By the numbers last night, where the Silvertips exorcised a few demons:
- 5 goals: most since Oct. 11 vs. Prince Albert (9 of the last 10 games they had less than 3 goals)
- Lead after one period: first time since Nov. 1 at Portland (just the third time this season – now 2-0-1 in that dept.)
- Remi Laurencelle goal: his first since Oct. 10 – broke a nine game goal-scoring drought
- Dario Winkler assist (a rocket feed to Kevin Davis, stationed at the point): broke a five-game scoring drought
Of course, we can’t leave out other important facts, like limiting shots (second time this season, under 20), scoring the first goal of the game (thanks Graham Millar – that’s now 7 of the last 9 games for the Tips), and a dash of Carter Hart. Two goals allowed isn’t exactly invincible status, but both were scored on the power play (one on a two-man advantage). His numbers since Oct. 23: 5-3-1, 1.43 GAA, .946 save percentage.
Last night’s audio below.
LISTEN: Prospect Nick Henry – 1st intermission
LISTEN: Kevin Constantine pregame
LISTEN: Silvertips Replay
TONIGHT: Jon Martin and the Swift Current Broncos, for the first and only meeting of the season. We would be drumming the humongous prospect battle between Noah Juulsen and Jake DeBrusk for many Habs/Bruins rivalry games to come, but DeBrusk didn’t suit up last night, and has been ruled out indefinitely after suffering a lower body injury whilst blocking a shot, Nov. 4. He just had surgery.
Martin will still command plenty of attention. He exploded after a trade from Kootenay to emerge tied for second in league scoring with 35 points in 19 games. That’ll draw some pro scout eyeballs.
ON AIR: 6:30pm
LISTEN LIVE: Fox Sports 1380
GUESTS: Kevin Constantine (pregame), Jake Christiansen (pregame), Remi Laurencelle (pregame), Noah Juulsen (1st intermission)
UPDATE: Cole MacDonald is in (6:26PM)!
The Silvertips end a stretch of back-to-back games at home tonight, hosting the Swift Current Broncos in the only meeting of the season between the two teams. Fans in attendance can participate in the “Movemberfest” promotion, offering opportunities to support the Silvertips in their fundraising for men’s health during the month of November, associated with moustache growth. The Silvertips carry an all-time record of 8-4-0 against Swift Current, last meeting on Jan. 10, 2015 in a 3-1 victory. The Silvertips are playing in their third game this season against an East Division opponent (1-0-0-1 record).
HEAD-TO-HEAD: HOLD YOUR HORSES
Saturday’s game is the first meeting between the Silvertips and Broncos at XFINITY Arena since Oct. 20, 2013 (the Silvertips defeated Swift Current, 4-1), the 13th meeting since the series began in 2003-04. The Silvertips are 8-4-0 in the series but have won eight of the last 10 head-to-head meetings, outscoring the Broncos 34-21 in the series. Swift Current reached the postseason last year with a record of 34-33-1-4 and returning forward Jake DeBrusk (missing since Nov. 4 due to injury) – a first round selection (14th overall) of the Boston Bruins in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft – was signed by Boston this week to an entry level contract. Broncos general manager and head coach Mark Lamb skated in 403 career NHL games as a defenseman, won a Stanley Cup with Edmonton in 1990, and has seven seasons with assistant coach experience in the NHL.
SILVERTIPS HEAD-TO-HEAD RECORD: 8-4-0-0 (overall), 2-3-0-0 (home)
LAST SILVERTIPS HOME WIN: 10/20/13, 4-1 victory (Josh Winquist, 1g-2a; Ivan Nikolishin, GWG)
LAST MEETING: 1/10/15, 3-1 victory (Noah Juulsen, GWG; Carter Hart, 28 saves)
LAST 3 GAMES:
EVT 5 – SPO 2 (11/13/15): Linemates Matt Fonteyne and Patrick Bajkov each collected a pair of points while goaltender Carter Hart turned in 15 saves, helping the Everett Silvertips cruise past the Spokane Chiefs in a 5-2 victory before 4,022 fans at XFINITY Arena on Friday night. The Silvertips, exacting revenge on Wednesday’s 3-0 defeat, improved to 2-1-0-0 in the series and 6-2-0-1 on the home schedule, welcoming assistant coach Mitch Love (gold medal at the Under-17 challenge), defenseman Noah Juulsen and goaltender Carter Hart (Canada-Russia series) back for their first home game from success with Hockey Canada. The Silvertips never trailed in the game and ran away with three unanswered goals in the final period.
SPO 3 – EVT 0 (11/11/15): Lasse Petersen earned a 24-save shutout in his debut, helping the Spokane Chiefs get by the Everett Silvertips, 3-0 at Spokane Arena on Wednesday night. The Silvertips (8-5-1-1) had their three-game win streak come to an end, backed by Carter Hart’s 29 saves after his return at 5:00 p.m. to Spokane Arena from the Canada vs. Russia Series. The Silvertips, without Noah Juulsen in the lineup (rest), were shut out for the second time this season and fell to 1-1-0-0 in the series.
EVT 3 – VAN 2 (11/7/15): Patrick Bajkov scored a goal, added a pair of assists and the Everett Silvertips pounded the Vancouver Giants for three goals in the second period for a 3-2 victory before 5,208 fans at XFINITY Arena on Saturday. By winning their third in a row, the Silvertips (8-4-0-1, 17 points) kept pace behind the Seattle Thunderbirds, four points off the U.S. Division leads (Everett has four games in hand). The Silvertips busted a power play drought of three games, scoring on both chsances while limiting Vancouver’s man advantage to an 0-of-2 clip. Matt Fonteyne added a goal and an assist, while Carter Hart turned in a 31 save effort.
LOVE CONQUERS ALL, AND WITH TEAM CANADA
Silvertips assistant coach Mitch Love returned to the Everett bench this week after helping capture the gold medal for 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 worked 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.
MORE TIPS, MORE TEAM CANADA
Goaltender Carter Hart (draft eligible in 2016) and defenseman Noah Juulsen (first round selection of Montreal, 2015) represented the Tips and the WHL for Hockey Canada in the 2015 CHL Canada Russia Series, which got underway Monday in Kelowna with Juulsen (goal) and Hart (six saves) contributing in a 7-3 victory over Russia. Hart and Juulsen (+3 in Tuesday’s game at Kamloops) competed along with seven additional first round selections of the NHL Entry Draft.
- Dawson Leedahl is 11 games away from 100 in his WHL and Silvertips career
- Patrick Bajkov is 25 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 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.
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 11 of the first 15 games … 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 29.0 shots allowed per game are fifth in the WHL … the Silvertips are 7-2-0-0 when tied after one period
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:
* Minimum 500 minutes played