serve the final game of his two-game suspension tonight for a cross-check against Zack Andrusiak in Kent last Saturday. It required the Silvertips to shuffle their core of defensemen, and push blossoming defenseman Gianni Fairbrother back into key minutes where he was temporarily paired with Wyatte Wylie.

THE TIPS: have just three regulation losses since Jan. 31, and are 22-11-2-2 against the U.S. Division. Tonight is their final divisional game of the regular season, and will face Victoria for the final two games on Friday and Saturday.

THE AMERICANS: are playing pretty good hockey too, lately. They’ve won three in a row to nearly pull away from Seattle for the first wild card spot (five points up with three games left).

This will be strength vs. strength in special teams: the Tips are 1st in the league on the penalty kill (84.3), and the Americans are tied for fifth (25.3).

 

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ON THE BROADCAST: (pregame at 6:30 pm from Toyota Center) 

  • Pregame: Bryce Kindopp, Dennis Williams
  • 1st Intermission: Matt Fonteyne
  • 2nd Intermission: Tips Talk

PLAYOFF SCENARIO:
The Silvertips have a magic number of 3 to clinch the U.S. Division title.

  • The Silvertips hold a four-point lead for first place in the Western Conference and U.S. Division with 3 games to play
  • The Silvertips have clinched a playoff berth for the 15th straight season, the longest current streak in the WHL and home ice advantage in the opening round.

IF THE PLAYOFFS BEGAN TODAY: The Silvertips would face the Seattle Thunderbirds in the first round.

LAST GAME (POR 2 – EVT 0 / 3-11-18): Cole Kehler made 28 saves while Cody Glass furnished a pair of assists to help the Portland Winterhawks hold off the Everett Silvertips, 2-0 before 8,263 fans at Moda Center on Sunday in WHL action. The Silvertips, who had their eight game road win streak (franchise record) snapped with just their third loss in regulation since Jan. 31, poured on 28 shots but came up short on five power play opportunities. Carter Hart kept the Silvertips in the game with a 29 save effort.

TOP 5 TIPS TIDBITS

  • TORRID TIPS: The Tips are 41-9-1-3 in the last 57 games and finished 9-1-1-1 in February… they have won 35 of the last 44 games … Garrett Pilon led the Silvertips with 15 points in 12 games during February … they have 4 games of scoring 8 goals or more.
  • NOT STANDING PAT: Patrick Bajkov, the leading Tips scorer, set the new Silvertips all-time scoring record with 264 points on Feb. 2, when he surpassed Zach Hamill with a first period power play goal … has twice tied his career high of 5 points … he reached the Silvertips all-time goal scoring record (108) with a goal vs. Kelowna on Mar. 2 … he is a goal or assist away from setting the new Tips single season points record (94).
  • RIPPING IT ON THE ROAD: The Silvertips won eight straight games on the road ending Mar. 11, setting a new franchise record on Mar. 10 at Seattle (3-2 win).
  • AGAINST THE U.S. DIVISION: The Tips are 22-11-0-1 against opponents from the U.S. Division … tonight’s game is their final matchup against an opponent from the U.S. Division.
  • SPECIAL DELIVERIES: For special teams, the Tips penalty kill is 1st in the WHL (84.3) … the Tips power play went 5-of-9 on Jan. 7 vs. Victoria, tying a franchise record for most power play goals in one game (5) … they are 10-of-33 in the last eight games … Connor Dewar and Matt Fonteyne lead the Tips with 15 power play goals.

 

See you on the radio.

BROADCAST NOTES: Tips at Portland (3/11)


Woke up like this. There have been worse road wake-up visuals.

The picture for the Silvertips postseason is also getting much more clear. They’ve already clinched a berth and home ice advantage in the first round.

Tonight: if they win at Portland, they clinch their 6th U.S. Division title and back-to-back top Conference record honors. The magic number is 3 points to get it done, and tonight is a “4-point swing” game.

Not to mention: Patrick Bajkov needs just one more goal and an assist to break another Tips record: single season for points.

Quick turnaround even with the “spring forward” thing: naps and coffee are today’s friend. See you on the radio and the drops in #RipCity at 5:00pm.

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ON THE BROADCAST: (pregame at 4:30 pm from Moda Center) 

  • Pregame: Matt Fonteyne, Dennis Williams
  • 1st Intermission: WHL This Week
  • 2nd Intermission: Tips Talk

 

PLAYOFF SCENARIO:

The Silvertips have a magic number of 3 (outright)  to clinch the U.S. Division title and can clinch the Division title today if they defeat the Winterhawks.

