The Fun of “3-in-3,” and Family Calls.

Teeing this one up: we’ll be frank as possible. This weekend, the difficulty level just went up a notch.

Three games await the Silvertips, but three days are what’s required to get it done. Up to this point, the Tips had the luxury of competitive intervals lasting no more than two days in a row, just before a day, or two, or seven (in some instances) waited around the corner.

Now, it will be all about the typical ingredients we hear from the powers that be, directing the bodies and minds of talent in the game – pace, diet, fluids, rest in between.

FRIDAY: third meeting against the Rockets, and they’ll have more at their disposal (Chartier and Thurkauf are back from the WJC).  In spite of how tough it’s been to defeat Kelowna over the last four seasons, the Tips have won three in a row over their B.C. Division counterpart. Big miss for the Rockets: Jackson Whistle is on the shelf.

Of Carter Hart’s well deserved nod for the CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game, and homecomings, posted is a good read from Jesse Geleynse just before the boys hopped the bus for B.C., right here.

SATURDAY: Third meeting of the season against the Thunderbirds, and like the Kelowna matchup, the Silvertips have played to an amazing level for a pair of wins in the first two games. It took a lot of Carter Hart to get the first win done in October, but December’s win in Kent was intensified by the fact that the Tips were visiting their closest rival for the first time this season, and responded with an irrevocable attack for four unanswered goals. It gave the Thunderbirds their first regulation loss on home ice all season. And like Kelowna, the challenge becomes greater because the T-Birds get these names back: Barzal, Eansor, and True. Not to mention, they’ve been busy with the trading block.

SUNDAY: Opportunistic, productive, and resilient. That defines a 4-1 record in five games against Spokane this season. Last time these two teams met, Remi Laurencelle had a night we haven’t seen in nearly nine years. Waging battle with the Chiefs means accepting a quick, taxing, and strenuous challenge. The Tips have had to exert max energy for the four wins in five meetings. On the Chiefs side, it will be the first time there’s no Adam Helewka in the mix, permanently (traded in the blockbuster deal with Red Deer).

Still, there’s the challenge of dealing with Kailer Yamamoto, Dominic Zwerger and Jason Fram – they’ve combined for 15 points in the series.

  • DID YOU KNOW: By the end of the weekend, the Tips will have played 10 games on the road in 12 overall. Their record in that stretch, currently: 8-2-0-0. Amazing.

PROGRAMMING NOTE: As revealed Tuesday on the Silvertips Hockey Show, tonight’s game brings an untimely but necessary absence for me in the booth. I hate missing work and it’s an objective each season to be there for every game. Conversely, family is needed in the time of tragedy. We are mourning a loved one’s passing, and responsibilities in California command a presence for the funeral. Grandmother, Jeanette, was celebrated for her love, compassion, work ethic, and humility. While her passing was sudden, her suffering was minimal, and she is in a better place.

It’s tough finding a replacement at the last moment, but massive thanks to Dave Sheldon (@DaveSheldonYVR) – a dependable, experienced, and familiar (ex-Silvertips color analyst) voice to take care of the broadcast tonight. I can’t wait to repay him in person for his help, and I wish him all the best with tonight’s call. Puck drop: 7:05pm from Prospera Place. Air time: 6:30pm on Fox Sports 1380.

I’ll be back with you tomorrow night (along with Al Kinisky) in Kent’s ShoWare Center: Tips at Thunderbirds. “See you” on the radio.

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Leed(ahl) On

As Dawson Leedahl prepares for his 200th career WHL game, the Silvertips can snap a couple of pesky slumps by turning things around offensively tonight vs. the Vancouver Giants.

The Silvertips have owned a 4-0 record in the last 4 games (outscoring the Giants 17-3), but you’ll hear a lot tonight about getting past the offensive and special teams speed bumps that have populated the last couple of games.

Outscored 7-1 over the last two contests, the Silvertips let two separate five-on-three man advantages get by last night without scoring. It didn’t help they missed 2/3 of their top line as well in the process. But potentially getting them back, plus shifting the focus onto the second game in 24 hours, provides a big chance at opportunity.

It’s 80’s Night in the house (special Kingdome era apparel tribute you’ll see if coming to the game, from our pregame show), and Al Kinisky and I have the call at 6:30pm on Fox Sports 1380.

  • LISTEN LIVE: Fox Sports 1380
  • PREGAME: Kevin Constantine, Patrick Bajkov
  • 1ST INTERMISSION: Carter Hart


TONIGHT’S MATCHUP
Tonight brings the second meeting of the season between the Silvertips and Vancouver Giants at XFINITY Arena, with the Silvertips playing in their fifth home game in a seven-game stretch. The Silvertips are 37-31-3-1 overall against the Giants and are 22-12-1-1 at XFINITY Arena. Everett defeated Vancouver in the first meeting, 3-2 at XFINITY Arena on Nov. 7 behind Patrick Bajkov’s game winning goal. The Silvertips are 9-4-0-1 at home this season. Both teams are playing in their second game in as many days.

HEAD-TO-HEAD: ON THE SHOULDERS OF GIANTS
The Silvertips host the Vancouver Giants for the second time this season, continuing a tight rivalry at a Silvertips 37-31-3-1 record. Last season, the Tips won all three games in Everett by a combined score of 14-1. The Giants are headlined by blue chip prospect Tyler Benson (one of four WHL players listed with an “A” rating in the CSS “Ones to Watch List”, a possible early selection in the first round of the 2016 NHL Entry Draft. RW Ty Ronning, draft eligible in 2016, is the son of former Vancouver Canucks forward Cliff Ronning. Vancouver is led by head coach Lorne Molleken, who is just one of four coaches in WHL history to surpass 600 wins. The Giants have won three games in a row and defeated Kootenay, 4-0 last night at the Pacific Coliseum.

SILVERTIPS HEAD-TO-HEAD RECORD: 37-31-3-1 (overall), 22-12-1-1 (home)
LAST SILVERTIPS HOME WIN: 11/7/15, 3-2 (Patrick Bajkov; GWG)
LAST MEETING: Same as above

LAST GAME:
PG 3 – EVT 0 (12-5-15): Ty Edmonds turned in a 27-save shutout and Colby McAuley galvanized the Prince George Cougars with a pair of goals to hold off the Everett Silvertips, 3-0 at XFINITY Arena on Friday. The Silvertips suffered back-to-back losses at home for the first time this season and Carter Hart turned in 27 saves, decorating a game that took a bruising and physical approach. Both teams combined for 77 penalty minutes and nine major or misconduct infractions, involved in three fights in the first 15 minutes of the game.

 

UNDER LOCK AND KEY

The Silvertips defense leads the WHL with 2.0 goals allowed per game … Everett has allowed two goals or less in 17 of the first 24 games … the Silvertips are the only team to earn a shutout against Seattle this season … the Silvertips have allowed just seven goals in the first period, fewest in the WHL … Everett’s 26.9 shots allowed per game are fourth in the WHL … the Silvertips are 8-3-0-1 when tied after one period and are a combined 13-1-0-2 when either tied or leading after two periods … seven defensemen on the Silvertips roster are +1 or better, and all have combined for a +31 rating.

MILESTONE TRACKER

  • Dawson Leedahl TONIGHT WILL PLAY IN HIS 200TH CAREER GAME, IN THE WHL AND WITH THE TIPS  
  • Patrick Bajkov is 20 points away from 100 in his WHL career
  • Remi Laurencelle is 5 points away from 100 in his WHL career

HART HAULS HONORS
Goaltender Carter Hart earned the CHL Goaltender of the Week award, the WHL Goaltender of the Month (November) award and his second WHL Goaltender of the Week award of the season this week … during the month of November he was 9-2-0-1 and led the league with a 1.16 goals-against-average, in addition to a .951 save percentage and four shutouts … he has posted a 39-17-5-5 record with ten shutouts in 66 career WHL regular season and playoff appearances … eligible for the 2016 NHL Entry Draft and was recently named to the NHL Central Scouting Service’s “Players to Watch” list (B) in November … AMONG THE WHL LEADERS: 1st in goals against average (1.74), tied for third in wins (14), 1st in shutouts (6) and tied for 1st in save percentage (.934).

