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WHL US DIVISION – Everett Silvertips Notebook: Everett splits a pair of road games against US Division foes.

Despite losing in Tri-City, the Silvertips remain unbeaten in regulation.

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Everett began their weekend road series against the US Division with a matchup in Portland on September 30th.  They would finish in Tri-City on October 2nd. There would be some new faces in the lineup as Carter Hart and Eetu Tuulola returned from their NHL team camps, and newly-acquired Dominic Zweger arrived from Spokane.

Defeated Portland 3-1

Hart got the start in net for Everett in what was his season debut. The Silvertips would get on board first at 11:38 with Patrick Bajkov potting his first goal of the season. The Silvertips would be provided an opportunity to increase their lead at 15:23 when Keoni Texeira was given two minutes for interference. Unfortunately for Everett, 25 seconds into the power play Alex Overhardt would convert on a shorthanded chance to even things at one. Despite outshooting Portland 16-7 the game would remain a 1-1 tie after the 1st period.

At 18:04 during the 2nd period, Overhardt was given a penalty for tripping and the Silvertips would take advantage on the power play. With less than 15 seconds remaining in the period Graham Millar would score his team-leading 4th goal of the season. The Silvertips went into the locker room with a 2-1 lead after two periods of play.

Early in the 3rd period, Matt Fonteyne would add and insurance goal at 3:09 to give Everett a two goal lead. Despite a flurry of opportunities and heavily outshooting the Silvertips 15-3, Portland would not put another goal past Hart. Hart stopped 31/32 shots to pick up his first win of the season.

Loss to Tri-City 3-2 in OT

Hart would get the start in net for his second straight game. The Silvertips would strike first at 16:12 with Eetu Tuulola scoring his first career WHL goal.

Early in the 2nd period the Americans would score a flurry of goals to take the lead. Vladislav Lukin capitalized on the power play to tie the game at 2:43.Only 16 seconds later, Juuso Vallmaki’s goal would give Tri-City the lead.

The Silvertips would get an equalizer only 28 seconds into the 3rd period with Matt Fonteyne’s 3rd goal of the season. After that, neither team found the back of the net in regulation.  The game went into overtime tied 2-2.

Michael Rassmussen scored the game winner at 3:39 in overtime to hand Everett their first loss of the season. Hart stopped 24/27 shots in the loss.


Everett was 1/10 on the power play and surrendered one goal on six chances during the PK.

Matt Fonteyne (3G 3A) and Patrick Bajkov (1G 5A) continue to lead the team with 6 points each.

More Tips News

Noah Juulsen -- the last of Everett’s NHL draft picks at camp -- will be returning from Montreal. Juulsen is expected to be in the lineup for Wednesday’s game against Tri-City.

Carter Hart has signed an entry level contract with the Philadelphia Flyers. Hart was drafted by the Flyers in the 2nd round (48th overall) in the 2016 NHL Draft.

Everett has reassigned goaltender Lasse Petersen to Swan Valley of the Manitoba Junior Hockey League. The Silvertips roster now stands at 22 skaters and 2 goalies.

Next three games

Wednesday October 5th vs Tri-City Americans 7:05 PM at Xfinity Arena

Friday October 7th vs Tri-City Americans 7:35 PM at Xfinity Arena

Tuesday October 11th vs Prince George Cougars 7:05 PM at CN Centre