The Silvertips hold a six-point lead for first place in the Western Conference and U.S. Division with 4 games to play.

The Silvertips have clinched a playoff berth for the 15th straight season, the longest current streak in the WHL and home ice advantage in the opening round.

IF THE PLAYOFFS BEGAN TODAY: The Silvertips would face the Seattle Thunderbirds in the first round.

 

TOP 5 TIPS TIDBITS

  • TORRID TIPS: The Tips are 41-8-1-3 in the last 56 games and finished 9-1-1-1 in February… they have won 35 of the last 43 games … Garrett Pilon led the Silvertips with 15 points in 12 games during February … they have 4 games of scoring 8 goals or more.
  • NOT STANDING PAT: Patrick Bajkov, the leading Tips scorer, set the new Silvertips all-time scoring record with 264 points on Feb. 2, when he surpassed Zach Hamill with a first period power play goal … has twice tied his career high of 5 points … he reached the Silvertips all-time goal scoring record (108) with a goal vs. Kelowna on Mar. 2 … he is a goal or assist away from setting the new Tips single season points record (94).
  • RIPPING IT ON THE ROAD: The Silvertips have won eight straight games on the road, setting a new franchise record on Mar. 10 at Seattle (3-2 win).
  • AGAINST THE U.S. DIVISION: The Tips are 22-10-0-1 against opponents from the U.S. Division … their next U.S. Division opponent is Tuesday at Tri-City (final matchup of the season).
  • SPECIAL DELIVERIES: For special teams, the Tips penalty kill is 1st in the WHL (84.5) … the Tips power play went 5-of-9 on Jan. 7 vs. Victoria, tying a franchise record for most power play goals in one game (5) … they are 10-of-28 in the last seven games … Connor Dewar and Matt Fonteyne lead the Tips with 15 power play goals.

 

Broadcast Notes: Tips at Vancouver (3/4)


Another quick turnaround with the final game of three in three ahead, and it’s the last of this regular season.

Then, the Silvertips get a breather: five days off, then back to play for Saturday in Kent, Washington.

The Tips are in search of their fifth win in six games for the season series. Vancouver locked up their playoff berth (first time since 13-14) last night in a one-goal win over Kamloops.

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ON THE BROADCAST: (pregame at 1:30 pm) 

  • Pregame: Connor Dewar, Dennis Williams
  • 1st Intermission: WHL This Week
  • 2nd Intermission: Tips Talk

 

PLAYOFF SCENARIO:

The Silvertips hold a seven point lead for first place in the Western Conference and U.S. Division.

The Silvertips have 6 games to play.

The Silvertips have clinched a playoff berth for the 15th straight season, the longest current streak in the WHL.

The Silvertips have a magic number of 7 to clinch home ice advantage in the opening round of the playoffs and a magic number of 9 to clinch the U.S. Division title.

IF THE PLAYOFFS BEGAN TODAY: The Silvertips would face the Seattle Thunderbirds in the first round.

 

 

TOP 5 TIPS TIDBITS

  • TORRID TIPS: The Tips are 39-8-1-3 in the last 51 games and finished 9-1-1-1 in February… they have won 34 of the last 41 games … Garrett Pilon led the Silvertips with 15 points in 12 games during February … they have 4 games of scoring 8 goals or more.
  • NOT STANDING PAT: Patrick Bajkov, the leading Tips scorer, set the new Silvertips all-time scoring record with 264 points on Feb. 2, when he surpassed Zach Hamill with a first period power play goal … has twice tied his career high of 5 points … he reached the Silvertips all-time goal scoring record (108) with a goal vs. Kelowna on Mar. 2.
  • THIS IS 40: Did you know? The Silvertips have surpassed the 40-win mark for the sixth time in franchise history, and third time in the last four years.
  • AGAINST THE B.C. DIVISION: The Tips are 16-2-0-1 against opponents from the B.C. Division … their next B.C. opponent is Mar. 16 vs. Victoria … the Silvertips have ten players on their roster from British Columbia.
  • SPECIAL DELIVERIES: For the Silvertips special teams, the penalty kill is 1st in the WHL (84.6) … the Tips power play went 5-of-9 on Jan. 7 vs. Victoria, tying a franchise record for most power play goals in one game (5) … they are 7-of-23 in the last seven games … Connor Dewar leads the Silvertips with 15 power play goals.

