A Winning Attitude.

Wednesday, a 4-1 loss wasn’t what the Everett Silvertips had in mind.

And tonight, the Silvertips sit at the table of a card game, fresh off the losing hand, asking for “next hand.” Sitting at the table nearby are the Prince George Cougars, who amplified their season with five wins in six games.

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Al Kinisky and I are on-air tonight at 7:00 p.m. on Fox Sports 1380, WHL Live and your Tune-In App.

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TONIGHT’S GUESTS: Kevin Constantine, Noah Juulsen, Riley Sutter

TONIGHT’S MATCHUP
A four-game homestand continues this evening with the fourth and final meeting of the season between the Everett Silvertips and Prince George Cougars, also marking the second time both clubs will meet at XFINITY Arena this season. The Silvertips are 2-1-0-0 in the series and last met on Nov. 6 in Everett, a 2-1 overtime victory for the Silvertips. Currently, the Silvertips are in a stretch of playing six times at home in eight games – currently they are 9-3-0-1 at XFINITY Arena.

THE FUTURE: A look at the NHL drafted talent on tonight’s rosters:

  • NOAH JUULSEN (D) – Silvertips/Montreal 1st round selection (2015)
  • BRYCEN MARTIN (D) – Silvertips/Buffalo 3rd round selection (2014)
  • JESSE GABRIELLE (LW) – Cougars/Boston 4th round selection (2015)
  • JANSEN HARKINS (C) – Cougars/Winnipeg 2nd round selection (2015)
  • BRAD MORRISON (C) – Cougars/NY Rangers 4th round selection (2015)
  • TATE OLSON (D) – Cougars/Vancouver 7th round selection (2015)
  • SAM RUOPP (D) – Cougars/Columbus 5th round selection (2015)

HEAD-TO-HEAD:
The Prince George Cougars went 31-36-2-3 (67 points) last season, finishing seventh in the Western Conference while compiling a home record of 16-17-1-2. Center Jansen Harkins led the Cougars in scoring last season, collecting 79 points (20g-59a) in 70 games and was selected in the second round (47th overall) of the 2015 NHL Entry Draft by the Winnipeg Jets. His father, Todd, skated over the course of three seasons in the NHL with Calgary and Hartford and currently serves as general manager for the Cougars. Overage forward Chase Witala led the Cougars last season with 38 goals. Prince George has won five times in the last six games and are beginning a stretch of five road games out of six overall on the road.

The Silvertips are 4-3-0-0 in the last seven matchups with Prince George, last facing the Cougars at XFINITY Arena on Nov. 6 (2-1 overtime victory).

SILVERTIPS HEAD-TO-HEAD RECORD: 31-16-3-2 (overall), 14-10-0-2 (home)
LAST SILVERTIPS HOME WIN: 11/6/15, 2-1 OT victory (Kevin Davis GWG)
LAST MEETING: Same as above

ON THE OTHER SIDE: Jesse Gabrielle, NHL property of the Boston Bruins and leads the Cougars with 25 points in 26 games. However, Jared Bethune and Brad Morrison come in trending the highest, leading Prince George with 11 points apiece (in 11 games) during the month of November.

LAST 3 GAMES:
TC 4 – EVT 1 (12/2/15): Michael Rasmussen collected two assists and the Tri-City Americans used a pair of shorthanded goals to hold off the Everett Silvertips, 4-1 at XFINITY Arena on Wednesday night. The loss ended the Silvertips’ six-game home winning streak and spoiled the debut of newcomer Brycen Martin, a defenseman acquired in a trade Monday with Saskatoon. Brian King netted the only Silvertips goal of the evening, shorthanded in the third period.

EVT 5 – SPO 1 (11/29/15): Remi Laurencelle scored two goals and added an assist while eight of his teammates recorded a point to help the Everett Silvertips win their third game in a row and bury the Spokane Chiefs in a 5-1 victory before 4,077 fans at Spokane Arena on Sunday night. Laurencelle, earning his fifth multi-goal game and seventh goal in the last four games, capped a run of five unanswered goals by the Silvertips. Carter Hart registered his 14th win of the season with 25 saves while Dario Winkler recorded an assist, filling in with top line duty in the absence of injured captain Dawson Leedahl.

EVT 5 – MJ 0 (11/27/15): Carter Hart only needed to make 14 saves for his 10th career WHL shutout in 64 regular season and postseason games, while Remi Laurencelle and Graham Millar each scored twice to help the Everett Silvertips hammer the Moose Jaw Warriors in a 5-0 victory before a crowd of 5,278 at XFINITY Arena on Friday. The Silvertips won their sixth consecutive home game, shutting out an opponent on home ice for the third straight game. Hart earned his sixth shutout of the season, and Laurencelle, earning his fifth goal in three games, recorded his fourth multi goal game of the season.

