Stanley Cup Comebacks, Stacked Up


Just like that, like lightning, a snap of the fingers, a flip of a switch …


Have you ever seen anything like it?

First, have you been to a hockey game in San Jose?

On a normal occasion, the “Shark Tank” is loud. It’s virtually AC/DC concert loud. I’ve sat in the seats for a playoff game. I’ve witnessed them from their press box. My first time: 2005, game three of the first round, and serving as statistician in the booth for a Nashville Predators telecast. I took my headset off during the lineups and felt the place shake. Eight years ago, Dany Heatley scored on the first shift of game one of the first round against the Los Angeles Kings. From the auxiliary press box, I could’ve sworn the roof was going to cave in.

Now, take last night’s circumstances, nothing short of a miracle. I can only imagine what my friendly colleagues Randy Hahn, Dan Rusanowsky, and Jon Root felt – nothing short of goosebumps.

After helping put the kids to bed, I watched the entire third period and overtime from the comfort of the couch. For the next 90 minutes, I don’t remember blinking.

Was it the “greatest” comeback in Stanley Cup Playoff history?

Here’s the good company, with established history:

  • 1982: AKA, the “Miracle on Manchester.” The Los Angeles Kings rallied from down 5-0 in the third period to beat a juggernaut in its infancy, the Edmonton Oilers (Gretzky era), 6-5 in overtime at the Forum. The Kings finished 48 points behind Edmonton. The Oilers, at one point in the game,were laughing on the bench. The Kings beat the Oilers, 3-2 in the series. By pure game score margin, it’s the largest comeback in Stanley Cup Playoff history. To note: the “Team of the 80’s” Oilers went onto win five Cups in a seven-year span. They would be fine. This game/series was a growing pain.

This was also Game 3 of the first round.

  • 1997: The Oilers were on the right side of this one. Down 3-0 in the third period to the Dallas Stars in their first home playoff game in five years, they raced back with three goals in the final four minutes of regulation and tying the game in a span of only 1:56. Kelly Buchberger won it at 9:56 of overtime, and the Oilers eventually eliminated the Stars in seven games. On this particular evening, they became the first team in Stanley Cup Playoff history (the second happened in 2017: see below) to overcome a three-goal deficit in the final four minutes of regulation to win a game.

This was Game 3 of the first round.

The Blues – who possessed a murderer’s row group of Brett Hull, Pierre Turgeon, Al MacInnis, and Chris Pronger – ended up with a five minute major power play. They scored four goals on the five minute major and won, 4-3. I was in the seats for this one as a youngster, and the place turned pin-drop silent. The Blues went onto sweep the Kings in four games.

This was Game 3 of the first round.

  • 2001: Kings, again (trust me, this is pure coincidence). This time, it’s the “Frenzy on Figueroa.”They rallied down 3-0 against the juggernaut Detroit Red Wings with six minutes left in regulation, tied the game on a Bryan Smolinski extra attacker goal with less than a minute left in regulation, then won it on an Eric Belanger OT goal – that also included the tension of video review.

The Kings needed this one. If they lost, they would’ve trailed 3-1, with Game 5 looming in Detroit. The Kings won the series, 4-2 for their first series victory since Gretzky was there in ’93 (note: I remember witnessing this from press box – Staples Center was as loud as an aircraft carrier).

This was Game 4 of the first round.

This was Game 3 of the first round.

This was Game 5 of the second round.

  • Last night: The Sharks were almost dead in the water, going down 3-0 on Max Pacioretty’s early third period goal. Admit: at that point, how many of you were tempted to turn the TV off? Then, “the penalty.”

Cody Eakin – who already had a goal upheld with video review for a potential high stick – became entangled with Sharks captain Joe Pavelski after an end-zone face-off. Pavelski violently fell to the ice and began to bleed. When the team doctors are rushed onto the ice – you know it’s serious. After much deliberation– and, this is where it turns into a raging debate even to this hour– Eakin was given a five-minute major for cross-checking and a game misconduct.

This to me felt like 1998, Blues vs. Kings all over again.

The Sharks stormed to life, urged by veteran Joe Thornton to “get out and score three (expletive) goals right now,”and scored just six seconds into the major. I felt it at that point. They completely stormed back to tie it just 3:40 into the major power play, and miraculously took the lead, 4-3 on Kevin LaBanc’s blast with 6:39 left in regulation.

Amazingly, a total of 52 seconds still remained on the power play.Amazingly over six minutes remained where anything could happen.

Another plot twist, indeed, happened. Vegas pulled Marc-Andre Fleury for an extra skater. Down to their last breath, Jonathan Marchessault tied the game with 47 seconds left. At that point, if you were left to just slam your keys on the smartphone or keyboard, it would’ve made total sense.

Then, with 1:41 left in overtime, Barclay Goodrow beat Brayden McNabb with speed and slipped a forehand deke past Fleury to shock the world.

The Sharks came back down 3-1 in the series to win this mind-boggling, jaw-dropping finish.

This was Game 7 of the first round. I repeat, this was GAME 7 of the first round.

Others you might remember/heard of:

  • 2018: we had to bring up the WHL for this exact reason. Game 6, Kevin Davis, OT winner, Conference championship. The Tips were down 5-2 in the third period at Tri-City. They erased it in the blink of an eye and nearly won it too, late in regulation. It remains, arguably, the greatest goal in Tips history.
  • 2013: if you follow deep into the minor pro and ECHL ranks, this one’s for you. The Stockton Thunder (now, Stockton Heat of the AHL) trailed the Las Vegas Wranglers in the third period, 3-0 in Game 6 at Stockton Arena. They were over 15 minutes away from doom. The Thunder ripped off five unanswered goals (ex-Prince George Cougar Daniel Gibb scored the eventual winner with 3:20 left) to win 5-3, and knock out the Wranglers in seven games en route to the Western Conference title. The first eight years of my career behind the mic were in Stockton, a place with many fond memories. This is one of them.
  • 1985: the Minnesota North Stars (led by eventual Tips head coach and North Stars captain Craig Hartsburg) rallied from down 4-0 in Game 5 to beat the Chicago Blackhawks, 5-4 at Chicago Stadium. Chicago recovered though, winning the second round, 4-2.
  • 1971: Some will say it’s the greatest comeback in Montreal Canadiens playoff history (and they’ve won an NHL record 26 Cups – that’s saying something). Montreal finished 24 points behind their series opponent, Boston (who had Bobby Orr and Phil Esposito) in the regular season. The Bruins built a 5-1 lead Game 2 in the second period and appeared to be running away with it. The Canadiens stormed back to win 7-5. Montreal won the first round series in seven games.

