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WHL US DIVISION – Everett Silvertips Notebook: Hart’s Strong Play in Net Helps Everett Defeat BC Division Foes.

The Silvertips picked up four points over the weekend against Prince George and Vancouver.

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Carter Hart’s strong play continues to help Everett gain momentum in the standings. In the past five games Hart has a record of 3-1-0-1 with a 1.60 GAA and 0.940 save percentage. He is currently ranked third in the WHL with a 1.98 GAA. When asked about Hart’s play recently, ‘Tips defenseman Noah Juulsen remarked "It’s a good thing when you know you can trust your goalie, you don’t have to worry about weak shots going in from bad angles."

The Silvertips defense has also been stingy during the five-game stretch, outshooting them 134-156.  "Our back check has been huge this year, we are keeping guys to the outside and pressuring hard in the corners," said Juulsen about the defense. On the season, Everett has only allowed 28 goals, fewest in the US Division.

Defeated Prince George 2-1 in OT

Both teams have been struggling for offensive production this season. Everett has scored 24 goals while Prince George has 39 which are the fewest in their divisions. Penalties disrupted game flow in the early going.  Only ten seconds into the game, Matt Fonteyene was given a slashing pentalty. Fortunately, Prince George was unable to capitalize on the man advantage. Everett would have their chance at the 7:59 mark when Brad Morrison was called for roughing. The Silvertips did not have a full power play with Matt Fonteyene being called for another slash. Everett would kill off the penalty and there would be no score after one period with Everett outshooting Prince George 14-8.

Around the 17:00 mark of the second period, Everett appeared to open the scoring with a goal from Dawson Leedahl. Unfortunately it was waived off due to an official stoppage of play just before the goal was scored. After two periods the game was still scoreless with Everett outshooting Prince George 23-14. 4:53 into the third period Leedahl would finally put one past Ty Edmonds that was not waived off. The lead did not last long, however. Brogan O’Brien tying the game at the 7:00 mark. The score remained knotted at 1-1 at the end of regulation.  With under two minutes left in overtime, Kevin Davis carried the puck into the offensive zone trying to make a pass to Carson Stadnyk who was trailing. The puck would bounce off O’Brien and go in the net. Carter Hart would stop 23-24 shots in the win.

Defeated Vancouver 3-2

Everett returned to action the next night against the Vancouver Giants. There would be no scoring in the first period but at the 20:00 mark Vancouver was given a penalty for hooking. Everett would start the second period on the man advantage and capitalized 58 seconds in with Graham Millar scoring his second goal of the season. About five minutes later Ben Thomas would help Vancouver tie the game wristing one past Carter Hart.

Matt Fonteyene would help Everett regain the lead taking a pass from Patrick Bajkov and scoring on a backhander at 7:14. A minute later Everett would increase their lead 3-1 with a power play goal from Patrick Bajkov. Vancouver would get one back at 11:53 with Thomas scoring his second of the night. There would be no scoring in the third period.Carter Hart stopped 31-33 shots to continue the ‘Tips winning streak and pick up his 8th win of the season.

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Assistant coach Mitch Love and Team Canada White won gold at the 2015 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge.

Noah Juulsen and Carter Hart played Monday night in the CHL Canada Russia series. Juulsen skated through New York Rangers prospect Sergei Zborovskiy and backhanded a goal in the first period. Carter Hart relieved starting goaltender Zach Sawchenko playing 29:12 minutes and stopping 6-9 shots.

Noah Juulsen's backhander goal.