 

HART OF STONE

Silvertips goaltender Carter Hart, entering his second full season of play in the WHL, ranks among the league’s leader in several goaltending categories since beginning his career with the Silvertips. Entering tonight, Hart is the leader in WHL goals-against-average for the last two seasons.

WHL GOALS AGAINST AVERAGE LEADERS*, SINCE START OF 2014-15 SEASON:

RANK PLAYER TEAM GAA SV W L OTL SOL
1 Carter Hart EVT 2.17 1701 39 18 5 5
2 Taran Kozun SEA 2.50 1687 35 21 5 4
3 Jackson Whistle KEL 2.51 2298 63 15 7 0
4 Michael Herringer KEL 2.65 721 22 5 0 0
5 Jordan Papirny BDN 2.67 2674 64 22 7 4

* Minimum 1,500 minutes played  

NOVEMBER TO REMEMEBER  

  • The Silvertips finished the month of November with a record of 9-3-0-1
  • At home, the Silvertips went 6-0-0-0 in six games
  • Remi Laurcencelle led the Silvertips with 18 points (10g-8a) in 13 games during the month, finishing four off the league lead.
  • Goaltender Carter Hart was named WHL Goaltender of the Month, appearing in all but one game in net and led the league with a 1.16 goals-against-average, in addition to a .951 save percentage and four shutouts
  • The Silvertips surpassed last year’s record in November, when they went 7-4-1-0 (15 points)

 

 

STUCKY CELEBRATES A MILESTONE:
Silvertips equipment manager James Stucky worked the 1,500th game in his career on Oct. 28 vs. Brandon. The native of Burien, Wash. has served the Silvertips in his capacity since the inception of the franchise in 2003, having previously worked in the American Hockey League with Cincinnati, in the IHL with Indianapolis and in the CHL with Memphis from 1995-2003. He was honored last Friday night with a pre-game ceremonial puck drop.

THE KEVIN CONSTANTINE FILE
Kevin Constantine returns for his seventh season overall as head coach of the Silvertips, ranking as the club’s all-time leader in wins (259) and posting a record of 259-148-50 in his Everett career. All four of the Silvertips’ division titles have been achieved with Constantine as head coach, most recently last season which was Everett’s first since 2006-07. He was the recipient of the Dunc McCallum Trophy (WHL Coach of the Year) in 2003-04, when the Silvertips broke nearly every WHL expansion record and became the first expansion team in WHL history to win a division title. Constantine has coached in the NHL over the course of seven seasons with San Jose, Pittsburgh and New Jersey, helping guide all three clubs to an appearance in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

 

A Winning Attitude.

Wednesday, a 4-1 loss wasn’t what the Everett Silvertips had in mind.

And tonight, the Silvertips sit at the table of a card game, fresh off the losing hand, asking for “next hand.” Sitting at the table nearby are the Prince George Cougars, who amplified their season with five wins in six games.

MORE: Everett Herald 

Al Kinisky and I are on-air tonight at 7:00 p.m. on Fox Sports 1380, WHL Live and your Tune-In App.

LISTEN LIVE: FOX Sports 1380
WATCH LIVE: WHL Live

TONIGHT’S GUESTS: Kevin Constantine, Noah Juulsen, Riley Sutter

TONIGHT’S MATCHUP
A four-game homestand continues this evening with the fourth and final meeting of the season between the Everett Silvertips and Prince George Cougars, also marking the second time both clubs will meet at XFINITY Arena this season. The Silvertips are 2-1-0-0 in the series and last met on Nov. 6 in Everett, a 2-1 overtime victory for the Silvertips. Currently, the Silvertips are in a stretch of playing six times at home in eight games – currently they are 9-3-0-1 at XFINITY Arena.

THE FUTURE: A look at the NHL drafted talent on tonight’s rosters:

  • NOAH JUULSEN (D) – Silvertips/Montreal 1st round selection (2015)
  • BRYCEN MARTIN (D) – Silvertips/Buffalo 3rd round selection (2014)
  • JESSE GABRIELLE (LW) – Cougars/Boston 4th round selection (2015)
  • JANSEN HARKINS (C) – Cougars/Winnipeg 2nd round selection (2015)
  • BRAD MORRISON (C) – Cougars/NY Rangers 4th round selection (2015)
  • TATE OLSON (D) – Cougars/Vancouver 7th round selection (2015)
  • SAM RUOPP (D) – Cougars/Columbus 5th round selection (2015)

HEAD-TO-HEAD:
The Prince George Cougars went 31-36-2-3 (67 points) last season, finishing seventh in the Western Conference while compiling a home record of 16-17-1-2. Center Jansen Harkins led the Cougars in scoring last season, collecting 79 points (20g-59a) in 70 games and was selected in the second round (47th overall) of the 2015 NHL Entry Draft by the Winnipeg Jets. His father, Todd, skated over the course of three seasons in the NHL with Calgary and Hartford and currently serves as general manager for the Cougars. Overage forward Chase Witala led the Cougars last season with 38 goals. Prince George has won five times in the last six games and are beginning a stretch of five road games out of six overall on the road.

The Silvertips are 4-3-0-0 in the last seven matchups with Prince George, last facing the Cougars at XFINITY Arena on Nov. 6 (2-1 overtime victory).

SILVERTIPS HEAD-TO-HEAD RECORD: 31-16-3-2 (overall), 14-10-0-2 (home)
LAST SILVERTIPS HOME WIN: 11/6/15, 2-1 OT victory (Kevin Davis GWG)
LAST MEETING: Same as above

ON THE OTHER SIDE: Jesse Gabrielle, NHL property of the Boston Bruins and leads the Cougars with 25 points in 26 games. However, Jared Bethune and Brad Morrison come in trending the highest, leading Prince George with 11 points apiece (in 11 games) during the month of November.

LAST 3 GAMES:
TC 4 – EVT 1 (12/2/15): Michael Rasmussen collected two assists and the Tri-City Americans used a pair of shorthanded goals to hold off the Everett Silvertips, 4-1 at XFINITY Arena on Wednesday night. The loss ended the Silvertips’ six-game home winning streak and spoiled the debut of newcomer Brycen Martin, a defenseman acquired in a trade Monday with Saskatoon. Brian King netted the only Silvertips goal of the evening, shorthanded in the third period.

EVT 5 – SPO 1 (11/29/15): Remi Laurencelle scored two goals and added an assist while eight of his teammates recorded a point to help the Everett Silvertips win their third game in a row and bury the Spokane Chiefs in a 5-1 victory before 4,077 fans at Spokane Arena on Sunday night. Laurencelle, earning his fifth multi-goal game and seventh goal in the last four games, capped a run of five unanswered goals by the Silvertips. Carter Hart registered his 14th win of the season with 25 saves while Dario Winkler recorded an assist, filling in with top line duty in the absence of injured captain Dawson Leedahl.

EVT 5 – MJ 0 (11/27/15): Carter Hart only needed to make 14 saves for his 10th career WHL shutout in 64 regular season and postseason games, while Remi Laurencelle and Graham Millar each scored twice to help the Everett Silvertips hammer the Moose Jaw Warriors in a 5-0 victory before a crowd of 5,278 at XFINITY Arena on Friday. The Silvertips won their sixth consecutive home game, shutting out an opponent on home ice for the third straight game. Hart earned his sixth shutout of the season, and Laurencelle, earning his fifth goal in three games, recorded his fourth multi goal game of the season.

