Game 23: Thunderbirds defeat Everett in Tips country

Nov 26, 2010, 10:06 PM | Updated: Apr 6, 2011, 11:23 am

(11-5-3-4) Seattle Thunderbirds 4, (11-10-1-3) Everett Silvertips 1

Gallimore with two goals….Noebels with a goal

EVERETT–Backed by a quick goal to open each period and another strong effort by Calvin Pickard (11-5-2-4) the Thunderbirds go on to defeat the Silvertips for the first time this season by a score of 4-1.

Mitch Elliot (3) scored at the 1:58 mark on the Birds first shot of the game to put the Birds up 1-0. The goal was assisted by Colin Jacobs. The Tips picked up the first power play when Justin Hickman was called for Interference at 5:33. Everett got three shots on net as the Birds killed off the man advantage. The teams skated four on four after a scrum in front of Pickard led to roughing penalties against Scott Ramsay and Clayton Cumiskey at 9:49.

The game would go into the first intermission with the Birds up 1-0. Shots were 12-7 in favor of the tips.

A decent first period for Seattle especially since there was some struggle getting shots to the net even when they had sustained pressure in the offensive zone.

The Birds went up 2-0 with a goal only 1:09 into the second period as Burke Gallimore (13) put one past Kent Simpson (9-8-1-3). It was assisted by Brendan Rouse. The Birds would get their first power play opportunity at the 6:17 mark of the second period when Jari Erricson was called for Hooking. The Birds couldn’t get anything going, in fact it was the Tips that recorded the only shot during the power play.

Seattle would go back to the power play at 13:53 when Evan Morden was called for Hooking. Once again nothing doing as the Birds couldn’t generate anything with the man advantage. As the power play was expiring, Jacobs was called for Interference putting Everett on the power play. The Tips took advantage as Ryan Murray netted his 2nd goal of the season to cut the Birds lead to 2-1. The goal was reviewed for what seemed like forever but it was deemed to be a good goal.

After 40 minutes Seattle led 2-1. The Tips had the shot advantage at 22-14.

For the third straight period the Birds scored quickly as Marcel Noebels (7) put a wicked slap shot past Simpson to put the Birds up 3-1. The goal was unassisted at the 17 second mark. “Goals in the first minute and last minute are often big, big goals and fortunately we were good tonight in those scenarios,” remarked Head Coach Rob Sumner .

The Birds would go on the power play for the third time at 5:15. Josh Winquist was called for Tripping. With 1:10 left in the penalty Tyler Maxwell was called for High Sticking to give the Birds a five on three advantage. An opportunity to really open things up went by the boards as the Birds couldn’t get shots through the Tips penalty killers.

Noebels was called for Hooking at 11:44 to put Everett on the power play for the third time. They did not score. With just over a minute left the Tips pulled Simpson for the extra skater and with 25 seconds left the Birds put the game away as Gallimore (14) put one into the empty net. It was his second goal of the game and it was assisted by Erik Bonsor.

The Birds defeated the Tips 4-1.

Seattle rebounded well after a tough shootout loss at home to Tri-City on Wednesday night where they blew a two goal lead late in the game. There is no doubt it was the quick goal to start each period that carried the night for the Birds and Noebels slapper in the opening seconds of the third was the biggest because it took the momentum away that Everett built when they scored late in the second period. Sumner recognized the importance of the goal, “It wasn’t by design but it was a good player making a good play.”

After allowing a season high 59 shots on Wednesday night the Birds allowed 31 tonight and many of those shots came from the outside.”We were much better along the walls, getting pucks out,” said Sumner. “We didn’t have to replay pucks much because we were better in that area. I was happy with the teams performance. We were sharp, we played strong D, it was a balanced game.”

Since the league does not list ice time for players we will begin to track it on this blog. We’ll do it randomly and hopefully will get a better idea of how long the Birds players spend during select games. Thanks to Jon Whiting for tracking the ice time for Noebels tonight. He logged about 20 minutes over the course of the game.

The Thunderbirds next game is Saturday night at the ShoWare Center against the Kootenay Ice. Game time is 7 pm and the play by play can be heard at

Game Notes:

-D Erik Bonsor and D Travis Bobbee were both a plus 4 on the night.

-The Thunderbirds road record improves to 7-3-2-2.

D Austin Frank, D Austin Baecker and F Jacob Doty were healthy scratches.

– Attendance at Comcast Arena was announced as 7,027.

– Seattle was 0 for 4 on the power play, Everett was 1 for 3.

– The Thunderbirds snap a seven game losing streak against the Silvertips dating back to last season.

– Seattle is tied with Portland for the fewest regulation losses (5) in the league.


Game Summary:

1st Period-1, Seattle, Elliot 3 (Jacobs), 1:58. Penalties-Hickman Sea (interference), 5:33; Ramsay Sea (roughing), 9:49; Cumiskey Evt (roughing), 9:49.

2nd Period-2, Seattle, Gallimore 13 (Rouse), 1:09. 3, Everett, Murray 2 (Winquist, Yadlowski), 16:37 (PP). Penalties-Erricson Evt (hooking), 6:17; Morden Evt (hooking), 13:53; Jacobs Sea (interference), 15:52.

3rd Period-4, Seattle, Noebels 7 0:17. 5, Seattle, Gallimore 14 (Bonsor), 19:35 (EN). Penalties-Winquist Evt (tripping), 5:15; Maxwell Evt (high sticking), 6:05; Noebels Sea (hooking), 11:44.

Shots on Goal-Seattle 7-7-11-25. Everett 12-10-9-31.

Power Play Opportunities-Seattle 0 / 4; Everett 1 / 3.

Goalies-Seattle, Pickard 10-5-2-4 (31 shots-30 saves). Everett, Simpson 9-7-1-3 (24 shots-21 saves).


Referees-Jeff Ingram, Sean Raphael (28).

Linesmen-Bevan Mills (98), Ron Dietterle (121).


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