Last night’s affair in San Jose happened with two seasons on the line, Game 7, with multiple, wild plot twists in the third period. I don’t know if I’ve ever seen anything like it, and I’m not sure I will ever again.

But then again, that’s hockey, and that’s live sports.

Who knows?

Award winning broadcaster Mike Benton is in his fourth season as radio play-by-play voice of the Everett Silvertips of the Western Hockey League, and 14th in the game.  Tweet at him here.



In lieu of “take me through it,” which appears every Wednesday, “Road Tippin'” makes its annual return for the next week and a half. In case you’re new to the concept, it’s a long-running tradition by Silvertips play-by-play voices designed to bring the Silvertips road trips to the Eastern Conference to life.

Sometimes people don’t want to watch a video or are in too noisy of a setting to put on earbuds and hear us talk about it. Sometimes the written word will do just fine. This is one of those times.

Here’s what’s happened:

DISTANCE: 674 miles
DRIVE TIME: Approximately 15 hours (including stops) 

The alarm went off Tuesday morning, Oct. 16 at 2:45am. And 2:50am. And 3am. By that time, if I wasn’t out of bed, I fully gave my wife rights to punch me in the arm for two reasons: 1) because I was lazy getting out of bed, and 2) she’s up enough for our 10-month old son, Liam.

I had to get to the arena by 4am. Bus was to pull out at 5am. Mission accomplished. By this time, I’m so doped up on coffee that it’s impossible to fall asleep. There are a few items to handle on the laptop, and by 7:15am the caffeine wears off enough that crash-and-burn is unavoidable.

The Silvertips make 3 stops on the way, scripted: 1) crossing the Canadian border, 2) stop at Tim Hortons (you know you would too), and 3) brunch at a local diner – where the team has the option of a sit down restaurant, Taco Bell, or McDonald’s at 11am.

Fernie, BC is the next stop, where Boston’s Pizza awaits. Ask Dennis Williams: he’s a fan of the “Great White North.” But you can’t go wrong with any flavor of slice at Boston’s. There’s a pie called “The Meateor.” You can guess what kind of protein is on it. Delish.

Finally into Lethbridge, several of us among coaches and staff settle in for the riveting 13-inning Game 4 of the NLCS, won by the Dodgers on Cody Bellinger’s RBI single. We had a famous guest stop into say hello, if you’re familiar with the Sutter clan, while hanging out with nephew Riley.

Rich is good people.

Canalta CentreDAY 2: LETHBRIDGE, AB TO BRANDON, MB (stop in Medicine Hat, AB)
DISTANCE: 10 hours
DRIVE TIME: Approximately 9 hours 

Why waste time: 8:30am is the perfect time to jump back on the bus after a relaxing night’s sleep.

By the time we hit Medicine Hat at 10:45am, it’s the perfect time to shake off the legs and get a full skate in. At the same time, the league breaks news of the upcoming Canada Russia Series roster, and for the fourth straight year, the Tips will have their own on it – this time it’s Connor Dewar and Riley Sutter.

Me: “Connor, congratulations!”

Dewar (deadpan): “…. Thank you.”

(This is why he’s captain: little emotion invested in something that’s still several weeks away.)

We’ve only been in the door for 30 seconds when we’re approached by Mr. Bill Yuill, the owner and head of the Silvertips as CEO / Chairman of parent company, Consolidated Sports Holdings. It’s enough for a several hellos, including Williams, Dewar and Jake Christiansen, then back to the office for more of the work day.

I’ll always have a soft spot for Canalta Centre. Yes, as a 3+ year old building, it still has some “new car smell” that’s the direct antithesis of charm, storied, and nostalgic. I never set foot in Medicine Hat Arena. I’m aware of all the detailed stories surrounding it’s mystique, aura, and at times, intimidation factor. I still love Canalta Centre for it’s modernization, comfort, and amenities. It’s a new building that doesn’t feel “cookie cutter.” I’ve seen much worse, much more bland, much more vanilla.

We’re gone, off to dinner in Regina, SK, and back on the bus. Brandon, Manitoba is right around the corner. We’ll probably get in at 10pm (I’m still filing this on the bus). I need to workout. I’ve been challenged it may not happen tonight. I still have some fight left. We’ll see.

By the way, it’s assistant coach Louie Mass’ birthday. He’s 42 going on what seems 32 (and keeps in incredible shape — he owns an athletic training facility in Anchorage, Alaska).

DISTANCE: 0 miles (we’re here all day)
DRIVE TIME: Same as above 

Finally – a day where everyone can stretch out the legs. The drill is pretty simple and routine: breakfast, practice, meetings, study hall (for those under 18), dinner, unwind.

This brings us to Keystone Centre Westman Place Westoba Place, built in the 1970’s and on the golden years side of longevity and amenities. But ask some folks, not all hockey barns are designed to cater to modern, new, and freshly unwrapped.

This is the town where Brian Propp, Brad McCrimmon, Jordin Tootoo, Ray Ferraro, Ron Hextall, Brayden Schenn, Ivan Provorov, and Nolan Patrick honed their craft before jumping to the NHL. It drips history, heritage, and charm. Just walking through the concourse delivers a pretty special feeling.

Westoba Place is one of the few left over “old school barns,” and by that I mean even down to bench / penalty box logistics. Like Swift Current, the team benches are positioned opposite ends of the ice: while each respective team’s penalty boxes are located adjunct to their bench.

After dinner, guess who we bumped into: the man himself, Jordin Tootoo.

He’ll be honored before Friday’s game participating in a pre-game ceremony honoring his career in Brandon and a homecoming for him. Beginning in 2003-04 and leading up to his last journey recently through the NHL in 2016-17 with the Chicago Blackhawks, Tootoo was a pillar of strength whenever inserted into the lineup. He was fearless, strong, never met a check he didn’t like, and provided the necessary elements of grit that teams often talk about seeking. In other words, as I like to sometimes call  it, he was “nails.”

Up close, he’s engaging, warm, and articulate. We’ll have on Tootoo sprinkled throughout Friday night’s broadcast, where the Tips are aiming for their seventh win in eight games.

