We certainly hope so.
They hadn’t scored more than two per game since Oct. 11 vs Prince Albert.
The more this went on, it seemed the likelier scenario than a 3-4 goal Silvertips game would be:
a. The Seahawks trading Russell Wilson
b. The frequent visit of Halley’s Comet
c. Elvis returns alive
Thank goodness for that second period, beginning on Josh Thrower’s penalty. Three goals in 10:55. Hey, it’s progress from two in a span of the final 23 minutes, Friday.
As Kevin Constantine said, the effort was there. The battle level was there. You had to imagine: the results would soon be there. Tonight, it was enough.
- Use your timeout wisely. With 53.1 seconds left and the Silvertips nursing a one-goal lead, Kevin Constantine manufactured a lengthy break for five players on the verge of fatigue with a timeout following an icing call, and a face-off in their own zone. Why not use it? The strategy worked to perfection. The Tips, rested enough for the ensuing face-off, got the puck down ice at the opportune time (Dawson Leedahl barely missed on an empty netter from center ice). They sealed victory. It was a smart decision befitting a coach who’s been through plenty of these battles, all the way to the NHL level. Great call.
- If there was ever an “honorable mention” star, Noah Juulsen deserved it. Because Carter Hart, Patrick Bajkov and Matt Fonteyne were outstanding. But Juulsen engineered the Silvertips power play, who connected on their only two opportunities, and “introduced” himself to a few Giants tonight with hits along the boards. If it moved, Juulsen hit it.
- This space reserved for the incredible feats of Carter Hart. Getting to that point where we start running out of supleratives. Hart had 31 saves, a garden variety point-blank stop on Ben Thomas’ hat trick bid (hello, diving stick-side save) and turned in a win boosting his total to 4-2-1 in seven games: .953 save percentage and 1.27 GAA. #nbd
PRESS ROOM MEAL: Beef stroganoff (the certified “clubhouse leader” of Al Kinisky this season), sautéed veggies, dinner roll and brownie platter.
LASTING IMAGE: Let’s hug it out.