“Hey, Everett. It’s Carter Hart. Go Silvertips”
Wearing a Flyers shirt and a big smile, the now Philadelphia Flyers goalie sent a video message to his former team, city, and fans who continue to adore him. This was the last message the 4,100 fans heard before the puck dropped on Friday, March 22 to begin the Americans and Silvertips series.
And the crowd goes wild.
Everett exploded in the first, attacking the net and dominating puck possession. The ‘Tips didn’t allow their goalie, Dustin Wolf, to break a sweat in the first. An assault on Tri-City net minder Beck Warm resulted in a shot-on-goal differential of 17-3, favoring Everett.
Connor Dewar starting the scoring for Everett, assisted by Martin Fasko-Rudas. Dewar snagged a loose puck in the corner and brought it to the left face-off circle and buried it. This was seconds after a highlight reel save from Warm on Dewar’s previous shot on net.
“We need to stay on our game,” said Silvertips coach Dennis Williams of the first-period effort. “We know we can find some more seams in the net if we do that.”
Everett held the lead in the second. The Americans doubled their effort on shots-on-goal, yet couldn’t find twine. The ‘Tips power play unit had two opportunities to capitalize in the second when Roman Kalinichenko was sent off for elbowing at 6:45, and later as Parker AuCoin sat for a minor delay of game penalty (holding the puck). No scoring on either side in the second period.
“It’s nothing to be too upset about. I just evaluate our execution and our energy and compete level. Minus not scoring I thought we did a lot of good things.” Coach Williams on the power play through two periods.
The Angel of the Winds Arena starting really rocking in the third. Dewar tallied a short-handed goal to start the period’s offensive frenzy. Max Patterson tangled up a short pass from Tri-City center Kyle Olsen and shoved the puck to Dewar for a partial breakaway.
And Silvertip country exploded, surprisingly, louder than they had during Carter Hart’s pre-game greeting.
Tri-City broke the shutout at 13:30 of the third period. Defenseman Mitchell Brown cleanly poked the puck from Fasko-Rudas to AuCoin who sent it to Nolan Yaremko for a quick back-hander.
Zach Andrusiak scored on an empty net at 17:30. Andrusiak controlled the puck in the neutral zone and sent it to Patterson. He carried it over the blue line, took a shot that hit the post. Andrusiak was there for the rebound from the boards for Everett’s 4th goal of the night.
Lucas Cullen scored on a wraparound glove-side rebound from Jake Christiansen. This was Cullen’s first goal since March 12th, 2017 with the Calgary Hitmen and first as a Silvertip.
The Silvertips scored one last power play goal as the final 11 seconds of the game ticked away. Christiansen sent a pass along the blue line to Artyom Minulin who squared it up and took the shot. Fasko-Rudas tipped it in while screening Warm.
1st – Connor Dewar (2G)
2nd – Max Patterson (1G, 2A)
3rd – Robbie Holmes (2A)
Everett 48, Tri-City 22
Everett 6, Ti-City 1
GAME 2: at EVERETT Saturday, Mar. 23 – 7:05 pm (Angel of the Winds Arena)
GAME 3: at Tri-City Wednesday, Mar. 27 – 7:05 pm (Toyota Center)
GAME 4: at Tri-City Thursday, Mar. 28 – 7:05 pm (Toyota Center)
GAME 5: at EVERETT** Saturday, Mar. 30 – 7:05 pm (Angel of the Winds Arena)
GAME 6: at Tri-City** Sunday, Mar. 31 – 5:05 pm (Toyota Center)
GAME 7: at EVERETT** Tuesday, Apr. 2 – 7:05 pm (Angel of the Winds Arena)