DISTANCE: 0 miles (we’re here all day)
DRIVE TIME: Same as above 

For a pretty routine day, the Silvertips prepared for the first game of the trip in a pretty routine fashion: breakfast, ice time, meetings, game.

They had a pretty big theatre to play with:

Jordin Tootoo carved a 13-year career on guts, aggression, and a kamikaze like approach mainly with the Nashville Predators. Before that, he spent his entire WHL career with the Brandon Wheat Kings, and picked the appropriate time/place to announce his retirement.

Click the link to read more on what he delivered for a career, and the touch he has with a community that will benefit from his humanitarian approach. Before the game, I took a seat in the second row of the press conference, just behind his wife, Jennifer and their two girls, Siena Rose and Avery Grace. What happened in that press conference is something that was so human and special, it almost made me break down.

At one point, Jordin paused to thank his family for being there and after his wife, he acknowledged his two girls:

Tootoo (smiling): “to my lovely daughter Siena Rose … hi Siena.”

Siena: “Hi Daddy!”

Tootoo: “I love you Siena.”

Siena “I love you too Daddy …. are you finished yet?”

Laughter in the room could be then heard all the way to Winnipeg. It brought the house down.

Tootoo said in our post-conference conversation that being a Dad is the “ultimate victory” (I have two young boys, Lukas and Liam – fully agreed). Most of his time will be spent with them for now. You could see the whites of his eyes just light up every time he discusses Siena and Avery, where their victories are like what winning feels like after 60 minutes on ice. What a touching moment, followed by the pre-game ceremonial face-off where a tribute video was followed by the Brandon crowd saluting Tootoo at center ice to Tina Turner’s “Simply The Best” (Tootoo is arguably the most popular Wheat King in franchise history).

Even more fitting: the Tips had Connor Dewar involved at the captain’s handshake / photo spot, in a place where Dewar played youth hockey, and had his father Jade there, and later scored a goal.

The Tips took a 5-2 defeat, and then moved on to the next one: Sunday at Regina after a day of rest.

DISTANCE: 225 miles
DRIVE TIME: 4 hours 

After breakfast, the Silvertips prepared for a day of travel with a team building exercise and 2.5 hour seminar, then prepared for the road to Regina – coincidentally a place they narrowly fell short by two wins on traveling to with hotel / playing conditions (Memorial Cup).

Last time here in 2016-17, the Tips – en route to the division title – beat a loaded Pats squad, 4-2. The return is under Sunday afternoon game conditions, giving the night for a relaxed team meal and walk back through a gorgeous downtown.

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That evening, there’s no work, no Tips game, so naturally where do I find myself?

It’s necessary homework: the Tips get the Pats tomorrow, it’s productive to get a look at Moose Jaw (who the Tips will see on Friday, Oct. 26), and there’s really no more engaging environment to handle broadcast homework.

DISTANCE: 0 miles (we’re here all day)

With a 4pm game: the goal is simple. Rest, eat, and prepare accordingly because it’s a condensed work environment.

With the Tips missing the nearly clean track-record Dewar to a four-game suspension, the focus shifts onto those who can fill the gaps. You could tell from the get-go that Sean Richards, an ex-Pat, was due for a big game – he just returned to the lineup after serving a five game suspension.

Richards wasted little time. As the Tips were aiming to answer Nick Henry’s power play goal in the first period, Richards danced into the slot after speeding into the zone from a neutral zone giveaway, and uncorked a shot, bar down, on Max Paddock. That set the tone for a five-unanswered goal Tips win over a Regina team that fell to 0-7 at home, a numerical result from a team that’s in a rebuilding mode after gunning for titles the last two seasons and serving as a Memorial Cup host.

I almost didn’t make the bus – or so it seemed. Brandt Centre is a multi-layered complex, so the bus has to pull into a side building where a large warehouse leads to the arena downhill ramp.

Waling out of Brandt Centre with my equipment, the expectations were to find the door leading to the warehouse. No such door was spotted after 20 minutes, where I began to feel as if time was of the essence before getting a text from someone ready to leave on the bus reading, “hey, bus is pulling out.”

As luck would have it: a Brandt Centre staffer led me into a back hallway that transitioned to the warehouse and loading ramp. Made it with time to spare. Happy days are here again.

DISTANCE: 160 miles
DRIVE TIME: 2.5 hours 

Getting into SaskTel Centre meant one sure-fire rendez-vous:

Bumping into this old friend.

Just a simple stop before the hotel to let hockey laundry dry out meant a quick 10 minute walk through the hallway, scoping the facility, and by chance – spotting the familiar smile and rich, baritone voice of the famed Tips alumnus and newly minted WHL head coach of Saskatoon.

There’s more of these coming possibly this week: Kohl Bauml and Carson Stadnyk currently are suiting up for the University of Saskatchewan.

DISTANCE: 88 miles
DRIVE TIME: 1.5 hours 

The benefit of staying in a hotel for a few days is simplicity. There’s less bags to pack, less moving around, and less moving parts. For the Everett Silvertips, their road game in Prince Albert means just a 1.5 hour bus trip into the small and cozy confines of Art Hauser Centre, the home of the Raiders.

It’s not a building you’ll mistake for Bell Centre in Montreal. With a capacity of just over 2,500, you can simply walk in the door and be at a distance from the glass that would cost you well over $100 for an NHL ticket. It’s a “barn,” in other words.

There’s a lot of pride for this barn, but also dripping with history. Banners from the rafters tell the story of when Mike Modano and Dave Manson suited up for the Raiders before they went onto lengthy-to-superstar careers in the NHL.

I won’t get any closer than this view in my life, unless there’s an assignment to wear a headset in the penalty box.

The Tips lost a game to Prince Albert, 3-0 (and to the top ranked team in the CHL Top 10) in a game that was closer than the score indicated. Prince Albert comes at you relentlessly every shift. Brett Leason, traded from Tri-City for a draft pick, reportedly dropped 10 pounds in the offseason and elevated his skill development to become a 6-foot-4 draft eligible behemoth who can toe-drag out of a phone booth. He’s good.

The Tips fell short on three consecutive power plays in the second period, with the game scoreless and kept it 1-0 as deep as three minutes left in regulation. Chalk that one up for an “almost,” and for the night, they tried to walk away with many positives.

