Game 51:Thunderbirds drop eighth in a row as they are clipped by the Tips
(21-23-3-4) Everett Silvertips 2, (18-24-4-5) Seattle Thunderbirds 1
Dillon with a goal…Harrison has a goal and an assist
KENT– The Thunderbirds drop four points behind the Tips in the standings as they lose their eighth in a row. They had a golden opportunity in the third period, down 2-1, with a five minute power play but could only manage two shots and did not score.
The Birds went on the power ply at 1:20 of the first period when Tyler Maxwell was called Interference. They did not convert and had no shots on net.
Everett went on the power play at 5:35. Brenden Dillon was called for Delay of Game. They did not convert and had five shots.
The Tips went back to the power play when Dillon took a Holding penalty at 10:39. They converted to go up 1-0. Ryan Murray scored his third goal of the season at 11:50.
The Birds got a power play opportunity at 19:05. Kieran Friesen went to the box for Interference.
1:06 of power play time would carry over into the second period.
At the end of the first period the Tips led 1-0. Shots were 9-9.
A sloppy start to the second period as the Tips had a couple of scoring chances on the Birds power play.
Some four on four play at 4:07 when Justin Hickman and Scott MacDonald went off for Roughing.
The Birds tied the game 1-1 when Dillon (6) slapped one past Kent Simpson (15-16-3-4). It was assisted by Dave Sutter and Marcel Noebels. Time of the goal was 12:44.
Seattle went to the power play at 14:12. Jari Erricson was called for Tripping. They did not convert and had no shots.
The Tips went up 2-1 at 17:15. Ryan Harrison scored his 17th of the season. It was scored from a bad angle to the left of Calvin Pickard (18-22-3-5).
The Tips led 2-1 after 40 minutes. Shots in the period were 15-9 in favor of Everett. They also led 24-18 overall.
The Birds got a five minute advantage when Dillon was slammed into the goal post by Harrison, who received a major Checking from Behind penalty. It came with an automatic Game Misconduct. The Birds could not convert and got only two shots in the five minute advantage.
“I’m responsible for the power play and it has to be better,” said Rob Sumner . “Dillon wasn’t available and I changed the units around. It was a great opportunity and we didn’t get it done.”
They went back to the power play at 10:21. Murray went off for Slashing. That was negated when Dillon was called for Roughing at 10:34.
Colin Jacobs was called for Slashing at 12:40 to put Everett on the power play. They did not convert.
With just under a minute left Pickard was pulled in favor of the extra attacker.
The Birds couldn’t tie it up and lost 2-1.
Shots in the third were 11-9 in favor of the Birds. The Tips out shot the Birds 33-29 overall.
With the loss the Birds fall further behind in the playoff race. They have lost their last eight while Everett has won three in a row now. Sumner was asked how he can keep the team positive in such a tough stretch. “We’re still in a race. We have 21 games left and we need to get our heads up and get back out there. We will get a couple of key guys back in and that will give us a little push. Points have been hard to come by and giving them to Everett doesn’t help but we’re still in a race.”
The Birds seem very tight offensively and the lone goal of the game was scored by a D-man (Dillon). “You have to get over that (tightness),” said Sumner. “We know the race is on. It was a tough weekend as far as points are concerned. We did a lot of good things last night and some more tonight but the results weren’t there.”
Not only weren’t the results there but several guys, key leaders on the team simply haven’t been showing up lately. Burke Gallimore really needs to step things up. Not sure what the case is but he hasn’t produced the way he is capable of over the last few weeks. I hate to use the term “dogging it” but that’s the way it seems. Without guys like him and Jacobs, Lockhart etc…the Birds do not make the playoffs.
21 games to go, 13 of which are at home. The leaders of this team need to step to the plate. Both Everett and Seattle had three games in three nights. Everett got six points, the Birds got none.
The Thunderbirds next game is Tuesday night against the Edmonton Oil Kings. Game time is 7 pm and it can be heard live at MyNorthwest.com.
– D Shea Theodore was a healthy scratch
– The Birds home record drops to 7-12-1-3.
– The Birds record against the U.S. Division drops to 8-16-0-3.
– Seattle is now 2-5 against Everett (1-2 home, 1-3 road).
– Seattle was 0 for 5 on the power play, Everett was 1 for 4.
Game Summary: (courtesy of the WHL website)
1st Period-1, Everett, Murray 3 (Harrison, Yadlowski), 11:50 (PP). Penalties-Maxwell Evt (interference), 1:20; Dillon Sea (delay of game), 5:35; Dillon Sea (holding), 10:39; Friesen Evt (interference), 19:05.
2nd Period-2, Seattle, Dillon 6 (Sutter, Noebels), 12:44. 3, Everett, Harrison 17 (Stanfield), 17:15. Penalties-MacDonald Evt (roughing), 4:07; Hickman Sea (roughing), 4:07; Erricson Evt (tripping), 14:12.
3rd Period- No Scoring.Penalties-Harrison Evt (major-check/behind, game misconduct), 5:16; Murray Evt (slashing), 10:21; Dillon Sea (roughing), 10:34; Jacobs Sea (slashing), 12:40; Jacobs Sea (10-minute misconduct), 20:00; Toomey Sea (charging), 20:00.
Shots on Goal-Everett 9-15-9-33. Seattle 9-9-11-29.
Play Opportunities-Everett 1 / 4; Seattle 0 / 5.
Goalies-Everett, Simpson 15-16-3-4 (29 shots-28 saves). Seattle, Pickard 18-22-3-5 (33 shots-31 saves).
Referees-Brett Montsion, Jeff Ingram.
Linesmen-Justin Hull (49), Chris Sweeting (137).