There are scintillating matchups, then there are scintillating matchups.
The Silvertips vs. the Swift Current Broncos represents a look at two teams only available in the regular season to Snohomish County on a bi-annual basis. The Broncos were last here in the Obama Administration. Their head coach, Mark Lamb, back then is now in the American Hockey League with the Tucson RoadRunners. Tips head coach Dennis Williams was running the show in Bloomington (USHL). Carter Hart, who blanked Swift Current on 23 saves, wasn’t drafted yet.
How things have changed: Hart’s older, stronger, and with a fatter resume (last night’s 25th career shutout put him one shy of the league record, held by Tyson Sexsmith). Manny Viveiros is now in charge of Swift Current. Williams is now in charge of a torrid Tips team that has six straight wins, is 13-of-29 recently on the power play, and has 61 goals in the last 12 games. Matt Fonteyne has 20 points in his last (*drumroll …*) 7 games.
Tips: 1st in the WHL, PK
SC: 1st in the WHL, PP
Both teams combined: .690 win percentage, and 13 players drafted by NHL teams, signed by NHL teams, or set to play in the CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game.
Last night was fun. Today has the possibility of more of the same.
AUDIO STREAM: Radio (1380 AM) / Tips App, too
ON THE BROADCAST: (pregame at 3:30pm)
- Pregame: Patrick Bajkov, Matt Fonteyne
- 1st Intermission: Shane Clifford (Tips goalie coach)
- 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 25-6-0-1 in the last 32 games and finished 10-2-0-0 in the month of December … they have won 19 of the last 22 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 (.958), GAA (1.37), and leads the league in shutouts (6).
- 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 19 multi point games this season and 20 points in the last 7 games.
- NOT STANDING PAT: Patrick Bajkov, the leading Tips scorer, had a career high 5 points on Jan. 7 vs Victoria … his 70 points in 47 games rank seventh in league scoring … he is 4 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 (85.2) … 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 13-of-29 in the last six games … Matt Fonteyne leads the Silvertips with 13 power play goals (T-4, WHL).
ON THIS DATE
JANUARY 21, 2012: Kohl Bauml had his first hat trick as a Silvertip and 35th in franchise history … the Tips defeated the Seattle Thunderbirds, 5-4 in overtime in downtown Everett … Bauml won the game on his hat trick goal at 3:21 of overtime … Josh Birkholz tied the game at 19:14 of the third period
See you on the radio.