Tonight is the 9th of 10 meetings between the Silvertips and Seattle Thunderbirds, before a confirmed sellout crowd in downtown Everett.
Based on the outrageous ticket sales numbers from this week with the NHL and Seattle’s OVG group, the game has had a pretty good week.
The Tips hold a slim lead in the series for points, 10-9. A win in regulation tonight guarantees a season series victory.
And, if the playoffs began today: this would be the Tips 1st round matchup. Drink that one in.
AUDIO STREAM: Radio (1380 AM) / Tips App, too
ON THE BROADCAST: (pregame at 6:30 pm)
- Pregame: Patrick Bajkov (reflecting in goal #108) Dennis Williams
- 1st Intermission: Sean Joyce, U.S. Navy
- 2nd Intermission: Tips Talk
The Silvertips hold a seven point lead for first place in the Western Conference.
The Silvertips hold an eight point lead for first place in the U.S. Division.
The Silvertips have 7 games to play.
The Silvertips have clinched a playoff berth for the 15th straight season, the longest current streak in the WHL.
The Silvertips have a magic number of 9 to clinch home ice advantage in the opening round of the playoffs and a magic number of 11 to clinch the U.S. Division title.
NEXT THREE GAMES (all times PT)
DATE OPPONENT TIME SITE RADIO
3/4/18 @ Vancouver 2:05pm Langley Events Centre KRKO 1380 AM & 95.3 FM/Tips App
3/10/18 @ Seattle 7:00pm ShoWare Center KRKO 1380 AM & 95.3 FM/Tips App
3/11/18 @ Portland 5:00pm Moda Center KRKO 1380 AM & 95.3 FM/Tips App
LAST GAME (EVT 4 – KEL 2 / 3-2-18): Connor Dewar broke a late 2-2 tie with back to back goals and Patrick Bajkov became the all-time leading goal scorer in franchise history to help rally the Everett Silvertips to a 4-2 victory over the Kelowna Rockets before 5,778 fans in downtown Everett, in WHL action on Friday. The Silvertips swept Kelowna (4-0-0-0) for the first time in franchise history. Bajkov, tying the game with his 29th goal of the year at 11:39 of the third period, scored the 108th goal in his Silvertips career to become the all-time leader. Garrett Pilon, playing in the 200th game of his career, earned a pair of assists.
TOP 5 TIPS TIDBITS
- TORRID TIPS: The Tips are 38-8-1-3 in the last 50 games and finished 9-1-1-1 in February… they have won 33 of the last 40 games … Garrett Pilon led the Silvertips with 15 points in 12 games during February … they have 4 games of scoring 8 goals or more.
- NOT STANDING PAT: Patrick Bajkov, the leading Tips scorer, set the new Silvertips all-time scoring record with 264 points on Feb. 2, when he surpassed Zach Hamill with a first period power play goal … has twice tied his career high of 5 points … he reached the Silvertips all-time goal scoring record (108) with a goal vs. Kelowna on Mar. 2.
- THIS IS 40: Did you know? The Silvertips have surpassed the 40-win mark for the sixth time in franchise history, and third time in the last four years.
- AGAINST THE U.S. DIVISION: The Tips are 20-10-2-2 against opponents from the U.S. Division … their next divisional matchup is Saturday, Mar. 10 at Seattle and finish with three of the last five games against their division.
- SPECIAL DELIVERIES: For the Silvertips special teams, the penalty kill is 1st in the WHL (84.5) … 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 6-of-18 in the last six games … Matt Fonteyne and Connor Dewar lead the Tips with 14 power play goals.