UNDER LOCK AND KEY
The Silvertips defense leads the WHL with 2.0 goals allowed per game … Everett has allowed two goals or less in 17 of the first 23 games … the Silvertips are the only team to earn a shutout against Seattle this season … the Silvertips have allowed just seven goals in the first period, fewest in the WHL … following Wednesday, Everett’s 26.7 shots allowed per game are third in the WHL … the Silvertips are 8-2-0-1 when tied after one period and are a combined 13-1-0-2 when either tied or leading after two periods … every defenseman has combined for a +30 rating.

SILVERTIP COUNTRY GONE GLOBAL
The Silvertips have been involved this year with the following international competition:

  • Assistant coach Mitch Love, gold medal for Hockey Canada as assistant coach for the 2015 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge
  • Defenseman Noah Juulsen has been named to the roster for Hockey Canada’s Selection Camp for the 2016 World Junior Championships (Dec. 10-14 in Toronto)
  • Forward Dario Winkler, named to Team Austria for the World Junior Championship roster (Division-1, Group-A)
  • Goaltender Carter Hart (draft eligible in 2016) and Juulsen (first round selection of Montreal, 2015) represented the Tips and the WHL for Hockey Canada in the 2015 CHL Canada Russia Series – Juulsen scored a goal in the Monday game, and followed up with a +3 rating the next night.
  • Hart, Juulsen skated in the inaugural Hockey Canada Summer Showcase
  • Hart earned a gold medal in the 2015 Under-18 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Cup tournament

HART HAULS HONORS
Goaltender Carter Hart earned the CHL Goaltender of the Week award, the WHL Goaltender of the Month (November) award and his second WHL Goaltender of the Week award of the season this week … during the month of November he was 9-2-0-1 and led the league with a 1.16 goals-against-average, in addition to a .951 save percentage and four shutouts … he has posted a 39-17-5-5 record with ten shutouts in 66 career WHL regular season and playoff appearances … eligible for the 2016 NHL Entry Draft and was recently named to the NHL Central Scouting Service’s “Players to Watch” list (B) in November … AMONG THE WHL LEADERS: 1st in goals against average (1.74), tied for third in wins (14), 1st in shutouts (6) and tied for 1st in save percentage (.934).

HART OF STONE

Silvertips goaltender Carter Hart, entering his second full season of play in the WHL, ranks among the league’s leader in several goaltending categories since beginning his career with the Silvertips. Entering tonight, Hart is the leader in WHL goals-against-average for the last two seasons.

WHL GOALS AGAINST AVERAGE LEADERS*, SINCE START OF 2014-15 SEASON:

RANK PLAYER TM GAA SV W L OTL SOL
1 Carter Hart EVT 2.17 1674 39 17 5 5
2 Taran Kozun SEA 2.50 1687 35 21 5 4
3 Jackson Whistle KEL 2.51 2298 63 15 7 0
4 Logan Flodell SEA 2.62 643 14 8 2 1
5 Jordan Papirny BDN 2.68 2645 64 22 6 4

* Minimum 1,500 minutes played  

MILESTONE TRACKER

  • Dawson Leedahl is 2 games away from 200 in his WHL and Silvertips career
  • Patrick Bajkov is 20 points away from 100 in his WHL career
  • Remi Laurencelle is 5 points away from 100 in his WHL career

NOVEMBER TO REMEMEBER  

  • The Silvertips finished the month of November with a record of 9-3-0-1
  • At home, the Silvertips went 6-0-0-0 in six games
  • Remi Laurcencelle led the Silvertips with 18 points (10g-8a) in 13 games during the month, finishing four off the league lead.
  • Goaltender Carter Hart was named WHL Goaltender of the Month, appearing in all but one game in net and led the league with a 1.16 goals-against-average, in addition to a .951 save percentage and four shutouts
  • The Silvertips surpassed last year’s record in November, when they went 7-4-1-0 (15 points)

 

THE KEVIN CONSTANTINE FILE
Kevin Constantine returns for his seventh season overall as head coach of the Silvertips, ranking as the club’s all-time leader in wins (258) and posting a record of 258-148-50 in his Everett career. All four of the Silvertips’ division titles have been achieved with Constantine as head coach, most recently last season which was Everett’s first since 2006-07. He was the recipient of the Dunc McCallum Trophy (WHL Coach of the Year) in 2003-04, when the Silvertips broke nearly every WHL expansion record and became the first expansion team in WHL history to win a division title. Constantine has coached in the NHL over the course of seven seasons with San Jose, Pittsburgh and New Jersey, helping guide all three clubs to an appearance in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

MILESTONE TRACKER

  • Dawson Leedahl is 2 games away from 200 in his WHL and Silvertips career
  • Patrick Bajkov is 20 points away from 100 in his WHL career
  • Remi Laurencelle is 5 points away from 100 in his WHL career

 

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