DAY 9: SASKATOON, SK (here all day)
DISTANCE: 0 miles

Right back to home base where bags were dropped off at SaskTel Centre after the Prince Albert game, and then time to settle in for as much sleep as possible for Wednesday’s battle against Mitch Love’s Blades.

I don’t mind SaskTel Centre. The building continues to age, but the gondola brings a tremendous view of the action (similar to Calgary) with ice microphones that make the audio sound like we’re live with you, right on top of the glass. Banners of Howe, Federko, Wendel Clark, and more also tell a tremendous tale of WHL grads or Saskatoon natives who went onto greatness.

About Howe: he’s got a banner in the rafters, a statue outside of the building, a bridge named after him, and a complex going up in Saskatoon. “Legend” to describe a hometown guy doesn’t seem to begin to cover it.

The Tips spoke of positives before the game. They were close the previous night in Prince Albert. They generated several high grade scoring chances that could have turned the game around in a different manner.

And heading into the game at Saskatoon, they felt good.

The scoreboard showed. After the routine game day preparations, the Tips came out with a 1-0 lead after the first period while Dustin Wolf – who looked sharp the previous night in Prince Albert – was even better with no goals allowed through 40 minutes. The Tips smothered Kirby Dach, a consensus first round NHL draft pick this next June.

Dawson Butt came an assist short of a Gordie Howe Hat Trick and put up a key third period goal that steepened the chase for Saskatoon and put the Tips up, 2-0. By the end of the evening, Wolf had his 5th career shutout and dipped his goals against under two per game.

Back to the hotel for the late post-game meal, and to bed.

DAY 10: SASKATOON, SK (here all day)
DISTANCE: 0 miles

Off day. There’s four games in five days the Tips are getting through, not to mention the back end of the East Division swing, so a day of rest means small ice time for a few players to shake off the cobwebs, eat, sleep, and take a brisk walk around town.

I’m a big Pita Pit fan. I haven’t had Pita Pit in a long time. That was a definite lunch stop. The necessary fuel provided enough for a 30-minute round trip walk, sprinkled in with a couple of errand stops at the Saskatoon mall along the way.

Riley Sutter celebrates his 19th birthday today. He’s got Dad (you all know Ron), Mom, and family in town. It’s obvious the hockey commitments for this week call for a strict regiment, but the off was enough for Sutter to get out for a quick bite to eat. He told me there was no birthday cake involved, and the blend of indulgence / discipline involved eggs, other protein, and carbs as well. He’s a Capitals prospect now. No jumping off the “deep end.” So when it comes to nutrition, it’s all about sticking to the plan.

One more team meal at an undisclosed place in downtown Saskatoon had a lovely selection of pasta and meat sauce, chicken alfredo, or tortellini and mushroom in a light cream sauce as well.

Walking out of the restaurant, I noticed a team of over 20 players who were unbelievably connected and engaged with each other. It’s a good sign with just two days left on the trip.

DISTANCE: 167 miles
DRIVE TIME: 2 hours, 50 minutes

We see the light at the end of the tunnel, and I hope it’s not a train. The end of the Silvertips odyssey is in sight, and by the end of this evening they will be sleeping in the final bed before going back home.

Onto Moose Jaw. Population: nearly 34,000 and the fourth largest city in Saskatchewan (larger: Prince Albert, Regina, and the largest… no shocker, Saskatoon). There’s no sense in staying overnight because the Tips have a road game a couple hours away after this one.

The visit is to Mosaic Place, my second of the WHL career. It seats nearly 5,000, so it’s not larger than life. But it’s the perfect size venue for the team and city demands. It replaced the Moose Jaw Civic Centre, aka the “Crushed Can.” And many stories about the archaic nature of the old building still flow.

Tips win in overtime, 2-1 on Wyatte Wylie’s 3-on-3 snipe. After a dinner stop at the Mad Greek (my favorite on the trip), it was onto Swift Current. Uneventful drive, except for the fact that Game 3 of the World Series was on full blast with several players tuned in.

The fact that Game 3 was the longest in World Series history, take into account of how much you can cover in seven hours: I walked into the press room for coffee an hour before puck drop, and up on the monitor was the pre-game introductions.

We were nestled in our hotel beds – in Swift Current – a good 20-30 minutes by the time Max Muncy hit his signature walk-off homer in the 18th inning.

DAY 12: SWIFT CURRENT (here all day, sort of)
DISTANCE: 0 miles

Ah yes, here we are again – the place where the Tips magical and deep playoff run ended two wins shy of the Ed Chynoweth Cup five months ago. No player on game day will admit that series loss fueled them for this rematch, but you can tell by the energy in warm-ups, this was a very special game with unique ambitions.

Even more so, for Connor Dewar. The Tips captain just finished a four-game suspension, eligible to come back for this one. Our conversation from a past radio show indicated he let the Finals loss stick around and fuel his summer training regimen.

Here we go.

From the start, Dewar seized the stage. It was incredible to watch it unfold from the booth. Just less than 3 minutes into the game: boom, shorthanded goal.

Dewar finished the night with a fat two-goal, two-assist effort, factoring in every Tips goal to earn payback in the regular season rematch, 4-1. They faced a Swift Current team completely remodeled after last year: many of those playing key roles in the WHL title had moved onto the pros or elsewhere. A few remain. But the atmosphere set the mood, and the Tips embraced the challenge.

Off and running, on the bus, by 11pm. No Dennis Williams or Ronan Seeley on the way back: both were headed to New Brunswick for Hockey Canada. They’re back Nov. 11.

Then, finally, after 4-5 hours of as much shuteye as possible and a quick breakfast stop in Idaho, the finish line.

The tally: 5-2 in seven games, nearly 3,000 miles, and a ton of memories in the books for the Silvertips.

You can’t complain about that kind of an experience.

Award winning broadcaster Mike Benton is in his fourth season as radio play-by-play voice of the Everett Silvertips of the Western Hockey League, and 14th in the game.  Tweet at him here.


Mid-Week Details, 10.10

As the Everett Silvertips prepare for another “three-in-three” (it’s a test of endurance, focus, and sleep patterns) this weekend, their 3-3-0-0 record has them currently fourth in the U.S. Division (tightly packed, mind you), but also just six games into a 68 game slate.

That’s hardly enough to judge a team for a week, let alone for a full season.

