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.

 

 

COVERAGE:

  • 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.

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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.

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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

 

PLAYOFF SCENARIO:

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.

 

TOP 5 TIPS TIDBITS

  • 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

PLAYOFF SCENARIO:
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.

TOP 5 TIPS TIDBITS

  • 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.

BROADCAST NOTES: Tips at Portland (3/11)


Woke up like this. There have been worse road wake-up visuals.

The picture for the Silvertips postseason is also getting much more clear. They’ve already clinched a berth and home ice advantage in the first round.

Tonight: if they win at Portland, they clinch their 6th U.S. Division title and back-to-back top Conference record honors. The magic number is 3 points to get it done, and tonight is a “4-point swing” game.

Not to mention: Patrick Bajkov needs just one more goal and an assist to break another Tips record: single season for points.

Quick turnaround even with the “spring forward” thing: naps and coffee are today’s friend. See you on the radio and the drops in #RipCity at 5:00pm.

AUDIO STREAMRadio (1380 AM) / Tips App, too

ON THE BROADCAST: (pregame at 4:30 pm from Moda Center) 

  • Pregame: Matt Fonteyne, Dennis Williams
  • 1st Intermission: WHL This Week
  • 2nd Intermission: Tips Talk

 

PLAYOFF SCENARIO:

The Silvertips have a magic number of 3 (outright)  to clinch the U.S. Division title and can clinch the Division title today if they defeat the Winterhawks.

The Silvertips hold a six-point lead for first place in the Western Conference and U.S. Division with 4 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.

 

TOP 5 TIPS TIDBITS

  • TORRID TIPS: The Tips are 41-8-1-3 in the last 56 games and finished 9-1-1-1 in February… they have won 35 of the last 43 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 have won eight straight games on the road, setting a new franchise record on Mar. 10 at Seattle (3-2 win).
  • AGAINST THE U.S. DIVISION: The Tips are 22-10-0-1 against opponents from the U.S. Division … their next U.S. Division opponent is Tuesday at Tri-City (final matchup of the season).
  • SPECIAL DELIVERIES: For special teams, the Tips 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 10-of-28 in the last seven games … Connor Dewar and Matt Fonteyne lead the Tips with 15 power play goals.

 

Broadcast Notes: Tips at Vancouver (3/4)


Another quick turnaround with the final game of three in three ahead, and it’s the last of this regular season.

Then, the Silvertips get a breather: five days off, then back to play for Saturday in Kent, Washington.

The Tips are in search of their fifth win in six games for the season series. Vancouver locked up their playoff berth (first time since 13-14) last night in a one-goal win over Kamloops.

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ON THE BROADCAST: (pregame at 1:30 pm) 

  • Pregame: Connor Dewar, Dennis Williams
  • 1st Intermission: WHL This Week
  • 2nd Intermission: Tips Talk

 

PLAYOFF SCENARIO:

The Silvertips hold a seven point lead for first place in the Western Conference and U.S. Division.

The Silvertips have 6 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 7 to clinch home ice advantage in the opening round of the playoffs and a magic number of 9 to clinch the U.S. Division title.

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

 

 

TOP 5 TIPS TIDBITS

  • TORRID TIPS: The Tips are 39-8-1-3 in the last 51 games and finished 9-1-1-1 in February… they have won 34 of the last 41 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 B.C. DIVISION: The Tips are 16-2-0-1 against opponents from the B.C. Division … their next B.C. opponent is Mar. 16 vs. Victoria … the Silvertips have ten players on their roster from British Columbia.
  • SPECIAL DELIVERIES: For the Silvertips special teams, the penalty kill is 1st in the WHL (84.6) … 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 7-of-23 in the last seven games … Connor Dewar leads the Silvertips with 15 power play goals.

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