See you on the radio!

Broadcast Notes: Tips vs Seattle (3/3)



 

Tonight is the 9th of 10 meetings between the Silvertips and Seattle Thunderbirds, before a confirmed sellout crowd in downtown Everett.

Based on the outrageous ticket sales numbers from this week with the NHL and Seattle’s OVG group, the game has had a pretty good week.

The Tips hold a slim lead in the series for points, 10-9. A win in regulation tonight guarantees a season series victory.

And, if the playoffs began today: this would be the Tips 1st round matchup. Drink that one in.

AUDIO STREAMRadio (1380 AM) / Tips App, too

ON THE BROADCAST: (pregame at 6:30 pm) 

  • Pregame: Patrick Bajkov (reflecting in goal #108) Dennis Williams
  • 1st Intermission: Sean Joyce, U.S. Navy
  • 2nd Intermission: Tips Talk

 

PLAYOFF SCENARIO:

The Silvertips hold a seven point lead for first place in the Western Conference.

The Silvertips hold an eight point lead for first place in the U.S. Division.

The Silvertips have 7 games to play.

The Silvertips have clinched a playoff berth for the 15th straight season, the longest current streak in the WHL.

The Silvertips have a magic number of 9 to clinch home ice advantage in the opening round of the playoffs and a magic number of 11 to clinch the U.S. Division title.

NEXT THREE GAMES (all times PT)

DATE               OPPONENT                 TIME            SITE                                 RADIO

3/4/18              @ Vancouver               2:05pm        Langley Events Centre     KRKO 1380 AM & 95.3 FM/Tips App

3/10/18            @ Seattle                     7:00pm        ShoWare Center               KRKO 1380 AM & 95.3 FM/Tips App

3/11/18            @ Portland                   5:00pm        Moda Center                    KRKO 1380 AM & 95.3 FM/Tips App

 

LAST GAME (EVT 4 – KEL 2  / 3-2-18): Connor Dewar broke a late 2-2 tie with back to back goals and Patrick Bajkov became the all-time leading goal scorer in franchise history to help rally the Everett Silvertips to a 4-2 victory over the Kelowna Rockets before 5,778 fans in downtown Everett, in WHL action on Friday. The Silvertips swept Kelowna (4-0-0-0) for the first time in franchise history. Bajkov, tying the game with his 29th goal of the year at 11:39 of the third period, scored the 108th goal in his Silvertips career to become the all-time leader. Garrett Pilon, playing in the 200th game of his career, earned a pair of assists.
TOP 5 TIPS TIDBITS

  • TORRID TIPS: The Tips are 38-8-1-3 in the last 50 games and finished 9-1-1-1 in February… they have won 33 of the last 40 games … Garrett Pilon led the Silvertips with 15 points in 12 games during February … they have 4 games of scoring 8 goals or more.
  • NOT STANDING PAT: Patrick Bajkov, the leading Tips scorer, set the new Silvertips all-time scoring record with 264 points on Feb. 2, when he surpassed Zach Hamill with a first period power play goal … has twice tied his career high of 5 points … he reached the Silvertips all-time goal scoring record (108) with a goal vs. Kelowna on Mar. 2.
  • THIS IS 40: Did you know? The Silvertips have surpassed the 40-win mark for the sixth time in franchise history, and third time in the last four years.
  • AGAINST THE U.S. DIVISION: The Tips are 20-10-2-2 against opponents from the U.S. Division … their next divisional matchup is Saturday, Mar. 10 at Seattle and finish with three of the last five games against their division.
  • SPECIAL DELIVERIES: For the Silvertips special teams, the penalty kill is 1st in the WHL (84.5) … the Tips power play went 5-of-9 on Jan. 7 vs. Victoria, tying a franchise record for most power play goals in one game (5) … they are 6-of-18 in the last six games … Matt Fonteyne and Connor Dewar lead the Tips with 14 power play goals.    

Broadcast Notes: Tips vs Spokane (2/25)


Condensed day and condensed preparations. We’ll cut to the chase below!

****UPDATE: pregame coverage pushed back to 4:10pm*****

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ON THE BROADCAST: (pregame at 4:10pm) 

  • Pregame: Garrett Pilon, Dennis Williams
  • 1st Intermission: Live, Dan Gendur
  • 2nd Intermission: Tips Talk

 

PLAYOFF SCENARIO:

The Silvertips hold a nine point lead for first place in the Western Conference.