Remember where the Tips were towards Halloween, last season: 4-9-1-0. Remember where they finished: playing hockey into mid-May.

Here’s where we’re at, halfway to playing hockey again on Friday (after five days off again):

  • Dustin Wolf has played in every minute of Tips action this season. He’s currently sixth in the WHL with a 1.68 goals-against-average and ninth with a .932 save percentage. For the questions on filling the shoes of Carter Hart, he’s off to a great start. Blake Lyda, who was impressive early on last season as an AP call-up, is also waiting in the wings.
  • Defensively as a whole, the Tips are showing good numbers already: sixth in the WHL for goals against average (2.3) and lowest in the league for shots allowed (25.0). They’re fourth in penalty killing (86.2).
  • No questions on the buy-in of the Silvertips captain. Well, really, as if you needed to question the buy-in of Connor Dewar? He’s leading the Tips with seven points in six games, has goals in four of the last five games, but also gave a pretty assertive answer in his usually confident, direct, but grounded tone of voice, to the dangers of players paying attention to personal stats:


“It’s the disease of ‘me’. It takes away from the team. Whenever you’re [getting consumed by statistics] it’s not good for you or anything.”

             Dewar helped lead the Tips to the Western Conference title and then was drafted by Minnesota in the third round of the NHL Draft one month later. That quote was from last night on the Silvertips Hockey Show. I also asked him about the best player on the team, nobody is talking about:

“Bryce Kindopp. He does everything for us, everything so well. He doesn’t get a lot of credit.”

  • Did you know: Kindopp hit the 20-goal mark last season for the first time in his career, and was one of seven Silvertips who did so. As a 19-year old this season, the challenge is on to look for more. He earned his second goal in as many nights last Saturday, a breakaway against Portland that unfortunately showed up as the only goal for the Tips in a 4-1 defeat (a game that was actually closer than the score indicated due to a pair of Joachim Blichfeld empty netters.)

I asked Kindopp about the breakaway goal, easy to unpack (a simple steal near the neutral zone, take-off, and deke) but also with complex layers of how the mental and physical side react:

            “I don’t who it was, a defenseman or forward [it was forward Jake Gricius] was bringing it across the blueline and I was seeing myself ready to make a play and poke the puck. I think was lucky getting a breakaway. From there I just used my speed, saw an opening and shot it.”

Kindopp said it’s a play that unfolds, once he has the puck, resulting in a combo of movements that develop form plenty of skill-building the Tips find useful at the end of practice. It adds to the arsenal.

  • Sean Richards update: in case you don’t see #15 in the next week and a half, he’s missing in action. The checking to the head penalty he was given (five minutes + game) at 14:02 of the third period last Friday resulted in a five-game suspension. He retroactively served his first game on Saturday vs. Portland, and is eligible to return during the six-game eastern swing, Oct. 21 at Regina.




  • Friday at 7pm (KKXA 1520 AM / 101.1 FM / Tips App)
  • Saturday at 6:30pm (KRKO 1380 AM / 95.3 FM / Tips App)
  • Sunday at 4:30pm (KRKO, same as above)


Award winning broadcaster Mike Benton is in his fourth season as radio play-by-play voice of the Everett Silvertips of the Western Hockey League, and 14th in the game.  Tweet at him here.

DAY 3 // Everything Coming Together

We’ve got a training camp champion, we’ve got more read on prospects, we’ve got stories.

5 takeaways from day 3:

  1. RUN AND GUN: Team Green cruised to an 8-1 victory in the bronze medal game at bright and early, 8:15am. Several contributors hit the scoreboard, which featured goals from the dazzling (Brayden Morrison) to the simple. Team Green was everywhere.
  2. DEWAR IN RED: You surprised the Tips captain was behind a 2-1 gold medal, Volunteer Cup win? Team Red, despite a series of masterful saves by Braden Holt, trailed 1-0 with goaltender Blake Lyda wheeling in the second half. Dylan Anderson knotted the game on a jaw-dropping, never-quit, highlight reel goal. It gets better. Connor Dewar, who reportedly said on the ice, “we’re not going to overtime, boys”, came through on his promise. He earned the winner on a snap shot off an end zone face-off and Team Red preserved the one goal victory. Not bad to start off the season as captain.
  3. MORE MORRISON: Brayden Morrison is a budding 16-year old prospect back for his second trip to Silvertips training camp, drafted in 2017. The NHL bloodlines are thick. His father, Brendan, was a star center for the Vancouver Canucks in the 2000’s, teaming with linemates Markus Naslund and Todd Bertuzzi to form the “West Coast Express.” Both are in camp with the Silvertips – Brayden as a player, Brendan as a coach. The latter has another connection: Brendan played in the BCHL for Tips GM Garry Davidson. So yes, we have a full interview and feature coming later: everything from Brayden’s time on ice with the Washington Capitals as a youngster, watching Alex Ovechkin, to Brendan’s hilarious ode to Naslund and Bertuzzi.
  4. ROOKIE GAME RUNAWAY: So how about the Stanick twins? Brothers Sloan (Tips draft pick in 2018) and Slade (camp invitee) were a part of a show-stealing effort in Team White’s 6-3 victory. The more the game progressed, the more they were confident with the puck. They took advantage of gaps. They got into prime scoring areas. They had an ear-to-ear grin after the game – it’ll be one they won’t forget for a long time.
  5. HOLT(ING) THE FORT DOWN: Get to know Braden Holt, taken by the Tips in the 2018 Draft, in this conversation below. He looked incredibly sharp in camp. As a U.S.-born goaltender, he’s jumped around with family from Montana, to Colorado, and Michigan to reach the next level. He’s as well spoken as Mom and Dad. Nothing got by him (13 saves) in his Rookie Game appearance. He spoke more below, before heading out to dinner in downtown Everett with family:


Green vs. Grey Game on Sunday: 1:30pm.

CAMP ENTRY // Day 2, Speeding to This Day

Day 2 of Everett Silvertips training camp is no different: the first day of “school” is out of the way, the pleasantries are in the past, and everyone is down to business from the first drop of the puck not to far away from dawn.

By dusk, everyone has a better indication of who’s made their big push for a roster spot, and what teams we’ll see in a competitive environment.

Two games have turned into four, and we’re set for a Volunteer Cup showdown (given to the scrimmage champion) and Rookie Game at 4:45.

