At 10-5-0-1, the Everett Silvertips aren’t just gaining attention for an NHL experienced head coach and a couple of blue chippers.
They have conversation, and it goes something like this:
- “They play the right way.”
- “They are tough to play against.”
- “They work hard.”
So it comes to no surprise that by allowing a little over two goals per game, second lowest in the league, the task of getting puck into high-grade scoring territory (let alone one past Carter Hart) seems as easy as continuously attempting to paddle board through a tidal wave.
It will flush you, eventually, and it will frustrate you.
Ask the WHL’s leading goal scorer, Jon Martin, about tonight (bye bye, six-game road scoring streak).
But now, they can score too.
Nine goals in the last two games: pinned on Spokane and Swift Current. And it’s not like one line (or player) teed off with a hot streak. Remi Laurencelle had 3 goals. Devon Skoleski had a multi point game tonight. Carson Stadnyk and Dawson Leedahl (one night after being a “good team player” and spotting in a defenseman role) had multi point games tonight. Jake Christiansen had his first career WHL goal (while he and Tristen Pfeifer have noticeably become more comfortable as a pair).
It’s as spread around as it gets.
Not to get too far ahead – but now, the Tips are developing with elements necessary for postseason success. Case in point:
- Winning tight games (7-2-0-1 combined in 1-goal, and 2-goal games)
- Goaltending (do we need to rehash Hart’s unconscious numbers?)
- Special teams (6th in WHL power play – 21.8 percent)
“Buy in” is not a problem. Just listen to what Kevin Constantine said, Mark Lamb said, and what we (postgame replay) said after Saturday night.