UNDER LOCK AND KEY
The Silvertips defense leads the WHL with 2.0 goals allowed per game … Everett has allowed two goals or less in 17 of the first 23 games … the Silvertips are the only team to earn a shutout against Seattle this season … the Silvertips have allowed just seven goals in the first period, fewest in the WHL … following Wednesday, Everett’s 26.7 shots allowed per game are third in the WHL … the Silvertips are 8-2-0-1 when tied after one period and are a combined 13-1-0-2 when either tied or leading after two periods … every defenseman has combined for a +30 rating.

SILVERTIP COUNTRY GONE GLOBAL
The Silvertips have been involved this year with the following international competition:

  • Assistant coach Mitch Love, gold medal for Hockey Canada as assistant coach for the 2015 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge
  • Defenseman Noah Juulsen has been named to the roster for Hockey Canada’s Selection Camp for the 2016 World Junior Championships (Dec. 10-14 in Toronto)
  • Forward Dario Winkler, named to Team Austria for the World Junior Championship roster (Division-1, Group-A)
  • Goaltender Carter Hart (draft eligible in 2016) and Juulsen (first round selection of Montreal, 2015) represented the Tips and the WHL for Hockey Canada in the 2015 CHL Canada Russia Series – Juulsen scored a goal in the Monday game, and followed up with a +3 rating the next night.
  • Hart, Juulsen skated in the inaugural Hockey Canada Summer Showcase
  • Hart earned a gold medal in the 2015 Under-18 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Cup tournament

HART HAULS HONORS
Goaltender Carter Hart earned the CHL Goaltender of the Week award, the WHL Goaltender of the Month (November) award and his second WHL Goaltender of the Week award of the season this week … during the month of November he was 9-2-0-1 and led the league with a 1.16 goals-against-average, in addition to a .951 save percentage and four shutouts … he has posted a 39-17-5-5 record with ten shutouts in 66 career WHL regular season and playoff appearances … eligible for the 2016 NHL Entry Draft and was recently named to the NHL Central Scouting Service’s “Players to Watch” list (B) in November … AMONG THE WHL LEADERS: 1st in goals against average (1.74), tied for third in wins (14), 1st in shutouts (6) and tied for 1st in save percentage (.934).

HART OF STONE

Silvertips goaltender Carter Hart, entering his second full season of play in the WHL, ranks among the league’s leader in several goaltending categories since beginning his career with the Silvertips. Entering tonight, Hart is the leader in WHL goals-against-average for the last two seasons.

WHL GOALS AGAINST AVERAGE LEADERS*, SINCE START OF 2014-15 SEASON:

RANK PLAYER TM GAA SV W L OTL SOL
1 Carter Hart EVT 2.17 1674 39 17 5 5
2 Taran Kozun SEA 2.50 1687 35 21 5 4
3 Jackson Whistle KEL 2.51 2298 63 15 7 0
4 Logan Flodell SEA 2.62 643 14 8 2 1
5 Jordan Papirny BDN 2.68 2645 64 22 6 4

* Minimum 1,500 minutes played  

MILESTONE TRACKER

  • Dawson Leedahl is 2 games away from 200 in his WHL and Silvertips career
  • Patrick Bajkov is 20 points away from 100 in his WHL career
  • Remi Laurencelle is 5 points away from 100 in his WHL career

NOVEMBER TO REMEMEBER  

  • The Silvertips finished the month of November with a record of 9-3-0-1
  • At home, the Silvertips went 6-0-0-0 in six games
  • Remi Laurcencelle led the Silvertips with 18 points (10g-8a) in 13 games during the month, finishing four off the league lead.
  • Goaltender Carter Hart was named WHL Goaltender of the Month, appearing in all but one game in net and led the league with a 1.16 goals-against-average, in addition to a .951 save percentage and four shutouts
  • The Silvertips surpassed last year’s record in November, when they went 7-4-1-0 (15 points)

 

THE KEVIN CONSTANTINE FILE
Kevin Constantine returns for his seventh season overall as head coach of the Silvertips, ranking as the club’s all-time leader in wins (258) and posting a record of 258-148-50 in his Everett career. All four of the Silvertips’ division titles have been achieved with Constantine as head coach, most recently last season which was Everett’s first since 2006-07. He was the recipient of the Dunc McCallum Trophy (WHL Coach of the Year) in 2003-04, when the Silvertips broke nearly every WHL expansion record and became the first expansion team in WHL history to win a division title. Constantine has coached in the NHL over the course of seven seasons with San Jose, Pittsburgh and New Jersey, helping guide all three clubs to an appearance in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

MILESTONE TRACKER

  • Dawson Leedahl is 2 games away from 200 in his WHL and Silvertips career
  • Patrick Bajkov is 20 points away from 100 in his WHL career
  • Remi Laurencelle is 5 points away from 100 in his WHL career

 

Bridging the Gap: Ugly, Bounces, and the Giants

Kevin Davis’ OT winner, a bouncer off the paraphernalia of Brad Morrison, represents back-to-back wins, Davis’ first goal since January, and the continuous criteria needed for breaking out of a funk:

Get pucks to the net, and good things will happen.

There was some residue from the nightmarish battles with Adin Hill, and like the previous few games against the Winterhawks, a haunting narrative continued to cloud Friday’s game: battle level high, shots high, results low. The Silvertips couldn’t do much more than outshooting Prince George, 38-24. But maybe they needed a dress rehearsal (see: Leedahl’s overturned 2nd period goal) to finally get things going in the right direction.

LISTEN: Game audio vs. Prince George

Takeaways:
1. Some guy named Hart. Not much more you can ask for out of a guy playing at a level of “incredible.” The totals, last 6 games: 3-2-1, 1.15 GAA, .956 save percentage.

2. At first of you don’t succeed … go back to your original blueprint. The Leedahl-Fonteyne-Stadnyk experiment lasted for about 35 minutes, whereupon #17 and #13 returned to their original top-six pivot battle stations. After that: Leedahl nets a 1-0 lead, and Laurencelle turns in an assist on the game-winning goal.

3. Uglier than pond scum … if you can connect three consecutive passes in one shift tonight, call it a win. The Tips had to grind this thing out, rely on Carter Hart and lean on opportunity. Things went the right way. It’s needed tonic for the offensively-starved.

Onto the Vancouver Giants. Quick turnaround for all of us, so we’ll let you rely on this post to follow along. Al Kinisky and I have the call beginning at 6:30pm. You can listen below (FOX Sports 1380). It’ll be the first meeting of the season against the Giants, who have obviously seen better days, and are still struggling after a flurry of trades. The Tips won all 3 games at XFINITY Arena in the series last year, outscoring the Giants 14-1.

LISTEN LIVE: Saturday’s broadcast (FOX Sports 1380) 

Pressroom meal: Chicken cordon bleu, garlic bread, steamed vegetables, dessert platter (I plead the fifth).

Lasting image: have you hugged your goaltender today?

We May Use This On The Air! (11/6 vs Prince George)

Al Kinisky’s back this evening, we’ve missed his presence. He and I have the Everett Bone & Joint Pregame Show at 7pm. Face-off at 7:30.

LISTEN LIVE (KKXA Tonight): Click here

There will be a couple interesting lineup changes to note. We can’t reveal them now for the purpose of keeping value in pregame show content (you gotta listen). But one thing’s for sure: the Silvertips get a visitor that while doesn’t exactly employ a goaltender as tough to climb as Mount Kilimanjaro (looking at you, Adin Hill), collectively they aren’t exactly a pushover.

The Prince George Cougars are playing with a considerable amount of confidence: they’ve won seven of ten games. They have a group of forwards who present a clear and present danger as anybody in the league (Harkins, Morrison, Gabrielle, etc). The Silvertips defense will be tested throughout tonight.