Here are five things from the day:

  1. IMPORTED, GOOD (TO GO): Peter Melcher suited up for the first day of training camp on Friday, amazingly after getting off the plane on Thursday following 48 hours of straight travel from Europe. He is amazingly fluent in English too, previously taking a course last season. He’s now trilingual, and fluent in Czech, English, and Russian.
  2. THE OTHER ONE?: That would be Martin Fasko-Rudas, you all know about him, and he’ll get into downtown Everett on Saturday.
  3. BRYCE YOURSELVES: Bryce Kindopp had a hat trick in one scrimmage game on Friday, and by the time I was able to get along the glass for a taste of Team Red’s scrimmage in the morning, 10 seconds later he popped in a Connor Dewar centering pass from the mid slot.
  4. WALKER WEIGHS IN, WEIGHS DOWN: Kyle Walker is one of many Tips who committed to a rigid workout program in the offseason, and the result is a more lean and trim defenseman who dropped 15 pounds since clean-out day, a little over three months ago. Walker attributed the achievement to a restrictive diet, limiting the amount of grain carbohydrates (read: bread, spaghetti, other traditional pasta) for his daily intake and loading up on proteins, vegetables, and fruit.
  5. THE CAPTAIN WEIGHS IN: Connor Dewar (with another year to go after a 38-goal campaign and NHL Draft selection in Minnesota) sat down after day two.


See you in the seats for day 3. Rookie Game at 4:45pm.

CAMP ENTRY // Day 1, Speeding to This Day

DAY 1 – ANGEL OF THE WINDS ARENA (Thursday, Aug. 23) 

Well, did we all have a good offseason?

It was short, needless to say.

So short, it was the shortest in franchise history.

Since the Silvertips – entering this season as defending Western Conference champions – left for the calmer pastures of summer following the WHL Championship Series, to the point of getting back on ice, the short summer lasted a little under a minuscule 100 days. That’s a compact amount of time, say, if you’re Connor Dewar, Riley Sutter, Wyatte Wylie, or other Silvertips going through the NHL development camp process, competing in summer tournaments, or working to bulk up or get faster.

Hey, there’s not a lot of time to get bored.

For Silvertips fans, the short offseason is something of a treat. Hockey is back in the blink of an eye.

For day one of camp, here are five things from Thursday:

  1. What’s new: A.O.T.W. Arena and Silvertips home ice got a slight makeover during the offseason. A brand new, “NHL style” plexiglass system has been installed, accompanied by necessary dasherboard upgrades. The Silvertips (like several other teams) have long used tempered “seamless” glass for years – mainly along the side boards with more flexible plexiglass behind the net (where a majority of thunderous checks occur), but the current system in place strikes more of a balance to accommodate player safety, and maintain optimal sightlines for fans in the first few rows. The new system includes a curved “turnbuckle” beside the players bench, first introduced by the Vancouver Canucks seven years ago and later mandated for every NHL venue. It’s now standard across the WHL starting this season.

    2. Dipping the toe in the water: Thursday introduced four games on the Silvertips training camp schedule, continuing Friday until a “scrimmage champion” is crowned by late Saturday afternoon in the Volunteer Cup. Team Blue rocketed out to a 5-0 victory in the early game, and the Red squad edge Team Grey, 4-2 by the end of the early afternoon game (of note: Dawson Butt, Riley Sutter, Jameson Murray, and Jake Christiansen each scored of the returning players), with promising 16-year old defenseman Dylan Anderson bagging a goal along with brother Carter. It’s premature to make conclusions on any prospect through Day 1, but the always insightful Nick Patterson offers a more concentrated look from The Herald.

(Of note, among the new faces – but with a familiar name – is overage defenseman Sahvan Khaira. Built like a tank at 6-foot-4 and 220 pounds, and not too far off from brother Jujhar, Sahvan was on the other side only 3 months ago with Swift Current, battling the Silvertips for the Ed Chynoweth Cup. I asked Sahvan tongue in cheek, “but let’s be real, it isn’t that funny, is it?” He returned the reply with a slight grin, “no, no not at all.” The Khaira only live hours away in B.C., which means possibly more of their warm visits soon.)

3. Chat of the day: Riley Sutter, three months removed from WHL Championship Series experience and two months removed from the draft as a new Washington Capitals prospect. He entered last season fresh off a summer of rigid skating drills, and went right back to the well again this past offseason. His summer was a “whirlwind.” More below.

4. Guest coaches: A chance to give additional hockey minds of Silvertips hockey operations a chance to lead the way behind the bench, several Silvertips scouts and even a pair of NHL alumni are gracing the bench. Brendan Morrison, among many teams a famous Vancouver Canucks alumnus (remember the Naslund/Bertuzzi years?), is behind the bench for Team Red, while Pacific Northwest native Turner Stevenson (a Stanley Cup winner with New Jersey in 2003) is behind the bench for Team Blue and also smoothly runs the Silvertips Elite and U16 programs during the winter months. Amazingly, their careers overlapped and both involved the Devils, but they were never teammates.

5. Arena information: As a reminder, all scrimmages, including Saturday’s Rookie Game and Sunday’s Green vs. Grey Game are free. Doors will open 15 minutes before each scrimmage, and 45 minutes before the Rookie Game and the Sunday 1:30pm finale. A.O.T.W. Arena will offer Team Store accessibility for those in attendance looking for a shopping trip, while general admission seating is available in the lower bowl behind the team benches.

As I maneuver around from spot to spot, I hope to bump into you.

Award winning broadcaster Mike Benton is in his fourth season as radio play-by-play voice of the Everett Silvertips of the Western Hockey League, and 14th in the game.  Tweet at him here.

SEASON WRAP-UP: Simply Unforgettable.

Nobody wanted this unforgettable season to end.

All you need to know about the Everett Silvertips, their commitment, and their passion:

On the plane ride up to Swift Current for Game 1 of the Rogers WHL Championship Series, the Silvertips boarded a charter aircraft containing a 105-seat, 21-row set up. There’s plenty of space to spread out.

By the middle of the flight, all players voluntarily congested toward the middle rows, playing cards and just enjoying the sheer element of brotherhood.

Then at the end of Game 6, while the Silvertips slowly decompressed out of the 22-game postseason, there were players sitting in the stalls refusing to take off their gear.

One instance: as long as 45 minutes.

