Leed(ahl) On

As Dawson Leedahl prepares for his 200th career WHL game, the Silvertips can snap a couple of pesky slumps by turning things around offensively tonight vs. the Vancouver Giants.

The Silvertips have owned a 4-0 record in the last 4 games (outscoring the Giants 17-3), but you’ll hear a lot tonight about getting past the offensive and special teams speed bumps that have populated the last couple of games.

Outscored 7-1 over the last two contests, the Silvertips let two separate five-on-three man advantages get by last night without scoring. It didn’t help they missed 2/3 of their top line as well in the process. But potentially getting them back, plus shifting the focus onto the second game in 24 hours, provides a big chance at opportunity.

It’s 80’s Night in the house (special Kingdome era apparel tribute you’ll see if coming to the game, from our pregame show), and Al Kinisky and I have the call at 6:30pm on Fox Sports 1380.

  • LISTEN LIVE: Fox Sports 1380
  • PREGAME: Kevin Constantine, Patrick Bajkov
  • 1ST INTERMISSION: Carter Hart


TONIGHT’S MATCHUP
Tonight brings the second meeting of the season between the Silvertips and Vancouver Giants at XFINITY Arena, with the Silvertips playing in their fifth home game in a seven-game stretch. The Silvertips are 37-31-3-1 overall against the Giants and are 22-12-1-1 at XFINITY Arena. Everett defeated Vancouver in the first meeting, 3-2 at XFINITY Arena on Nov. 7 behind Patrick Bajkov’s game winning goal. The Silvertips are 9-4-0-1 at home this season. Both teams are playing in their second game in as many days.

HEAD-TO-HEAD: ON THE SHOULDERS OF GIANTS
The Silvertips host the Vancouver Giants for the second time this season, continuing a tight rivalry at a Silvertips 37-31-3-1 record. Last season, the Tips won all three games in Everett by a combined score of 14-1. The Giants are headlined by blue chip prospect Tyler Benson (one of four WHL players listed with an “A” rating in the CSS “Ones to Watch List”, a possible early selection in the first round of the 2016 NHL Entry Draft. RW Ty Ronning, draft eligible in 2016, is the son of former Vancouver Canucks forward Cliff Ronning. Vancouver is led by head coach Lorne Molleken, who is just one of four coaches in WHL history to surpass 600 wins. The Giants have won three games in a row and defeated Kootenay, 4-0 last night at the Pacific Coliseum.

SILVERTIPS HEAD-TO-HEAD RECORD: 37-31-3-1 (overall), 22-12-1-1 (home)
LAST SILVERTIPS HOME WIN: 11/7/15, 3-2 (Patrick Bajkov; GWG)
LAST MEETING: Same as above

LAST GAME:
PG 3 – EVT 0 (12-5-15): Ty Edmonds turned in a 27-save shutout and Colby McAuley galvanized the Prince George Cougars with a pair of goals to hold off the Everett Silvertips, 3-0 at XFINITY Arena on Friday. The Silvertips suffered back-to-back losses at home for the first time this season and Carter Hart turned in 27 saves, decorating a game that took a bruising and physical approach. Both teams combined for 77 penalty minutes and nine major or misconduct infractions, involved in three fights in the first 15 minutes of the game.

 

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 24 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 … Everett’s 26.9 shots allowed per game are fourth in the WHL … the Silvertips are 8-3-0-1 when tied after one period and are a combined 13-1-0-2 when either tied or leading after two periods … seven defensemen on the Silvertips roster are +1 or better, and all have combined for a +31 rating.

MILESTONE TRACKER

  • Dawson Leedahl TONIGHT WILL PLAY IN HIS 200TH CAREER GAME, IN THE WHL AND WITH THE TIPS  
  • Patrick Bajkov is 20 points away from 100 in his WHL career
  • Remi Laurencelle is 5 points away from 100 in his WHL career

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 TEAM GAA SV W L OTL SOL
1 Carter Hart EVT 2.17 1701 39 18 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 Michael Herringer KEL 2.65 721 22 5 0 0
5 Jordan Papirny BDN 2.67 2674 64 22 7 4

* Minimum 1,500 minutes played  

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)

 

 

STUCKY CELEBRATES A MILESTONE:
Silvertips equipment manager James Stucky worked the 1,500th game in his career on Oct. 28 vs. Brandon. The native of Burien, Wash. has served the Silvertips in his capacity since the inception of the franchise in 2003, having previously worked in the American Hockey League with Cincinnati, in the IHL with Indianapolis and in the CHL with Memphis from 1995-2003. He was honored last Friday night with a pre-game ceremonial puck drop.

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 (259) and posting a record of 259-148-50 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.

 

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