The good news: trends show keeping the puck out of their own net aren’t exactly a chore. The Tips are second in the WHL with 2.2 goals allowed per game (Carter Hart’s got a lot to do with that, carrying a save percentage over .950 since Oct. 23). They’re a hope and life squeezing machine once in contention: 5-1 when tied after one period, and 5-1-1 when leading after two.

Talk with you soon.

1st INTERMISSION GUEST: Rod Egan, Silvertips Scout (Alberta region) 

TONIGHT’S MATCHUP
A two game homestand launches this evening with the third meeting of the season between the Everett Silvertips and Prince George Cougars, also marking the first time both clubs will meet at XFINITY Arena this season. The Silvertips are 1-1-0-0 in the series and split a two-game series in the last set, Sept. 25-27 at CN Centre to open the regular season. At home, the Silvertips are 3-2-0-1 at home this season. The Silvertips have only faced teams from the B.C. Division twice this season – both matchups have come against the Cougars.

TONIGHT’S GUEST
The Silvertips welcome Jordyn Wieber, U.S. Olympic Gold Medalist in 2012 (London) to XFINITY Arena for tonight’s game. Wieber will participate in the pregame ceremonial puck drop.

HEAD-TO-HEAD: LOOK WHAT THE CAT DRAGGED IN
The Prince George Cougars went 31-36-2-3 (67 points) last season, finishing seventh in the Western Conference while compiling a home record of 16-17-1-2. Center Jansen Harkins led the Cougars in scoring last season, collecting 79 points (20g-59a) in 70 games and was selected in the second round (47th overall) of the 2015 NHL Entry Draft by the Winnipeg Jets. His father, Todd, skated over the course of three seasons in the NHL with Calgary and Hartford and currently serves as general manager for the Cougars. Overage forward Chase Witala led the Cougars last season with 38 goals.

The Silvertips are 3-3-0-0 in the last six matchups with Prince George, last facing the Cougars at XFINITY Arena on Feb. 28 (5-1 defeat).

SILVERTIPS HEAD-TO-HEAD RECORD: 30-16-3-2 (overall), 13-10-0-2 (rhome)
LAST SILVERTIPS HOME WIN: 9/21/13, 8-3 (Manraj Hayer, GWG)
LAST MEETING: 9/27/15 at Prince George, 5-1 loss

LAST 3 GAMES:
EVT 2 – POR 1 (11/1/15): Cole MacDonald scored a dramatic, game-winning goal with 53.1 seconds left in regulation and Carter Hart registered 23 saves to lift the Everett Silvertips to a 2-1 victory over the host Portland Winterhawks, before 6,166 fans at Moda Center on Sunday. The Silvertips shattered the Winterhawks’ five game win streak, led in shots at 30-24, and kept red-hot Dominic Turgeon off the scoreboard for the second straight night (Turgeon had a six-game goal-scoring streak entering Friday, which the Tips broke). Brian King, a scratch on Friday against Portland, came through in the first period with his first career WHL goal. 

POR 2 – EVT 1 (10/30/15): Rodrigo Abols’ power play goal with 1:51 left in regulation snapped a 1-1 tie and lifted the Portland Winterhawks over the Everett Silvertips, 2-1 at XFINITY Arena on Friday. The Silvertips held a 30-8 shots advantage in the first two periods, and Devon Skoleski netted the Silvertips’ only goal, in the second period to break Adin Hill’s shutout streak in the head-to-head series of over five consecutive periods. Counterpart Carter Hart registered 11 saves.

BDN 3 – EVT 2 (SO) (10/28/15): Carter Hart’s 38 saves helped the Everett Silvertips force overtime against the defending Eastern Conference champions, settling for a 3-2 shootout loss to the Brandon Wheat Kings before a crowd of 3,408 at XFINITY Arena on Wednesday. The Silvertips, buoyed by a two-goal outburst to begin the game, were aided by former Wheat King Dario Winkler’s first career WHL goal in his Silvertips debut. Hart’s counterpart, Logan Thompson, made 20 saves while Braylon Shmyr’s third period goal helped force overtime.

LOVE CONQUERS ALL, AND WITH TEAM CANADA

Silvertips assistant coach Mitch Love, absent from the team this week, is currently serving Hockey Canada as assistant coach for the 2015 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge, Oct. 30-Nov. 7 in Dawson Creek and Fort St. John, B.C. Love is working with high-ranked players born in 1999 or later, eligible to compete for Canada with the National Men’s U-18 Team, National Junior Team and National Men’s Team.

MILESTONE TRACKER

  • Dawson Leedahl is 15 games away from 100 in his WHL and Silvertips career
  • Patrick Bajkov is 30 points away from 100 in his WHL career

UNDER LOCK AND KEY
The Silvertips defense ranks second in the WHL with 2.2 goals allowed per game … Everett has allowed two goals or less in 8 of the first 11 games, including two games against Prince Albert (#6) and Seattle (#9), both ranked in the CHL Top 10 rankings this week … the Silvertips are the only team to earn a shutout against Seattle this season … the Silvertips have allowed just five goals in the first period, fewest in the WHL … Everett’s 30 shots allowed per game are eighth in the WHL … the Silvertips are 5-1-0-0 when tied after one period and 5-1-1 when leading after two periods.

HART OF STONE
Silvertips goaltender Carter Hart, entering his second full season of play in the WHL, ranks among the league’s leader in several goaltending categories since beginning his career with the Silvertips. Entering Friday, Hart is the leader in WHL goals-against-average for the last two seasons.

WHL GOALS AGAINST AVERAGE LEADERS*, SINCE START OF 2014-15 SEASON:

RANK PLAYER TEAM GAA SV W L OTL SOL
1 Carter Hart EVT 2.33 1537 31 14 0 5
2 Jake Morrissey VAN 2.45 398 8 4 0 0
3 Logan Flodell SEA 2.49 517 9 6 0 1
4 Taran Kozun SEA 2.50 1847 35 21 0 5
5 Jackson Whistle KEL 2.53 2257 55 15 0 6

* Minimum 500 minutes played

We May Use This On The Air! (11/1 vs. Portland)

Hey, we haven’t seen these guys in awhile.

Fifth time in the first 11 regular season games (8 in 16 if you count preseason) that the Silvertips see the Portland Winterhawks. Last time out, the Tips threw the kitchen sink at Adin Hill, who apparently was equipped to stop a barge if thrown at him (38 saves).

Next time the Tips see the Winterhawks (1-3-0 in the series): Dec. 9 at Everett.

Distance makes the heart grow fonder.

Opening face-off at 5:00 p.m. and on-air at 4:30 from Rip City.

The trend has seen Carter vs Adin, and we’re due to see it again tonight. Both have been lights out. Hart’s played every minute in the last four games (well, really all but 28 minutes this whole season), and carries a .955 save percentage and 1.24 GAA in that stretch. Hill, the reigning CHL goaltender of the week, is significantly responsible for the Winterhawks surge in the last five games (5-0-0): 1.40 GAA and .966 save percentage.

Needless to say, the Tips have to find a way to solve him.

LISTEN: Tonight’s broadcast on Fox Sports 1380

TONIGHT’S MATCHUP
The Silvertips return to the road against the Portland Winterhawks in the fifth meeting of the season. The Silvertips are 2-3-0-0 this season on the road and last visited Moda Center on Oct. 3, a 3-1 victory over Portland. All-time, the Silvertips are 60-55-13 in the series and will next meet the Winterhawks on Dec. 9 in Everett. Devon Skoleski leads the Silvertips with three points and goals in the series. Portland is led Rodrigo Abols, who has four points (2g-2a) in the series.