Let that sink in, and understand how it’s completely symbolic of a team that willed its way out of a 4-9-1 hole before Halloween and soared to the U.S. Division title, Western Conference, two wins away from the Ed Chynoweth Cup, and were sill playing hockey into the middle of May.

These Silvertips, indeed, were something special. Their exploits will live forever in the memory banks.

Among the highlights:

  • The Comeback in Kennewick:it was like 2004 in Kelowna, Game 7 in overtime, all over again. It was Jeff Schmidt back then. This time, it took six games for the Tips to reach the Western Conference title, but still answered the bell in overtime to author, to date, arguably the greatest win in Silvertips history. It was eventually Kevin Davis’ turn. Down 5-2 in the third period against the host Tri-City Americans, with time running thin, the Silvertips refused to wilt and sparked the legendary rally on a Connor Dewar goal at 9:52.

Then after Davis blasted a one-timer by Patrick Dea for a 5-4 deficit with 6:07 left, it was “go time.” On the very next shift, Garrett Pilon willed his way to the net and muscled the tying goal through Dea’s five hole to cap off a three-goal comeback in 4:37.

The Tips almost put it away in the last two minutes of regulation and nearly won it in the first two shifts of overtime. Then, on a power play, Davis uncorked a one timer from the high slot which shot the Tips to the Western Conference championship, and spilling off their bench into a playground of emotion along the Toyota Center ice surface. Cap it off with the return to downtown Everett at 3am, before a hoard of Tips fans fully decked out in team apparel in the middle of the night, and it’s a night we’ll never forget.

(Side note: stick tap, Tips voice alumnus Keith Gerhart. Now, I know exactly how it felt in ’04.)

  • Smashing records all over the place: This was the obvious promise to results path of the Dennis Williams effect, and it didn’t take long to connect with the Silvertips. They had four 30-goal scorers and seven different 20-goal scorers for the first time in franchise history. They scored a franchise record 246 goals in the regular season. They were third with a shade less than four goals per game in the playoffs. Connor Dewar became the youngest Silvertip to hit 38 goals (which led the team this year) for a season, while he, Riley Sutter, and Wyatte Wylie reached NHL Central Scouting’s final rankings for the upcoming draft. Williams, a career .673 win percentage as a coach in seven seasons before taking the Tips reins, set a new record for most wins by a first year Silvertips head coach (47) and was named Western Conference Coach of the Year. Mitch Love’s defensemen didn’t skip a beat: they helped the Silvertips lead the WHL in fewest goals allowed per game in for the third straight season, while ranking fifth or better in the last five consecutive seasons.


Patrick Bajkov became the Silvertips all-time leader in points, goals, and the first Silvertip to produce 100 points in a season.

Carter Hart, the first in Silvertips history to earn the Four Broncos Memorial Trophy (WHL Player of the Year), carried out Ron Hextall’s challenge to be “the best player at the major junior level regardless of position.”

  • Growth and coming of age: There may not be a trio like Kevin Davis, Matt Fonteyne, and Bajkov for a long time. Enjoy the fact you got to watch them play hockey together at an unparalleled level of durability. They all finished their Silvertips and WHL careers combining for over 1,100 games, and are now top three, all-time (led by Davis) in Silvertips career games played.

Bajkov turned his storybook season into an open door for the future, signing a well-deserved three-year, entry level contract with the Florida Panthers.

Fonteyne turned his career best season into an open door for the future, and still retains a fork in the road. His American Hockey League contract with the San Jose Sharks affiliate, the Barracuda (who play in the same building at SAP Center), allows him to explore the opportunities at a high level. Since his contract is an AHL pact (instead of the NHL), Fonteyne is allowed to retain the right to attend school at the university level after next season and pursue a formal degree.

Garrett Pilon (Washington Capitals) and Ondrej Vala (Dallas Stars) came as advertised following the whopping trade shortly before the deadline with Kamloops. They’re eligible to turn pro next season, which would be their overage year. If this is it, they left an undeniable impression at how much their value impacted the Silvertips down the stretch.

PILON BEFORE TRADE: 44 points in 39 games, +5

PILON AFTER TRADE:  36 points in 30 games, +17

VALA BEFORE TRADE: 20 points in 31 games, +3

VALA AFTER TRADE: 8 points in 28 games, +14

Pretty much, Pilon produced at the same exact rate from his time as a top line forward with the Blazers, to one of many high impact players the Silvertips had at their disposal. He was also the leading Silvertips scorer in the playoffs with 28 points in 22 games. While Vala’s offensive numbers were reduced in the regular season, the bulky and rangy 6-foot-4 defenseman’s plus minus spiked by 11 after joining the Tips, and he had 11 points in just 22 playoff games, while ranking tied for third in WHL Playoffs plus-minus (+11).

As for Hart? This is a bonafide legacy. Should this be it for him, he exits as the Silvertips all-time leader in goaltending wins (116) and shutouts (26) – the latter tied the WHL all-time record. Not just as the first Silvertip to win the Four Broncos Memorial Trophy, he also became the first back-to-back-to-back winner of the Del Wilson Memorial Trophy (WHL Goaltender of the Year) in WHL history. This is a league that once had Carey Price, Braden Holtby, Chris Osgood, Devan Dubnyk, Martin Jones, Cam Ward, Mike Vernon, and Grant Fuhr pass through. Let that sink in.

  • Success at the box office: Non-hockey (on ice) topic, but essential for the experience. The Tips had their biggest regular season draw at the gate in six seasons, and were third in WHL Playoffs attendance. Games against the Seattle Thunderbirds, stretch drive season opponents, special events (i.e. Pink The Rink) and critical or elimination playoff games (i.e. Game 5) either sold out or came close to sellouts at the 8,149-seat downtown Everett venue, which still shines like a diamond on the corner of Hewitt and Broadway.

There are people in this line of work, from other cities, who routinely visit and still remark, “it’s as good, if not better than some buildings in the American Hockey League.”

But far and away, those who fill the seats make are critical to keep that atmosphere alive. And they packed it out.

The one thing I learned as I took this job three years ago, 2004 is forever, and to this day the cast of characters from that team remain living legends around here.

Now, the legends talk have two of a kind. For a 2004, there’s a 2018. For a Jeff Schmidt, there’s a Kevin Davis. For a Kelowna, there’s a Tri-City.

For one great memory logged in history, we gained a new great memory to file away.

I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did.

