Game 21: Thunderbirds comeback falls short as they lose to Everett

Nov 21, 2010, 1:20 AM | Updated: Apr 6, 2011, 11:23 am

( 10-8-1-3) Everett Silvertips 3, ( 10-5-3-3) Seattle Thunderbirds 2

Dillon with a goal and an assist…Gallimore with a goal

KENT–The Thunderbirds fell behind 3-0 early and could never fully recover as they are defeated by the Silvertips.

Everett got on the board first as Josh Winquist (3) put one in from right out in front of the net to give the Silvertips a 1-0 lead at 3:42. The Thunderbirds would get the first power play when Jari Erricson was called for interference at 5:52. The Birds could only manage one shot as the Silvertips killed off the penalty. The Silvertips made it 2-0 as Tyler Maxwell scored his 15th of the season from about the same spot that Winquist scored from. The goal was scored at 12:31. Just 27 seconds later Maxwell (16) scored again to put the Tips up 3-0.

Scott Ramsay was given an interference penalty at 13:46 to give the Silvertips their first power play and they did not score. At 16:02 Erik Bonsor was called for Hooking to put Everett back on the power play but five seconds later Maxwell was called for Goaltender Interference and the teams would skate four on four. Charles Wells would race down the ice and put a shot on net and Brenden Dillon (2) was able to scoop up the rebound to get the Birds on the board as they cut the Tips leas to 3-1. Wells got the assist. The goal was scored at 16:57. At 19:10 Bonsor would take his second penalty as he was called for Hooking. The remaining 1:11 left on the Tips power play would carry over into the third period. Shots after 20 minutes were 11-7 in favor of Everett.

Some very inspired, sloppy play by the Birds in the first especially out in front of the net leaving Calvin Pickard (10-5-2-3) hung out to dry on all three Everett goals. “Not really sloppy play”, remarked Rob Sumner . “More like missed assignments, I thought we gave up the middle of the ice too easily off the rush..we gave up defensive positioning too easy.”

The Birds killed off the remaining time on the Tips power play to begin the second period. Burke Gallimore was called for Tripping at 8:49 putting the Tips on the power play for the fourth time. With 50 seconds left in the penalty Josh Birkholz was called for Hooking and the teams would skate four on four until the Birds went on the power play for 1:10. At the halfway mark of the game the Birds only had eight shots on goal.

With 1:04 remaining in the Birds power play Brennan Yadlowski was called for Hooking giving the Birds a five on three advantage. They cashed in when Gallimore (12) rocketed one past Kent Simpson (8-6-1-3) to cut the Tips lead to 3-2. Assists were from Dillon and Travis Bobbee. Everett killed off the remaining time on the second penalty. At 14:17 Mitch Elliot was called for Goaltender Interference and Everett went on the power play. Seattle killed of the man advantage. The Birds went back on the power play as Erricson was called for Tripping at 17:34. The Birds could not convert but it was their most solid five on four advantage of the game as they were all around the net and got off a few good shots. The Tips held a 3-2 lead going into the third period. Shots after 40 minutes were 27-17 in favor of the Silvertips.

After a fairly uneventful first 10 minutes of the third period Marcel Noebels nearly put what looked like a harmless shot past Simpson but he just got enough of the puck to stop it from crossing the line. So the score remained 3-2.

The Birds came on strong late in the third period to get the shots on goal all but even as Simpson was called on to make some solid saves to keep Everett in front. With just over a minute left the Birds pulled Pickard to get the extra skater on. The Birds had a couple of decent scoring chances but the valiant effort to tie the game would come up just a bit short and the Silvertips would go on to win 3-2.

The Thunderbirds had another bad start and this time it cost them them the game. Sumner was asked why the team seems to struggle in the early going. “It’s different reasons…these last two games we haven’t been as aggressive as we need to, we’ve been standing still too much.”

To their credit they fought back and made it a game, in fact they came awfully close to tying the game several times in the third period. “It came down to a bounce here and there but we need to get our full game out there,” said Sumner. “You don’t win games playing one or two periods.”

The Birds now get to take on the Tri-City Americans but they will have to play much better in order to get their first win against the Ams. That fact certainly isn’t lost on Sumner.”We have to be solid defensively,we can’t give up the inside of the ice like we did tonight. It’s just developing our aggressive style which we’ve had trouble doing these last couple of games.”

That game will take place Wednesday night at 7 pm at the ShoWare Center. It can be heard at MyNorthwest.com.

Game Notes:

– The Thunderbirds home record falls to 4-2-1-1

– Seattle was 1 for 5 on the power play, Everett was 0 for 5

– Attendance at the ShoWare Center was announced as 5,143

– The Birds fall to 3-3-0-2 against the U.S. Division

Game Summary:

1st Period-1, Everett, Winquist 3 (Maxwell), 3:42. 2, Everett, Maxwell 15 (Tochkin, Yadlowski), 12:31. 3, Everett, Maxwell 16 (Tochkin, Winquist), 12:58. 4, Seattle, Dillon 2 (Wells), 16:57. Penalties-Erricson Evt (interference), 5:52; Ramsay Sea (interference), 13:46; Bonsor Sea (hooking), 16:02; Maxwell Evt (inter. on goaltender), 16:07; Bonsor Sea (hooking), 19:10.

2nd Period-5, Seattle, Gallimore 12 (Dillon, Bobbee), 11:59 (PP). Penalties-Gallimore Sea (tripping), 8:59; Birkholz Evt (hooking), 10:09; Yadlowski Evt (hooking), 11:06; Elliot Sea (inter. on goaltender), 14:17; Erricson Evt (tripping), 17:34.

3rd Period- No Scoring.Penalties-No Penalties

Shots on Goal-Everett 11-16-6-33. Seattle 7-10-14-31.
Power Play Opportunities-Everett 0 / 5; Seattle 1 / 5.
Goalies-Everett, Simpson 8-6-1-3 (31 shots-29 saves). Seattle, Pickard 10-5-2-3 (33 shots-30 saves).
A-5,143
Referees-Nathan Wieler (18), Colby Smith (57).
Linesmen-Kiel Murchison (46), Tim Digby (75).

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