Game 66: Thunderbirds pull out OT victory over Silvertips

Mar 5, 2011, 9:58 PM | Updated: Apr 6, 2011, 11:23 am

(25-32-4-5) Seattle Thunderbirds 3, (27-27-7-4) Everett Silvertips 2

Gallimore scores the OT game winner..Button, Toomey, and Dillon all with two points each

KENT– With their playoff hopes down to just a handful of remaining games the Thunderbirds earn a hard fought two points by defeating the Silvertips 3-2 in overtime. The Birds are now three points out of a playoff spot with six games left.

Brenden Dillon (7) put the Birds up 1-0 just 40 seconds into the game. The goal was assisted by Ryan Button and Travis Toomey.

The Tips struck back at 2:56 when Parker Stanfield (12) knocked one in off a failed clearing attempt in front of Calvin Pickard (25-30-3-5).

Everett went on the power play at 4:45. Dillon was called for High Sticking. They didn’t convert.

Seattle got a power play chance at 7:30 when Cody Fowlie was called for Tripping. Toomey (21) put the Birds up 2-1 when he slapped a rebound past Luke Siemens (6-7-2-0) at 9:10. Assists were from Brendan Rouse and Button.

Toomey went to the box for Roughing at 15:56. The Tips didn’t convert on the power play.

Dillon was called for Delay of Game at 19:07 putting Everett back on the power play.

After 20 minutes the Birds led 2-1. They also led in shots 13-11.

Everett didn’t convert on their remaining power play time to start the second period.

The Birds went on the power play at 2:16 when Rasmus Rissanen was called for Tripping. They didn’t convert and had one shot on net.

Everett tied the game 2-2 when Landon Ferraro notched his 10th goal of the season at 5:30.

The Birds went on the power play at 11:30. It would be a five on three advantage for two minutes. Josh Winquist was called for Holding and Brennan Yadlowski for High Sticking. They could not convert despite getting seven shots. “If you’re disorganized and they ice it a bunch of times then (maybe its a downer),” said Rob Sumner about not scoring. “But we were in control.. seven shots and hit a post, it just didn’t go in. We talked about that, saying let’s just keep the momentum from that and build as opposed to getting down.”

Everett went on the power play at 16:39. Mitch Elliot was called for Tripping. They didn’t convert.

After two periods the game was tied 2-2. Shots in the period were 13-9 in favor of the Birds. They also led 26-20 in shots overall.

A fight to start the third period as Dillon and Ferraro dropped the gloves. Each got five minutes after Dillon pummeled Ferraro into a turtle position.

The Birds went on the power play at 2:04 when Nick Walters was called for Hooking. They didn’t convert and had one shot.

Seattle thought they went up 3-2 just past the halfway mark of the period but the goal was deemed to have been hit in by a hand after a video review and a referee conference.

No scoring in the third period so we would go to overtime tied 3-3. Shots in the third period were 13-9 in favor of the Birds. They led 39-29 in shots overall.

The Birds would get a power play chance at 3:33 of OT when Clayton Cumiskey was called for Interference.

With 16 seconds left Burke Gallimore (31) scored to give the Birds the 3-2 victory. The assists were from Dillon and Marcel Noebels. “We certainly had our chances and he (Siemens) made some saves, said Sumner. “We finally got it across.”

Shots in OT were 6-4 in favor of Seattle who out shot Everett 45-33.

“We needed the extra point,” said Sumner of the win. “We had a good effort, gritty game and all that but we needed the extra point so I’m pleased with the result.”

Sumner was asked about the teams ability to rebound after a bad loss like Friday night in Portland. “We’re not pleased with the way we played last night at all. But we are in the situation where when we play well and win, that game goes on the shelf and we have to do the same thing when we lose a game like last night.”

The Birds have now won five of their last six on home ice and Sumner was asked if the team is playing with more confidence at home. “I think so. There’s the magnitude of where we sit and we’re also playing well at home so those two things combined has helped.”

Toomey and Button were standouts tonight and Sumner was asked about their play. “Toomey is a great example of that desperation, that second effort we are trying to develop. “We missed Button for that long stretch. He has a great shot but he really tries to step up and win the game.”

The Birds now have five days without a game before taking on Chilliwack Friday night at the ShoWare Center. “The most important thing is to be ready for that next game,” said Sumner.”No matter what the schedule is.”

A little side note about the disallowed goal in the third period which would have put the Birds up 3-2 and possibly led to Everett not getting a point out of the game. The call on the ice was a goal. They went to video review in which they deemed the replay inconclusive. That means call on ice stands. Period.

However for some reason the ref who made the call decided to get the other three officials together and ask their opinions. It was then decided by a 3-1 vote that the puck was intentionally batted in with a glove.

How does the replay, from several different angles, in slow motion show nothing conclusive but three officials say some three minutes after the fact that it was intentional and conclusive? Impossible.

Also why don’t we see votes taken with every close call? Why just chose this situation? Did the official in charge think he was running the Supreme Court? Like a colleague of mine said, “What if the vote was 2-2? What next? Phone a friend? Rock, paper, scissors?”

Funny maybe, but the officiating in this league certainly isn’t funny and is anything but consistent.

The Thunderbirds play Friday night at the ShoWare Center against the Bruins. Game time is 7:30 pm. The action can be heard live at

Game Notes:

D Mitch Spooner was a healthy scratch as was D Jared Hauf .

– The Thunderbirds home record improves to 12-16-1-3.

– Seattle finishes the season with three straight wins over the Tips and end up 5-5 against them (3-2 home, 2-3 road)

– Seattle was 2 for 6 on the power play. Everett was 0 for 4.

Game Summary: (courtesy of the WHL website)

1st Period-1, Seattle, Dillon 7 (Button, Toomey), 0:40. 2, Everett, Stanfield 12 (Hayer, Suer), 2:56. 3, Seattle, Toomey 21 (Rouse, Button), 9:10 (PP). Penalties-Dillon Sea (high sticking), 4:45; Fowlie Evt (tripping), 7:30; Toomey Sea (roughing), 15:56; Dillon Sea (delay of game), 19:07.

2nd Period-4, Everett, Ferraro 10 (Maxwell), 5:30. Penalties-Rissanen Evt (tripping), 2:16; Winquist Evt (holding), 11:30; Yadlowski Evt (high sticking), 11:30; Elliot Sea (tripping), 16:39.

3rd Period- No Scoring.Penalties-Ferraro Evt (major-fighting), 0:07; Dillon Sea (major-fighting), 0:07; Walters Evt (hooking), 2:04.

OT Period-5, Seattle, Gallimore 31 (Dillon, Noebels), 4:44 (PP). Penalties-Walters Evt (interference), 3:33.

Shots on Goal-Everett 11-9-9-4-33. Seattle 13-13-13-6-45.

Power Play Opportunities-Everett 0 / 4; Seattle 2 / 6.

Goalies-Everett, Siemens 6-7-2-0 (45 shots-42 saves). Seattle, Pickard 25-30-3-5 (33 shots-31 saves).


Referees-Trent Knorr (42), Jason Nissen (91).

Linesmen-Justin Hull (49), Chris Sweeting (137).


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