Award winning broadcaster Mike Benton has served three seasons as radio play-by-play voice of the Everett Silvertips of the Western Hockey League, and 13th in the game.  Tweet at him here.

BROADCAST NOTES: Tips at Victoria (3/17)

Simple stuff for the Everett Silvertips tonight: win or force OT/SO, they’re a division champ again.

Lose in regulation? They’ll need help (Portland is at Seattle, and if Portland loses, that’ll take care of the job too).

Last night for the 20’s in regular season play, combining for over 1,000 WHL and Tips games. Fittingly, Patrick Bajkov’s regular season curtain call comes 90 minutes away from his hometown of Nanaimo, BC.

Talk with you at 6:30pm.

AUDIO STREAMRadio (1380 AM) / Tips App, too

ON THE BROADCAST: (pregame at 6:30 pm from Victoria) 

  • Pregame: Bajkov, Matt Fonteyne, Dennis Williams
  • 1st Intermission: Salute to the 20’s
  • 2nd Intermission: Tips Talk



The Silvertips have a magic number of 1 to clinch the U.S. Division title and top record in the Western Conference … they can clinch both tonight if:

  • The Tips win (or)
  • Portland loses (or)
  • The Tips lose in overtime or a shootout.

The Silvertips hold a four-point lead for first place in the Western Conference and U.S. Division with 1 game to play.

The Silvertips have clinched a playoff berth for the 15th straight season, the longest current streak in the WHL and home ice advantage in the opening round.

IF THE PLAYOFFS BEGAN TODAY: The Silvertips would face the Seattle Thunderbirds in the first round.



  • THANK YOU 20’S: Tonight is the final regular season game in the careers of Silvertips forwards Patrick Bajkov, Matt Fonteyne, and defenseman Kevin Davis … all are the top three leaders for games played in Silvertips history, combining to suit up in 1,026 WHL games, all with the Silvertips.
  • TORRID TIPS: The Tips have won 36 of the last 46 games … Matt Fonteyne and Patrick Bajkov each have eight points in 7 games to lead the Tips for scoring in March … the Silvertips 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 is the Tips all-time leader in goals, points, and is tied (Zach Hamill) for #1 in assists.
  • HART OF THE MATTER: 19-year old Carter Hart, three-time reigning Silvertips MVP and back-to-back WHL Goaltender of the Year, leads the WHL in both goals-against-average (1.60), save percentage (.947) and shutouts (7) … he is in his in his 4th season with the Silvertips, the franchise leader in wins (115).
  • SPECIAL DELIVERIES: The Tips penalty kill is 1st in the WHL (84.3) … 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-38 in the last nine games … Matt Fonteyne leads the Tips with 16 power play goals.

See you on the radio.

BROADCAST NOTES: Tips at Tri-City (3/13)

Hello from Kennewick.

The Everett Silvertips have a simple objective in pursuit of the top seed in the Western Conference and the franchise’s 6th U.S. Division title in 15 years:

Just 3 more points.

That’s the magic number to get it done. It requires any combination of points gained by the Silvertips within this last week, or points lost by the closest team to them in the standings (in this case, Portland). The Silvertips had a chance to knock the last three points out Sunday, since it was a “four-point swing” game against Portland.

They’ll have to wait, since Portland doesn’t play again until Friday. But two more points against tonight Tri-City puts them on the threshold. Once this clears up, we’ll have a better indication on playoff dates to be announced by the Tips, who are also guaranteed home ice advantage in the opening round.

UPDATES: No Ondrej Vala, who will serve the final game of his two-game suspension tonight for a cross-check against Zack Andrusiak in Kent last Saturday. It required the Silvertips to shuffle their core of defensemen, and push blossoming defenseman Gianni Fairbrother back into key minutes where he was temporarily paired with Wyatte Wylie.

THE TIPS: have just three regulation losses since Jan. 31, and are 22-11-2-2 against the U.S. Division. Tonight is their final divisional game of the regular season, and will face Victoria for the final two games on Friday and Saturday.

THE AMERICANS: are playing pretty good hockey too, lately. They’ve won three in a row to nearly pull away from Seattle for the first wild card spot (five points up with three games left).

This will be strength vs. strength in special teams: the Tips are 1st in the league on the penalty kill (84.3), and the Americans are tied for fifth (25.3).


AUDIO STREAMRadio (1380 AM) / Tips App, too

ON THE BROADCAST: (pregame at 6:30 pm from Toyota Center) 

  • Pregame: Bryce Kindopp, Dennis Williams
  • 1st Intermission: Matt Fonteyne
  • 2nd Intermission: Tips Talk

The Silvertips have a magic number of 3 to clinch the U.S. Division title.

  • The Silvertips hold a four-point lead for first place in the Western Conference and U.S. Division with 3 games to play
  • The Silvertips have clinched a playoff berth for the 15th straight season, the longest current streak in the WHL and home ice advantage in the opening round.

IF THE PLAYOFFS BEGAN TODAY: The Silvertips would face the Seattle Thunderbirds in the first round.

LAST GAME (POR 2 – EVT 0 / 3-11-18): Cole Kehler made 28 saves while Cody Glass furnished a pair of assists to help the Portland Winterhawks hold off the Everett Silvertips, 2-0 before 8,263 fans at Moda Center on Sunday in WHL action. The Silvertips, who had their eight game road win streak (franchise record) snapped with just their third loss in regulation since Jan. 31, poured on 28 shots but came up short on five power play opportunities. Carter Hart kept the Silvertips in the game with a 29 save effort.


  • TORRID TIPS: The Tips are 41-9-1-3 in the last 57 games and finished 9-1-1-1 in February… they have won 35 of the last 44 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 … he is a goal or assist away from setting the new Tips single season points record (94).
  • RIPPING IT ON THE ROAD: The Silvertips won eight straight games on the road ending Mar. 11, setting a new franchise record on Mar. 10 at Seattle (3-2 win).
  • AGAINST THE U.S. DIVISION: The Tips are 22-11-0-1 against opponents from the U.S. Division … tonight’s game is their final matchup against an opponent from the U.S. Division.
  • SPECIAL DELIVERIES: For special teams, the Tips penalty kill is 1st in the WHL (84.3) … 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 10-of-33 in the last eight games … Connor Dewar and Matt Fonteyne lead the Tips with 15 power play goals.


See you on the radio.