Boy, is this going to be fun hockey to watch.
Two straight games in downtown Everett feature three teams – the Silvertips, evolving juggernaut Swift Current Broncos and respectable Brandon Wheat Kings combining for:
- .680 win percentage
- 88 wins
- 16 players either signed by NHL teams, drafted by NHL teams, or skating in the upcoming CHL/NHL Top Prospects game.
Quite simply, if you’re behind the NHL to Seattle wave that’s coming at us with a strong current, this is an incredible top flight weekend to behold with plenty of potential pro talent waiting in the wings.
We’re on air at 6:30pm on Fox Sports 1380 / FM 95.3. The Tips are two points ahead of Portland for first place in the U.S. Division.
AUDIO STREAM: Radio (1380 AM) / Tips App, too
ON THE BROADCAST: (pregame at 6:30pm)
- Pregame: Connor Dewar, Garrett Pilon, Dennis Williams
- 1st Intermission: Mirco Mueller (alumni throwback)
- 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 24-6-0-1 in the last 31 games and finished 10-2-0-0 in the month of December … they have won 18 of the last 21 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, is back with the Tips 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 leads the league in save percentage (.957), GAA (1.44), and is tied for the league lead in shutouts (5).
- HELPING HAND: Matt Fonteyne tied a Tips record for assists in a game (5) on Monday in a 6-5 win vs. Tri-City … the last to post the mark was Peter Mueller, 11/25/06 vs. Tri-City … Fonteyne has 18 multi point games this season and 17 points in the last 6 games.
- NOT STANDING PAT: Patrick Bajkov, the leading Tips scorer, had a career high 5 points on Jan. 7 vs Victoria … his 67 points in 46 games rank seventh in league scoring … he is 6 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 (85.1) … the Tips power play went 5-of-9 on Jan. 7 vs. Victoria, tying a franchise record for most power play goals in one game (5) … they are 12-of-25 in the last five games … Matt Fonteyne leads the Silvertips with 13 power play goals.
DID YOU KNOW?
Forward Garrett Pilon is the first player in Silvertips history to wear jersey #41 … defenseman Ondrej Vala is the first player in Silvertips history to wear jersey #42.
See you on the radio!