HEAD-TO-HEAD:
The Portland Winterhawks, led by head coach Jamie Kompon (in his second season as head coach), finished second in the U.S. Division last season at 43-23-2-4 and were eliminated in six games by the Kelowna Rockets, the eventual league champion, in the Western Conference Final. The Winterhawks began the season returning a pair of 20-year old forwards, defenseman Blake Heinrich and right winger Alex Schoenborn. Forward Paul Bittner is the returning leading scorer with 71 points in 66 games last season, and forward Olivier Bjorkstrand, who led the league with 118 points in 59 games, is currently in the American Hockey League with the Lake Erie Monsters. Portland has won a season-high five consecutive games and is scheduled soon to debut Rihards Bukarts, acquired in a trade with Brandon on Thursday.

SILVERTIPS HEAD-TO-HEAD RECORD: 60-55-13 (overall), 27-32-7 (road)
LAST SILVERTIPS ROAD WIN: 10/3/15, 3-1 (Noah Juulsen, GWG)
LAST MEETING: 10/30/15 at Everett, 2-1 loss

LAST 3 GAMES:
POR 2 – EVT 1 (10/30/15): Rodrigo Abols’ power play goal with 1:51 left in regulation snapped a 1-1 tie and lifted the Portland Winterhawks over the Everett Silvertips, 2-1 at XFINITY Arena on Friday. The Silvertips held a 30-8 shots advantage in the first two periods, and Devon Skoleski netted the Silvertips’ only goal, in the second period to break Adin Hill’s shutout streak in the head-to-head series of over five consecutive periods. Counterpart Carter Hart registered 11 saves.

BDN 3 – EVT 2 (SO) (10/28/15): Carter Hart’s 38 saves helped the Everett Silvertips force overtime against the defending Eastern Conference champions, settling for a 3-2 shootout loss to the Brandon Wheat Kings before a crowd of 3,408 at XFINITY Arena on Wednesday. The Silvertips, buoyed by a two-goal outburst to begin the game, were aided by former Wheat King Dario Winkler’s first career WHL goal in his Silvertips debut. Hart’s counterpart, Logan Thompson, made 20 saves while Braylon Shmyr’s third period goal helped force overtime.

EVT 2 – SEA 0 (10/24/15): Carter Hart made 32 saves for his sixth career shutout and Connor Dewar added a goal and an assist to lead the Everett Silvertips (5-3-0-0, 10 points) to a 2-0 victory over the Seattle Thunderbirds before a crowd of 7,311 at XFINITY Arena on Saturday. The Silvertips earned their third win in four home games, and snapped Seattle’s six-game winning streak. Lucas Skrumeda added a second period goal, while Hart’s shutout was his second of the season, following up a 25-save effort last night against Portland. He improved to 3-0 in three lifetime appearances against the Thunderbirds.

LOVE CONQUERS ALL, AND WITH TEAM CANADA
Silvertips assistant coach Mitch Love, absent from the team this week, is currently serving Hockey Canada as assistant coach for the 2015 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge, Oct. 30-Nov. 7 in Dawson Creek and Fort St. John, B.C. Love is working with high-ranked players born in 1999 or later, eligible to compete for Canada with the National Men’s U-18 Team, National Junior Team and National Men’s Team.

MILESTONE TRACKER

  • Remi Laurencelle played in his 200th career WHL game on Wednesday
  • Dawson Leedahl is 16 games away from 100 in his WHL and Silvertips career
  • Patrick Bajkov is 30 points away from 100 in his WHL career

STUCKY CELEBRATES A MILESTONE:
Silvertips equipment manager James Stucky worked the 1,500th game in his career on Wednesday. The native of Burien, Wash. has served the Silvertips in his capacity since the inception of the franchise in 2003, having previously worked in the American Hockey League with Cincinnati, in the IHL with Indianapolis and in the CHL with Memphis from 1995-2003. He was honored Friday night with a pre-game ceremonial puck drop.

ABSOLUTE POWER (PLAY)
Through Friday – the Silvertips power play ranks seventh in the ECHL at 24.3 percent (9-of-37) and went 0-of-6 on Friday against the Portland Winterhawks … Everett’s power play at home is fifth in the WHL at 30.4 percent … Carson Stadnyk’s power play goal (2nd) gave the Silvertips a 1-0 lead over Brandon on Oct. 28 …  Patrick Bajkov and Noah Juulsen lead the Silvertips power play with four points each … a total of 12 Silvertips players, including goaltender Carter Hart, have registered at least one power play point this season.

HART OF STONE
Silvertips goaltender Carter Hart, entering his second full season of play in the WHL, ranks among the league’s leaders in several goaltending categories since beginning his career with the Silvertips. Through Friday, Hart is the leader in WHL goals-against-average for the last two seasons.

WHL GOALS AGAINST AVERAGE LEADERS*, SINCE START OF 2014-15 SEASON:

RANK PLAYER TEAM GAA SV W L OTL SOL
1 Carter Hart EVT 2.36 1390 30 14 5 4
2 Jake Morrissey VAN 2.45 366 8 4 0 1
3 Logan Flodell SEA 2.48 427 8 5 1 1
4 Taran Kozun SEA 2.5 1687 35 21 5 4
5 Michael Herringer KEL 2.54 604 19 4 0 0

* Minimum 500 minutes played

PROSPECT UPDATE
BRETT KEMP (F): selected by the Silvertips in the second round (41st overall) in the 2015 WHL Bantam Draft. Kemp, 15, was selected to Team Saskatchewan for the 2015 Western Conference U16 Challenge Cup, which started Wednesday (Kemp had an assist in the opener vs. Manitoba)  in Calgary. Kemp was selected among the highest-rated players in the Under-16 category representing the four Western Canadian provinces of Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba and Saskatchewan. Kemp was third in his league’s scoring last season with the Yorkton Terriers (Saskatchewan Bantam AA Hockey League) with 79 points (37g-42a) in 30 games.

We May Use This On The Air! 10/30 vs Portland

No Al Kinisky with us on-air tonight (Kellan Tochkin will fill in for color analysis), as he holds a day job and part of the requirements are for him to occasionally head forth into the public sphere of business influence, shake hands, and kiss babies.

While Al’s kissing babies, we’ll embrace another juicy Silvertips/Winterhawks matchup. Part of the juice, aside from the fact these are two teams entrenched in a pretty serious rivalry connected with the I-5, is we’ll be seeing Rihards Bukarts again. The Winterhawks nabbed the talented overage forward in a trade yesterday with Brandon in exchange for … drumroll …

… two conditional third round Bantam Draft picks.

Bukarts will debut tonight and wear #9 for the Wintherhawks.

Aside from that, the Carter Hart vs Adin Hill matchup is nearly as good as it gets, early this season. Since the two teams last met on Oct. 23, Hart has a .969 save percentage, one shutout (vs. Seattle, everybody) and a 0.98 save percentage.

Hill is not far behind. Four games: 4-0-0, .965 save percentage, 1.50 goals-against-average.

ON-AIR: 7:00pm
FIRST INTERMISSION GUEST: James Stucky (Silvertips eqiupment manager, honored tonight for this)
LISTEN LIVE: Classic Country 1520 KXA 

TONIGHT’S MATCHUP
The Silvertips conclude a four-game homestand against the Portland Winterhawks in the fourth meeting of the season. Everett is 1-1-0-1 on the homestand and last faced the Winterhawks on Oct. 23, a 2-0 Portland victory at XFINITY Arena. All-time, the Silvertips are 60-54-13 in the series and will next meet the Winterhawks on Sunday in Portland. Devon Skoleski, Patrick Bajkov, Remi Laurencelle and Noah Juulsen each lead the Silvertips with two points in the series. Portland is led by Dominic Turgeon and Rodrigo Abols, who each have three points.

