EVERETT – A scoreless goaltenders dual through regulation time eventually became an overtime victory for the Spokane Chiefs, who snuck past the Everett Silvertips by a 1-0 final tally Saturday night at Comcast Arena. The ‘Tips still gained one point in the overtime loss, pushing their record to 3-1-1-0 for the year as they embark on a five-game road trip.
Coming off his second career shutout vs. Tri-City on Friday, Austin Lotz (2-1-1-0) went unbeaten in regulation for the second straight night with 20 saves on 21 shots. Despite 31 shots and numerous great chances on Spokane goaltender Eric Williams (4-0-0-0), the ‘Tips narrowly missed lighting the lamp before Liam Stewart’s shot from the left boards provided the game’s only scoring with 2:06 remaining in OT.
Scoring chances weren’t hard to come by through the first two periods, but the Silvertips and Chiefs remained scoreless. Everett’s first quality scoring chance came after 15-year-old Patrick Bajkov controlled the puck into the Spokane zone and made a nifty pass to Josh Winquist, whose backhand shot narrowly missed the net. A powerplay-filled second period created more chances and 11 shots for both teams as the goaltenders maintained the stalemate. Everett appeared to take a 1-0 lead when Carson Stadnyk put a rebound chance toward an open net before Spokane goaltender Eric Williams dove back across the goal mouth to make a glove save and keep the score at 0-0.
The ‘Tips stepped up the pace in the third, outshooting Spokane 13-3 and testing Williams consistently. During Everett’s fourth powerplay early in the period, Williams stopped Mirco Mueller’s initial shot and rebound opportunities for both Kohl Bauml and Tyler Sandhu to end the threat. With a great deal of energy in the building, the game went to extra time without a goal being scored.
Overtime started in conservation fashion for both teams before Dawson Leedahl broke into the offensive zone looking to feed a wide-open Kohl Bauml in the slot. Overager Mike Aviani knocked down the pass however, setting up a subsequent rush for Spokane that resulted in Stewart finding a spot just inside the near post on a quick shot from the left wing.
Final shots were 31-21 in favor of the Silvertips after nearly 63 minutes of action. Everett was scoreless on four powerplay chances while holding Spokane’s second-ranked unit off the board on two opportunities.
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The Silvertips will now load the bus for the first leg of their Central Division road swing, playing four away games in a five-day span next week. The trip starts with Everett visiting the Red Deer Rebels on Tuesday and the Edmonton Oil Kings on Wednesday, with both games starting at 6:00 pm Pacific time. Pregame radio coverage both nights starts at 5:30 on Fox Sports 1380 AM.
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