Game 49: Thunderbirds dominated in Everett as they drop their sixth straight

Jan 28, 2011, 9:55 PM | Updated: Apr 6, 2011, 11:23 am

(19-23-3-4) Everett Silvertips 7, (18-22-4-5)Seattle Thunderbirds 0

Fowlie and Maxwell with two goals each..Simpson with the shutout

EVERETT– The Thunderbirds went into Everett with a week’s rest, knowing a vital four point swing game was up ahead. They end up dropping the contest by a score of 7-0. It was their sixth straight loss and seventh straight on the road.

The Silvertips picked up the first power play of the game when Dave Sutter was called for Delay of Game at 1:17. They did not convert.

Everett went up 1-0 when Tyler Maxwell scored his 30th goal of the season at 10:24.

The Tips went back on the power play when Sutter took his second penalty, this time for Tripping at 11:06.

That power play was negated when Maxwell was called for Tripping at 11:33 and the teams would skate four on four.

Clayton Cumiskey scored his 6th goal of the season to put the Tips up 2-0 at the 12:10 mark. He skated around the Birds defense and got a point blank shot past Calvin Pickard (18-20-3-5).

The Birds got a two man advantage at 12:52 when Josh Birkholz was called for Hooking. The didn’t convert on either the two man advantage or the five on four advantage.

The Birds went into the first intermission down 2-0. They were out shot 13-9.

The Tips went up 3-0 when Josh Winquist (5) shot one past Pickard at 4:23.

Everett scored again just 10 seconds later and took a 4-0 lead off of a bad defensive zone giveaway. Cody Fowlie took advantage and scored his 4th goal of the season at 4:33.

Rob Sumner took his time out.

Chance Lund was called for Tripping at 6:29 to put Everett on the power play. They did not convert.

The Birds went on the power play with 1:39 remaining. Tyler Giebel went to the box for Tripping. The final 21 seconds of the power play would carry over into the third period.

The Birds were down 4-0 after 40 minutes. Shots in the second period were 10-10. Everett led in shots 23-19 overall.

The Tips went up 5-0 at 3:25 when Maxwell scored his second goal of the night and 31st of the season.

Just 55 seconds later the Tips went up 6-0. Birkholz scored off the face off. It was his 12th goal of the season and it was scored at 4:20.

Pickard was pulled and Michael Salmon took over in net.

The Birds went on the power play at 6:12. Scott MacDonald was called for Tripping. They didn’t convert.

Everett went up 7-0 at 10:56 when Fowlie scored his second goal of the night and 5th of the season.

At 16:14 Travis Toomey and Cumiskey dropped the gloves near the benches. It would end their respective nights.

The Tips went on the power play with just over two minutes remaining as Connor Sanvido was called for Roughing. He also got a 10 minute misconduct.

Garbage time continued and with one minute left Birkholz and Tyler Alos went at it with each getting five minutes.

The Birds were shutout by the Tips 7-0. It was Kent Simpson (13-16-3-4) got his first shutout of the season.

Shots in the third period were 17-8 in favor of the Birds. They also outshot the Tips 35-31 overall.

This huge loss comes down to a few key factors. Pickard simply didn’t have a good game and Simpson did. There were at least a few goals that when Calvin is on do not go in. Simpson who has had his issues as of late, came up with some big saves. The Birds,as his been the case so many times this season played a terrible game in their own zone. Too many breakdowns and turnovers leading to quality scoring chances.

Those two issues you can deal with. You can make adjustments. The last issue, the fact that Everett just wanted this game more is a much bigger problem. If you can’t get up for a game in late January with the playoffs on the line then you have to look in the mirror and wonder why you play the game to begin with. It’s inexcusable.

There are certain guys that have not been giving their best efforts as of late. This has to change or the Birds have no shot at making the playoffs.

After having a nice five day break and practicing daily Sumner was asked if the lopsided outcome of such a big game was disappointing. “Yes. We turned over the puck too much. I’m disappointed for sure.”

This Everett team came into the game with having scored the fewest goals in the league yet they have scored 13 goals in the last two games against the Birds. “Obviously too many goals to be giving up to be successful,” said Sumner. “It’s an issue.”

The Birds have two D-men out with shoulder issues, Ryan Button and Travis Bobbee. Therefore they had to play two 15 year olds, Jared Hauf and Shea Theodore. The issue is that the Birds don’t seem to playing through the injures well enough to compete. As far as the young players are concerned Sumner was happy with their effort. “I though they both played well. For their first game I thought they handled it well.”

Sumner was asked if the Birds didn’t want this game as much as the Silvertips did. “Yes. I thought we needed to be hungrier on the puck. They controlled the puck too freely. So yes they played a good game and we need to play better.”

After losing six straight it seems as though the Birds are playing stiff, tentative hockey. Maybe it’s a lack of confidence. “We’re playing a little bit unsure,” said Sumner. “We need to simply things. We’re turning over the puck in the neutral zone. We have to get it in, create possessions down low in their end. We really need to simplify things now.”

The Birds play the Portland Winterhawks Saturday night at the ShoWare Center. Game time is 7 pm. The action can be heard live at MyNorthwest.com

Game Notes:

– F Jacob Doty was serving a one game suspension for having three instigator penalties. D Austin Frank was a scratch.

-The Thunderbirds road record drops below .500 at 11-12-3-2.

-The Birds record against the U.S. Division drops to 8-14-0-3.

– Seattle was a minus 7 as a team tonight. Some notables were: (Dillon..minus 5, Gallimore..minus 4, Bonsor.. minus 3, Toomey.. minus 3)

– Both Seattle and Everett were 0 for 4 on the power play.

Game Summary: (courtesy of the WHL website)

1st Period-1, Everett, Maxwell 30 (Stanfield, Murray), 10:24. 2, Everett, Cumiskey 6 (MacDonald), 12:10. Penalties-Sutter Sea (delay of game), 1:17; Sutter Sea (tripping), 11:06; Maxwell Evt (tripping), 11:33; Birkholz Evt (hooking), 12:52.

2nd Period-3, Everett, Winquist 5 (Cumiskey), 4:23. 4, Everett, Fowlie 4 4:33. Penalties-Lund Sea (tripping), 6:39; Giebel Evt (tripping), 18:21.

3rd Period-5, Everett, Maxwell 31 (Stanfield, Harrison), 3:25. 6, Everett, Birkholz 12 (Fowlie), 4:20. 7, Everett, Fowlie 5 (Birkholz, Erricson), 10:56. Penalties-MacDonald Evt (tripping), 6:12; Toomey Sea (elbowing, major-fighting), 16:14; Cumiskey Evt (interference, major-fighting), 16:14; Sanvido Sea (roughing, roughing, 10-minute misconduct), 17:25; Rissanen Evt (roughing, 10-minute misconduct), 17:25; Alos Sea (major-fighting), 18:57; Birkholz Evt (major-fighting), 18:57.

Shots on Goal-Seattle 9-10-16-35. Everett 13-10-8-31.

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

Goalies-Seattle, Pickard 18-20-3-5 (26 shots-20 saves); Salmon 0-2-1-0 (5 shots-4 saves). Everett, Simpson 13-16-3-4 (35 shots-35 saves).

A-8,045

Referees-Pat Smith (12), Shane Warschaw (86).

Linesmen-Chris Carlson (92), Ron Dietterle (121).

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