HEAD-TO-HEAD: WATCHING LIKE A WINTERHAWK
The Portland Winterhawks, led by head coach Jamie Kompon (in his second season as head coach), finished second in the U.S. Division last season at 43-23-2-4 and were eliminated in six games by the Kelowna Rockets, the eventual league champion, in the Western Conference Final. The Winterhawks began the season returning a pair of 20-year old forwards, defenseman Blake Heinrich and right winger Alex Schoenborn. Forward Paul Bittner is the returning leading scorer with 71 points in 66 games last season, and forward Olivier Bjorkstrand, who led the league with 118 points in 59 games, is currently in the American Hockey League with the Lake Erie Monsters. Portland has won four consecutive games and is scheduled to debut Rihards Bukarts, acquired in a trade with Brandon on Thursday.

SILVERTIPS HEAD-TO-HEAD RECORD: 60-54-13 (overall), 33-23-6 (home)
LAST SILVERTIPS HOME WIN: 2/8/15, 4-3 (OT) (GWG: Carson Stadnyk)
LAST MEETING: 10/23/15 in Everett, 2-0 loss

LAST 3 GAMES:
BDN 3 – EVT 2 (SO) (10/28/15): Carter Hart’s 38 saves helped the Everett Silvertips force overtime against the defending Eastern Conference champions, settling for a 3-2 shootout loss to the Brandon Wheat Kings before a crowd of 3,408 at XFINITY Arena on Wednesday. The Silvertips, buoyed by a two-goal outburst to begin the game, were aided by former Wheat King Dario Winkler’s first career WHL goal in his Silvertips debut. Hart’s counterpart, Logan Thompson, made 20 saves while Braylon Shmyr’s third period goal helped force overtime.

EVT 2 – SEA 0 (10/24/15): Carter Hart made 32 saves for his sixth career shutout and Connor Dewar added a goal and an assist to lead the Everett Silvertips (5-3-0-0, 10 points) to a 2-0 victory over the Seattle Thunderbirds before a crowd of 7,311 at XFINITY Arena on Saturday. The Silvertips earned their third win in four home games, and snapped Seattle’s six-game winning streak. Lucas Skrumeda added a second period goal, while Hart’s shutout was his second of the season, following up a 25-save effort last night against Portland. He improved to 3-0 in three lifetime appearances against the Thunderbirds.

POR 2 – EVT 0 (10/23/15): Adin Hill recorded 31 saves for his second shutout of the season, lifting the Portland Winterhawks over the Everett Silvertips, 2-0 before 3,623 fans at XFINITY Arena on Friday. The Silvertips, who entered tonight with the least amount of games played in the WHL this season (and played just four times in the last 26 days), dropped their second straight loss despite a 25 save effort from Carter Hart.

MILESTONE TRACKER

  • Remi Laurencelle played in his 200th career WHL game on Wednesday
  • Dawson Leedahl is 17 games away from 100 in his WHL and Silvertips career
  • Patrick Bajkov is 30 points away from 100 in his WHL career

STUCKY CELEBRATES A MILESTONE:
Silvertips equipment manager James Stucky worked the 1,500th game in his career on Wednesday. The native of Burien, Wash. has served the Silvertips in his capacity since the inception of the franchise in 2003, having previously worked in the American Hockey League with Cincinnati, in the IHL with Indianapolis and in the CHL with Memphis from 1995-2003.

LOVE CONQUERS ALL, AND WITH TEAM CANADA
Silvertips assistant coach Mitch Love, absent from the team this week, is currently serving Hockey Canada as assistant coach for the 2015 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge, Oct. 30-Nov. 7 in Dawson Creek and Fort St. John, B.C. Love is working with high-ranked players born in 1999 or later, eligible to compete for Canada with the National Men’s U-18 Team, National Junior Team and National Men’s Team.

ABSOLUTE POWER (PLAY)
The Silvertips power play ranks third in the ECHL at 29.0 percent (9-of-31) and went 1-of-2 on Wednesday against the Brandon Wheat Kings … Everett’s power play leads the WHL in home percentage at 41.2 percent (7-of-17) … Carson Stadnyk’s power play goal (2nd) gave the Silvertips a 1-0 lead over Brandon on Oct. 28 …  Patrick Bajkov and Noah Juulsen lead the Silvertips power play with four points each … a total of 12 Silvertips players, including goaltender Carter Hart, have registered at least one power play point this season.

HART OF STONE
Silvertips goaltender Carter Hart, entering his second full season of play in the WHL, ranks among the league’s leaders in several goaltending categories since beginning his career with the Silvertips. Entering today, Hart leads the WHL in goals-against-average for the last two seasons.

WHL GOALS AGAINST AVERAGE LEADERS*, SINCE START OF 2014-15 SEASON:

RANK PLAYER TEAM GAA SV W L OTL SOL
1 Carter Hart EVT 2.37 1379 30 13 0 5
2 Jake Morrissey VAN 2.45 366 8 4 0 0
3 Logan Flodell SEA 2.48 427 8 5 0 1
4 Taran Kozun SEA 2.50 1687 35 21 0 5
5 Michael Herringer KEL 2.54 604 19 4 0 0

* Minimum 500 minutes played

PROSPECT UPDATE
BRETT KEMP (F): selected by the Silvertips in the second round (41st overall) in the 2015 WHL Bantam Draft. Kemp, 15, was selected to Team Saskatchewan for the 2015 Western Conference U16 Challenge Cup, which started Wednesday (Kemp had an assist)  in Calgary. Kemp was selected among the highest-rated players in the Under-16 category representing the four Western Canadian provinces of Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba and Saskatchewan. Kemp was third in his league’s scoring last season with the Yorkton Terriers (Saskatchewan Bantam AA Hockey League) with 79 points (37g-42a) in 30 games.

We May Use This On The Air! VS. Brandon (10/28)

Al Kinisky and I have pregame coverage at 6:30pm on FOX Sports 1380. What a matchup tonight, considering the future NHL talent that will take the ice. You can wedge Carter Hart in with Noah Juulsen, Ivan Provorov and Jayce Hawryluk (all pictured above).

Not to be buried in the storylines: Dario Winkler will make his debut tonight. He’ll have plenty of motivation against the team that waived him several days ago.

LISTEN LIVE: Fox Sports 1380
1ST INTERMISSION GUEST: Mitch Love (via phone, from the 2015 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge)


TONIGHT’S MATCHUP
The Silvertips host the Brandon Wheat Kings in the only matchup of the season between the two teams. The Silvertips are currently in the middle of a four-game homestand (1-1-0-0) and host Brandon for the first time since Nov. 1, 2013 when Brandon took the lone matchup, 6-3 at XFINITY Arena. The Silvertips are 8-4-0-0 in the all-time series and the last time the two teams met was in Brandon on Jan. 6, 2015, a 5-0 Silvertips victory (Carson Stadnyk had the game-winning goal). The Silvertips will play in their second East Division matchup and previously defeated Prince Albert, 5-2 at XFINITY Arena on Oct. 11.
SPECIAL GUEST IN THE HOUSE:
Marc Bergevin, general manager of the Montreal Canadiens. Safe to say he’s got his eye on Noah Juulsen.

HEAD-TO-HEAD: DIGESTING THE WHEATIES
The Brandon Wheat Kings are visiting Everett for the first time since 2013-14 and were defeated by the Seattle Thunderbirds last night, 7-2 in Kent, Wash. Brandon is second in the East Division, carrying a record of 8-3-0-2 (18 points), leading the league with a +21 goal differential and 57 goals this season. On the blueline, defenseman Ivan Provrov was selected in the first round (seventh overall) by the Philadelphia Flyers in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft while forward John Quennenville was selected in the first round (30th overall) by the New Jersey Devils in the 2014 draft. Jayce Hawryluk (Florida’s second round draftee in 2014) is off to a torrid start – 19 points in 12 games.

Time to aim for the first home win over the Wheat Kings since the Jon Rosen era.