The Silvertips hold a five point lead for first place in the U.S. Division.

The Silvertips have 9 games to play.

The Silvertips have clinched a playoff berth for the 15th straight season, the longest current streak in the WHL.

The Silvertips have a magic number of 11 to clinch home ice advantage in the opening round of the playoffs.

IF THE PLAYOFFS BEGAN TODAY: The Silvertips would face the Seattle Thunderbirds in the first round.

 

TOP 5 TIPS TIDBITS

  • TORRID TIPS: The Tips are 37-7-1-3 in the last 48 games and finished 9-3-0-1 in January… they have won 31 of the last 38 games … Garrett Pilon leads the Silvertips with 15 points in 11 games during February … they have 4 games of scoring 8 goals or more.
  • NOT STANDING PAT: Patrick Bajkov, the leading Tips scorer, set the new Silvertips all-time scoring record with 264 points on Feb. 2, when he surpassed Zach Hamill with a first period power play goal … has twice tied his career high of 5 points … he needs one goal to surpass Tyler Maxwell for the Tips all-time goal record (108).
  • WA TIES: Did you know? In its 15th season of WHL play, the Everett Silvertips have three players originally hailing from the state of Washington: forwards Luke Ormsby (Everett), Dawson Butt (Buckley), and defenseman Wyatte Wylie (Everett) … both Ormsby and Wylie originally skated in the Everett Youth Hockey program.
  • AGAINST THE U.S. DIVISION: The Tips are 20-9-2-2 against their opponents from the U.S. Division … they play six of their final 10 games against U.S. Division opponents.
  • SPECIAL DELIVERIES: For the Silvertips special teams, the penalty kill is 1st in the WHL (84.2) … the Tips power play went 5-of-9 on Jan. 7 vs. Victoria, tying a franchise record for most power play goals in one game (5) … they are 5-of-13 in the last four games … Matt Fonteyne leads the Silvertips with 14 power play goals.    

 

Broadcast Notes: Tips at Seattle (2/24)


 

Good morning from the Pacific Northwest. We usually say this in context of a road outpost since tonight is a road game, but it’s a 45 minute trek south into Kent, Washington which had the Silvertips waking up in their own beds today.

The 8th meeting out of 10 total between the Silvertips and Thunderbirds starts early tonight at 6:05pm, in coordination with the Thunderbirds’ annual all-day community hockey marathon at ShoWare Center. It means preparations are moved up an hour in advance, but not so much where the condensed day manipulates the routine as if preparing for a 4:05pm start or earlier.

The Tips won the last time in Kent, on Bryce Kindopp’s OT winner eight days ago – it broke a two year streak down the wrong path for the Tips, who previously hadn’t won in Kent since February of 2016.

Last night’s victory over Vancouver didn’t come with the highest degree of satisfaction, and Mitch Love rapidly addressed Vancouver elevating their game as well. There hasn’t been much practice time even with three days off surrounding Tuesday: Dennis Williams explained more of that in our pregame conversation yesterday.

 

AUDIO STREAMRadio (1380 AM) / Tips App, too

ON THE BROADCAST: (pregame at 5:30pm) 

  • Pregame: Garrett Pilon, Dennis Williams
  • 1st Intermission: Alumni spotlight: Ronan Seeley, Jackson Berezowski
  • 2nd Intermission: Tips Talk

 

PLAYOFF SCENARIO:

The Silvertips hold a nine point lead for first place in the Western Conference.

The Silvertips hold a five point lead for first place in the U.S. Division.

The Silvertips have 10 games to play.

The Silvertips have clinched a playoff berth for the 15th straight season, the longest current streak in the WHL.

The Silvertips have a magic number of 13 to clinch home ice advantage in the opening round of the playoffs.

