Game 44: Thunderbirds fall to Tyler Maxwell and the Silvertips

Jan 15, 2011, 9:45 PM | Updated: Apr 6, 2011, 11:23 am

(18-20-2-4) Everett Silvertips 6,(18-18-4-4)Seattle Thunderbirds 5

Maxwell with four goals….Toomey nets two

EVERETT– Unfortunately for the Thunderbirds it was the Tyler Maxwell show at the Comcast Arena as he scores four goals and leads the Silvertips to a 6-5 win.

The Silvertips drew first blood when Maxwell (26) scored off a Birds giveaway in the defensive zone. The goal was scored at 10:35.

Another sloppy defensive zone play led to the the Tips taking a 2-0 lead. Ryan Harrison (14) cashed in for first his goal as a Silvertip.

Everett went on the power play at 19:30 when Ryan Button was called for Tripping. Harrison scored his second goal of the game and 15th of the season to put Everett up 3-0. The goal came with four seconds left in the period.

Shots were 18-11 in favor of Everett after 20 minutes.

Very sloppy play by the Birds especially in the last 10 minutes of the period. Too many mistakes in their own end led to the Tips scoring three goals in just over nine minutes. “We turned over two pucks for goals,” said Rob Sumner . “We dug a hole for ourselves. We made those critical mistakes and found ourselves in a hole. Two turnovers and a sloppy goal off a face-off and we’re down 3-0”

The Birds went on their first power play at 4:04 of the second period. Maxwell was called for Elbowing.

The Tips were called for Too Many Men at 5:17 to give the Birds a 48 second five on three advantage. The Birds cut the Tips lead to 3-1 when Burke Gallimore knocked in his 24th of the season at 5:32. Assists were from Marcel Noebels and Colin Jacobs.

The Birds made it a 3-2 game when Brenden Dillon scored his fifth goal of the season just one second after the power play had ended. The goal was scored at 7:18 and was assisted by Tyler Alos and Chance Lund.

The Birds got the first 10 shots of the period and looked like a different team than the one that played in the final 10 minutes of the first period. “We just reminded our guys that we needed to get back to playing gritty, said Sumner. “Winning pucks and not standing around.”

The Tips went up 4-2 at the 11:27 mark. Maxwell scored his second goal of the night and 27th of the season.

The teams would skate four on four at the 17:56 mark. Lund was called for Slashing and Harrison was called for USC.

With just .9 seconds left the Birds scored to get to within a goal at 4-3. Noebels (14) skated in on Kent Simpson (12-14-2-4) and poked one past him. The goal was unassisted.

Shots in the second period were 18-11 in favor of the Birds. Overall shots were 29-29.

The Tips went up 5-3 on a hat trick by Maxwell. The goal was scored at 3:35 and it was Maxwell’s 28th goal.

Just 10 seconds later the Birds made it a 5-4 game when Travis Toomey scored his 12th goal of the season. Assists were from Gallimore and Button.

The Tips went on the power play when Button was called for Checking from Behind at 4:11. They didn’t convert.

Everett made it a 6-4 game when Maxwell scored his fourth goal of the game and 29th of the season on a breakaway as the Birds D was caught too deep and couldn’t get back. The goal was scored at 8:21.

With 2:30 left the Birds pulled Calvin Pickard (18-16-3-4) for the extra attacker. Toomey scored to make it a 6-5 game. Gallimore had the assist. It was Toomey’s second goal of the game and 13th of the season.

Pickard was pulled once again with 1:30 left. Toomey went to the box for Elbowing with 29 seconds left to give the Tips a power play. “I was disappointed with the call,” said Sumner. “We were right on the doorstep. I didn’t think it was a penalty.”

Time ran out and the Birds lost 6-5.

Shots in the third period were 13-8 in favor of the Birds. They also out shot Everett 42-37 overall.

The Birds had a terrible last half of the first period and that’s what really cost them the game. Well that and the fact that Maxwell scored four goals. Sumner was asked if the Birds allowed him to have the run of the ice tonight. “Everything he touched was golden tonight. Obviously we did.”

It really looked like two teams battling for fourth place for most of the game. Sloppy play on both sides. With the loss the Birds certainly didn’t make it any easier for themselves regarding their playoff hopes. Things continue to be very tight in the Conference.

Another team they are contending with for points and a playoff seed are the Vancouver Giants and they head to the ShoWare Center Sunday for a 5 pm game. It can be heard live at

Game Notes:

On the plus side (Lund +4, Toomey +3, Gallimore +2). On the minus side (Lockhart -3, Elliot -2, Noebels -2, Rouse -2, Jacobs -2, Doty -2)

Seattle drops their fifth straight road game to fall to 11-10-3-2 away from home.

– The Birds record against the U.S. Division drops to 8-12-0-3.

– Seattle was 1 for 2 on the power play. Everett was 1 for 3.

– The Birds are now 2-3 against Everett this season (1-2 road, 1-1 home)

Game Summary: (courtesy of the WHL website)

1st Period-1, Everett, Maxwell 26 10:35. 2, Everett, Harrison 14 (Ferraro, Murray), 15:49. 3, Everett, Harrison 15 (Murray, Maxwell), 19:56 (PP). Penalties-Button Sea (tripping), 19:29.

2nd Period-4, Seattle, Gallimore 24 (Noebels, Jacobs), 5:32 (PP). 5, Seattle, Dillon 5 (Alos, Lund), 7:18. 6, Everett, Maxwell 27 (Ferraro, Harrison), 11:27. 7, Seattle, Noebels 14 19:59. Penalties-Maxwell Evt (elbowing), 4:04; Birkholz Evt (too many men), 5:17; Lund Sea (slashing), 17:56; Harrison Evt (unsportsmanlike cnd.), 17:56.

3rd Period-8, Everett, Maxwell 28 (Harrison), 3:35. 9, Seattle, Toomey 12 (Gallimore, Button), 3:45. 10, Everett, Maxwell 29 (Ferraro, Simpson), 8:21. 11, Seattle, Toomey 13 (Gallimore), 17:42. Penalties-Button Sea (checking from behind), 4:11; Lund Sea (roughing), 4:11; MacDonald Evt (roughing), 4:11; Toomey Sea (elbowing), 19:31.

Shots on Goal-Seattle 11-18-13-42. Everett 18-11-8-37.

Power Play Opportunities-Seattle 1 / 2; Everett 1 / 3.

Goalies-Seattle, Pickard 18-16-3-4 (37 shots-31 saves). Everett, Simpson 12-14-2-4 (42 shots-37 saves).


Referees-Steve Papp (36), Brett Montsion.

Linesmen-Kiel Murchison (46), Trevor Boudreau (66).


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