SILVERTIPS HEAD-TO-HEAD RECORD: 8-4-0-0 (overall), 3-3-0-0 (home)
LAST SILVERTIPS HOME WIN: 10/26/07, 5-2 win (GWG: Dane Crowley)
LAST MEETING: 1/6/15 in Brandon, 5-0 win (GWG: Carson Stadnyk)

LAST 3 GAMES:
EVT 2 – SEA 0 (10/24/15): Carter Hart made 32 saves for his sixth career shutout and Connor Dewar added a goal and an assist to lead the Everett Silvertips (5-3-0-0, 10 points) to a 2-0 victory over the Seattle Thunderbirds before a crowd of 7,311 at XFINITY Arena on Saturday. The Silvertips earned their third win in four home games, and snapped Seattle’s six-game winning streak. Lucas Skrumeda added a second period goal, while Hart’s shutout was his second of the season, following up a 25-save effort last night against Portland. He improved to 3-0 in three lifetime appearances against the Thunderbirds.

POR 2 – EVT 0 (10/23/15): Adin Hill recorded 31 saves for his second shutout of the season, lifting the Portland Winterhawks over the Everett Silvertips, 2-0 before 3,623 fans at XFINITY Arena on Friday. The Silvertips, who entered tonight with the least amount of games played in the WHL this season (and played just four times in the last 26 days), dropped their second straight loss despite a 25 save effort from Carter Hart. 

POR 5 – EVT 1 (10/16/15): Evan Weinger scored twice and the Portland Winterhawks broke a tie game with four unanswered goals, skating by the Everett Silvertips, 5-1 before 4,586 fans at Veterans Memorial Coliseum on Friday night. The Silvertips (4-2-0-0) had their three game winning streak snapped, logging their only goal on the power play with a Patrick Bajkov finish in the second period. Adin Hill stopped 33 shots for Portland and counterpart Carter Hart stopped 36 shots, replaced late in the game by Mario Petit (5 saves).

MILESTONE TRACKER

  • Remi Laurencelle is 1 game away from 100 in his Silvertips career and 200 in his WHL career
  • Dawson Leedahl is 18 games away from 100 in his WHL and Silvertips career
  • Patrick Bajkov is 31 points away from 100 in his WHL career

STUCKY CELEBRATES A MILESTONE:
Silvertips equipment manager James Stucky is scheduled to work the 1,500th game in his career tonight. The native of Burien, Wash. has served the Silvertips in his capacity since the inception of the franchise in 2003, having previously worked in the American Hockey League with Cincinnati, in the IHL with Indianapolis and in the CHL with Memphis from 1993-2003.

LOVE CONQUERS ALL, AND WITH TEAM CANADA
Silvertips assistant coach Mitch Love, absent from the team this week, is currently serving Hockey Canada as assistant coach for the 2015 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge, Oct. 30-Nov. 7 in Dawson Creek and Fort St. John, B.C. Love is working with high-ranked players born in 1999 or later, eligible to compete for Canada with the National Men’s U-18 Team, National Junior Team and National Men’s Team.

ALUMNI UPDATE: BYRON FROESE
Byron Froese (2008-10) became the 14th player to suit up for the Everett Silvertips and play in the NHL, making his debut last Saturday with the Toronto Maple Leafs of the NHL. He skated at Bell Centre against the Montreal Canadiens, recorded a pair of shots on goal, two hits and five face-off wins in 12:50 of ice time and wore #56. With the Silvertips, Froese earned 118 points in 142 games before moving onto the Cincinnati Cyclones of the ECHL – where he had 80 points in 83 games and an Eastern Conference title. Last season, Froese collected 42 points in 46 games last season with the Marlies, and 3 goals in 4 games this season.

 

HART OF STONE

Silvertips goaltender Carter Hart, entering his second full season of play in the WHL, ranks among the league’s leaders in several goaltending categories since beginning his career with the Silvertips. Entering today, Hart leads the WHL in goals-against-average for the last two seasons.

WHL GOALS AGAINST AVERAGE LEADERS*, SINCE START OF 2014-15 SEASON:

RANK PLAYER TEAM GAA SV W L OTL SOL
1 Carter Hart EVT 2.38 1341 30 13 5 3
2 Jake Morrissey VAN 2.45 366 8 4 0 1
3 Logan Flodell SEA 2.48 427 8 5 1 1
4 Taran Kozun SEA 2.50 1687 35 21 5 4
5 Michael Herringer KEL 2.54 604 19 4 0 0

* Minimum 500 minutes played

PROSPECT UPDATE
BRETT KEMP (F): selected by the Silvertips in the second round (41st overall) in the 2015 WHL Bantam Draft. Kemp, 15, was selected to Team Saskatchewan for the 2015 Western Conference U16 Challenge Cup, beginning tonight in Calgary. Kemp was selected among the highest-rated players in the Under-16 category representing the four Western Canadian provinces of Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba and Saskatchewan. Kemp was third in his league’s scoring last season with the Yorkton Terriers (Saskatchewan Bantam AA Hockey League) with 79 points (37g-42a) in 30 games.

We May Use This On The Air! VS. Seattle (10/24)

Game 8 of 73 tonight, 7:05pm. It’ll be a big one in Silvertip Country, and the whole place will be decked out in pink.

Wouldn’t be doing my job to encourage you to make a donation with your ticket purchase – it’s all going for a terrific cause (which connects to a conversation we’ll have, 1st intermission with Tips forward Brandon Ralph).

LISTEN: Fox Sports 1380

TONIGHT’S MATCHUP
The Silvertips host the Seattle Thunderbirds in the first of nine meetings this season and the seventh annual “Pink The Rink” game. The Silvertips are 58-50-14 lifetime in the head-to-head series and last season went 5-3-0-2 against the Thunderbirds. The game will feature two NHL first round draft selections, Noah Juulsen (Montreal) of Everett and Matthew Barzal (NY Islanders) of Seattle. The Silvertips are 0-1-0-0 in a four game homestand, which opened last night against Portland.

FYI
The Silvertips welcome Rob Ramage, player development coach of the Montreal Canadiens, to XFINITY Arena.

HEAD-TO-HEAD: BIRD BITS
The Seattle Thunderbirds, who play out of ShoWare Center in Kent, Wash., are led by head coach Steve Konowalchuk (a former NHL forward of 13 seasons with Washington and Colorado). The Thunderbirds finished third in the U.S. Division last season with a record of 38-25-4-5 and were led by Ryan Gropp’s 58 points in in 67 games. Logan Flodell enters tonight third in league goals-against-average with a 1.90 mark. The last time the two teams met was 3/14/15 at XFINITY Arena, a 3-1 victory before 8,345 fans. The Silvertips went 3-1-0-1 last season at home against Seattle.

(FYI: their assistant coach is Matt O’Dette, a longtime friend, golf playing partner and colleague from my days with the Stockton Thunder/ECHL.)

LAST 3 GAMES:
POR 2 – EVT 0 (10/23/15): Adin Hill recorded 31 saves for his second shutout of the season, lifting the Portland Winterhawks over the Everett Silvertips, 2-0 before 3,623 fans at XFINITY Arena on Friday. The Silvertips, who entered tonight with the least amount of games played in the WHL this season (and played just four times in the last 26 days), dropped their second straight loss despite a 25 save effort from Carter Hart.

POR 5 – EVT 1 (10/16/15): Evan Weinger scored twice and the Portland Winterhawks broke a tie game with four unanswered goals, skating by the Everett Silvertips, 5-1 before 4,586 fans at Veterans Memorial Coliseum on Friday night. The Silvertips (4-2-0-0) had their three game winning streak snapped, logging their only goal on the power play with a Patrick Bajkov finish in the second period. Adin Hill stopped 33 shots for Portland and counterpart Carter Hart stopped 36 shots, replaced late in the game by Mario Petit (5 saves).