IF THE PLAYOFFS BEGAN TODAY: The Silvertips would face the Seattle Thunderbirds in the first round.
TOP 5 TIPS TIDBITS

  • TORRID TIPS: The Tips are 36-7-1-3 in the last 47 games and finished 9-3-0-1 in January… they have won 30 of the last 37 games … Matt Fonteyne led the Silvertips in January – and the entire league – with 25 points in 13 games and added 12 goals … they have 4 games of scoring 8 goals or more.
  • NOT STANDING PAT: Patrick Bajkov, the leading Tips scorer, set the new Silvertips all-time scoring record with 264 points on Feb. 2, when he surpassed Zach Hamill with a first period power play goal … has twice tied his career high of 5 points … he needs one goal to surpass Tyler Maxwell for the Tips all-time goal record (108).
  • WA TIES: Did you know? In its 15th season of WHL play, the Everett Silvertips have three players originally hailing from the state of Washington: forwards Luke Ormsby (Everett), Dawson Butt (Buckley), and defenseman Wyatte Wylie (Everett) … both Ormsby and Wylie originally skated in the Everett Youth Hockey program.
  • AGAINST THE U.S. DIVISION: The Tips are 19-9-2-2 against their opponents from the U.S. Division … they play six of their final 10 games against U.S. Division opponents.
  • SPECIAL DELIVERIES: For the Silvertips special teams, the penalty kill is 1st in the WHL (84.2) … the Tips power play went 5-of-9 on Jan. 7 vs. Victoria, tying a franchise record for most power play goals in one game (5) … they are 5-of-9 in the last three games … Matt Fonteyne leads the Silvertips with 14 power play goals.    

 

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Broadcast Notes: Tips vs. Spokane (2/18)


Updated developments: no Sean Richards as of now (still a TBD suspension for last Friday’s checking from behind major – we’re into the 4th day of “TBD”).

The Tips will see the Spokane Chiefs for the final time at Spokane Arena this season, the start of 7 of the final 12 games against opponents from the U.S. Division. The Tips have a 16-10-0-2 road record, so it suggests they’re comfortable in knowing how to handle the environment … that’ll come in handy, because five of the last 7 games against the U.S. Division will be on the road.

Playoff watch: the Tips are on the threshold, pardon the cliche. Kamloops does not play tonight, so the Tips need just one more point to lock up the “X” by their name in the standings for the 15th straight season – extending a current league record. They’d prefer a win, therefore multitasking by locking up a berth and knocking down the magic number for a division title and top seed in the Conference. They’re 5 up on Kelowna (1 game in hand) for the conference, and 7 up on Portland (2 games in hand) for the division.

MILESTONES: We’ll be ready to discuss them tonight. The next Patrick Bajkov goal sets him up as the Silvertips all-time leader. Kevin Davis will also play in the 336th game of his career tonight, passing Shane Harper to become the new Tips all-time leader. Carter Hart has 26 career bagels – tying Tyson Sexsmith for the league record. For the purposes of avoiding superstition with select members of audience, we’ll let you figure out the rest.

The Tips are 4-2-1-1 against Spokane this season.

 

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ON THE BROADCAST: (pregame at 6:30pm) 

  • Pregame: Kevin Davis, Matt Fonteyne Dennis Williams
  • 1st Intermission: A look back at Kevin Davis through the years
  • 2nd Intermission: Tips Talk

 

TOP 5 TIPS TIDBITS

  • TORRID TIPS: The Tips are 34-7-1-3 in the last 45 games and finished 9-3-0-1 in January… they have won 28 of the last 35 games … Matt Fonteyne led the Silvertips in January – and the entire league – with 25 points in 13 games and added 12 goals … they have 4 games of scoring 8 goals or more.
  • NOT STANDING PAT: Patrick Bajkov, the leading Tips scorer, set the new Silvertips all-time scoring record with 264 points on Feb. 2, when he surpassed Zach Hamill with a first period power play goal … has twice tied his career high of 5 points … he needs one goal to surpass Tyler Maxwell for the Tips all-time goal record (108).
  • IRON MAN: Kevin Davis is scheduled to play in the 336th game of his WHL career tonight, surpassing Shane Harper for the Silvertips all-time record … Davis has 55 points in 59 games, ending Sunday (T-8, WHL d-men).
  • AGAINST THE U.S. DIVISION: The Tips are 20-8-1-2 against their opponents from the U.S. Division … seven of their final 12 games are against opponents from the U.S. Division (two at home, five on the road).
  • SPECIAL DELIVERIES: For the Silvertips special teams, the penalty kill is 1st in the WHL (83.7) … the Tips power play went 5-of-9 on Jan. 7 vs. Victoria, tying a franchise record for most power play goals in one game (5) … they went 3-of-7 on Sunday vs. Kamloops … Matt Fonteyne leads the Silvertips with 14 power play goals.    

 

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