Condensed day with condensed preparations as we get set for the Tips and Portland Winterhawks, 8th edition (out of 10). It’s obvious that the theme for today is control of the top – just one point separates the two teams for first place in the U.S. Division. We’re getting into the part of the season now where you’ll often hear the words, “chase,” “hunt,” “preview,” etc.
Welcome to second half hockey.
It welcomed Garrett Pilon with open arms last night in Tips colors, notching his 2nd career hat trick. He could have had five goals last night: one miss on a back door one timer and another hit crossbar in the first and third period were the reasons why.
Pretty safe to say his line, with fellow wing Connor Dewar and center Riley Sutter, were a menace last night.
AUDIO STREAM: Radio (1380 AM) / Tips App, too
ON THE BROADCAST: (pregame at 4:30pm)
- Pregame: Bryce Kindopp, Dennis Williams
- 1st Intermission: Jake Christiansen
- 2nd Intermission: we answer your questions from the Tips App (go to “Tips Talk” and submit there!)
TOP 5 TIPS TIDBITS
- TORRID TIPS: The Tips are 22-6-0-1 in the last 29 games and finished 10-2-0-0 in the month of December … they have won 16 of the last 19 games … Patrick Bajkov led the Silvertips with 18 points and six goals in 12 games during the month.
- GOALTENDING GOT HART: Tips goaltender Carter Hart, named Player of the Game in the championship victory over Sweden, returns to the Silvertips after capturing the gold medal with Canada at the 2018 IIHF World Junior Championships in Buffalo … Hart went 5-0-0-1 in six games, totaling a 1.64 goals-against-average and .935 save percentage in the tourney … he returns as the WHL leader in GAA (1.32), save percentage (.961), shutouts (5), and is 13-3-0-1 in 17 games.
- HUNGRY LIKE THE WOLF: 2001-born goaltender Dustin Wolf had seven wins in his first ten appearances … he earned his third shutout of the season on Wednesday vs. Tri-City (29 saves) … he was named CHL Goaltender of the Week for the week ending Oct. 30 … he was 5-2-0-0 with a 2.01 GAA, two shutouts, and .933 save pct. in December.
- NOT STANDING PAT: Patrick Bajkov, the leading Tips scorer, had a career high 5 points on Sunday vs Victoria … his 63 points in 44 games rank ninth in league scoring after the Tips last victory … he is 10 points away from tying the Silvertips all-time points record, held by Zach Hamill.
- SPECIAL DELIVERIES: For the Silvertips special teams, the penalty kill is 1st in the WHL (85.6) … the Tips power play went 5-of-9 on Sunday vs. Victoria, tying a franchise record for most power play goals in one game (5) … they are 8-of-17 in the last three games … Matt Fonteyne leads the Silvertips with 12 power play goals.
ON THIS DATE
JANUARY 14, 2006: One day after Peter Mueller’s natural hat trick, John Lammers notched his second hat trick of the season (8th in Tips history) as the Silvertips defeated Vancouver, 4-2 at Pacific Coliseum … the final two goals by Lammers helped the Tips rally from a 2-1 deficit in the third period.
RECORD WATCH: Patrick Bajkov is within 10 points of Zach Hamill’s all-time scoring record… Carter Hart is two shutouts within Tyson Sexsmith’s all-time shutout record (WHL).
See you on the radio.