EVT 5 – PA 2 (10/11/15): Noah Juulsen scored the eventual game-winning goal in his regular season debut, while Devon Skoleski buried the first two goals of his WHL career and Carter Hart made 34 saves to lift the Everett Silvertips to a 3-1 victory over the host Portland Winterhawks, before a crowd of 9,581 at Moda Center on Saturday. Everett (2-1-0-0, 4 points), sending the Winterhawks to their third straight loss to start the season, spoiled their home opener with three unanswered goals while Jake Christiansen and Sean Mallonee, each playing in just their second game of their career, gathered their first WHL points.

NOTABLE STREAKS

  • Patrick Bajkov has 5 points in 7 games
  • Remi Laurencelle has 12 points in 14 games (dating back to last season)
  • Noah Juulsen has 5 points (2g-3a) in 5 games

MILESTONE TRACKER

  • Remi Laurencelle is 2 games away from 100 in his Silvertips career and 200 in his WHL career
  • Dawson Leedahl is 19 games away from 100 in his WHL and Silvertips career
  • Patrick Bajkov is 31 points away from 100 in his WHL career

ABOUT TONIGHT’S EVENT
PINK THE RINK: The seventh annual event at XFINITY Arena designed to support fundraising for breast cancer treatment programs, the Silvertips have raised nearly half of a million dollars and will host a jersey auction tonight for game-worn jerseys utilized in the last two days. Proceeds from ticket sales will support the Providence General Foundation. The Silvertips will give away glow sticks to the first 5,000 fans in attendance.

 

ALUMNI UPDATE: BYRON FROESE

Byron Froese (2008-10) was recalled on Friday to the Toronto Maple Leafs of the NHL. With the Silvertips, Froese earned 118 points in 142 games before moving onto the Cincinnati Cyclones of the ECHL – where he had 80 points in 83 games and an Eastern Conference title. Last season, Froese collected 42 points in 46 games last season with the Marlies, and 3 goals in 4 games this season. Should he make his debut in the NHL tonight vs. Montreal, Froese will become the 14th Silvertips alumni to make his NHL debut.

HART OF STONE
Silvertips goaltender Carter Hart, entering his second full season of play in the WHL, ranks among the league’s leaders in several goaltending categories since beginning his career with the Silvertips. Entering today, Hart leads the WHL in goals-against-average for the last two seasons.

WHL GOALS AGAINST AVERAGE LEADERS*, SINCE START OF 2014-15 SEASON:

RANK PLAYER TEAM GAA SV W L OTL SOL
1 Carter Hart EVT 2.43 1309 29 13 0 5
2 Jake Morrissey VAN 2.45 366 8 4 0 0
3 Taran Kozun SEA 2.50 1687 35 21 0 5
Logan Flodell SEA 2.50 405 8 4 0 1
5 Michael Herringer KEL 2.54 604 19 4 0 0

* Minimum 500 minutes played

BYRON FROESE WATCH
We’ve got eyes on former Tips forward Byron Froese, set to become the 14th former member the Silvertips to play in the NHL. Toronto faces Montreal tonight. He’ll wear #56.

We May Use This On The Air: vs. Portland (10/23)

Game 7 of 72, tonight at 7:35pm.

We’ll talk with you beginning at 7:00 p.m. on 1520 KKXA and WHL Live.

TONIGHT: The Silvertips host the Portland Winterhawks tonight in the third matchup between the teams this season. In the last matchup at Veterans Memorial Coliseum on October 16, the Winterhawks defeated the Silvertips, 5-1 to level the season series, 1-1-0-0. The next time the two teams will meet is Friday, Oct. 30 at XFINITY Arena. The Silvertips are 60-53-13 lifetime against the Winterhawks and are hosting Portland at home for the first time this season. In 2014-15, the Silvertips went 3-1-1-0 at home against Portland.

ANY SURPRISE LINEUP REVISIONS?:  As of right now, no. Dario Winkler, claimed off waivers from the Brandon Wheat Kings, has been cleared to play with his passport coming through. But it would be extremely surprising for him to see game action this weekend based on his circumstances of no ice time, while the red tape clears.

HEAD-TO-HEAD:  The Portland Winterhawks, led by head coach Jamie Kompon (in his second season as head coach), finished second in the U.S. Division last season at 43-23-2-4 and were eliminated in six games by the Kelowna Rockets, the eventual league champion, in the Western Conference Final. The Winterhawks began the season returning a pair of 20-year old forwards, defenseman Blake Heinrich and right winger Alex Schoenborn. Forward Paul Bittner is the returning leading scorer with 71 points in 66 games last season, and forward Olivier Bjorkstrand, who led the league with 118 points in 59 games, is currently in the American Hockey League with the Lake Erie Monsters. Portland is 2-6-0-0, defeated by Tri-City, 4-2 in their last game on Oct. 17.

NOTABLE STREAKS

  • Patrick Bajkov has 5 points in 6 games
  • Remi Laurencelle has 12 points in 13 games (dating back to last season)
  • Noah Juulsen has 5 points (2g-3a) in 4 games

MILESTONE TRACKER

  • Remi Laurencelle is 3 games away from 100 in his Silvertips career and 200 in his WHL career
  • Dawson Leedahl is 20 games away from 100 in his WHL and Silvertips career
  • Patrick Bajkov is 31 points away from 100 in his WHL career

HART OF STONE

Silvertips goaltender Carter Hart, entering his second full season of play in the WHL, ranks among the league’s leaders in several goaltending categories since beginning his career with the Silvertips. Entering Thursday, Hart is tied for the WHL lead in goals-against-average in the last two seasons.

WHL GOALS AGAINST AVERAGE LEADERS*, SINCE START OF 2014-15 SEASON:

RANK PLAYER TEAM GAA SV W L OTL SOL
1 Carter Hart EVT 2.45 1284 29 12 5 3
Jake Morrissey VAN 2.45 366 8 4 0 1
3 Taran Kozun SEA 2.50 1687 35 21 5 4
Logan Flodell SEA 2.50 405 8 4 1 1
5 Michael Herringer KEL 2.57 575 18 4 0 0

* Minimum 500 minutes played

PROSPECT UPDATE … BRETT KEMP (F): selected by the Silvertips in the second round (41st overall) in the 2015 WHL Bantam Draft. Kemp, 15, was selected to Team Saskatchewan for the 2015 Western Conference U16 Challenge Cup, beginning October 28 in Calgary. Kemp was selected among the highest-rated players in the Under-16 category representing the four Western Canadian provinces of Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba and Saskatchewan. Kemp was third in his league’s scoring last season with the Yorkton Terriers (Saskatchewan Bantam AA Hockey League) with 79 points (37g-42a) in 30 games. The kid can flat out score, and he’s recently jumped into the Twitter scene (@Kemp_2000).

ALUMNI UPDATE: Byron Froese (2008-10) was recalled today to the Toronto Maple Leafs of the NHL. This guy was good at major junior – 118 points in 142 games. He was good in the ECHL – 80 points in 83 games and an Eastern Conference title with Cincinnati in 2013-14 (I watched him and his rifle of a snapshot with amazement in the Kelly Cup Finals). He’s been good in the AHL – 42 points in 46 games last season with the Marlies, and 3 goals in 4 games this season. That’s well deserving of a call-up.

If he plays in Toronto’s next game (tomorrow vs. Montreal), he’ll become the 14th Silvertips alumnus to make his debut in the NHL. All the best to Byron!

NEXT 3 GAMES                                                                             COVERAGE

Saturday, October 24         vs. Seattle                    7:05pm            Fox Sports 1380 AM

Wednesday, October 28          vs. Brandon                 7:05pm            Fox Sports 1380 AM

Friday, October 30             vs. Portland                  7:35pm            Classic Country 1520 AM KXA