I tried listening to the Silvertips/Tri City game online last night, but Jon Rosen's audio was pretty bad, so I gave up. I later learned that North Sound 1380 was having audio problems so Jon had to resort to broadcast using his cell phone. That explains it. Well, it would be lopsided if I posted a game recap for the T-Birds and not the Silvertips, so I'm posting the Silvertips' news release about the game here. If you want more details, I suggest you read Nick Patterson's story in the Everett Herald.
Kennewick, WA - Tyler Maxwell scored his first career WHL hat trick to upset the #2 seed Tri-City Americans, 3-2. Byron Froese and Graham Potuer had two assist each while Thomas Heemskerk stopped 45 of 47 shots in a solid outing Saturday night. The best of seven series is now tied 1-1. Everett heads back for game three at home this Wednesday March 25th at 7:05. Game four comes this Friday, March 27th at Comcast Arena with a 7:05 start.
Much like the start of game one Everett opened up game two of the WHL's 2009 playoffs opening round on the power play. Brandan Shinnimin was called for interference just 35 seconds into the game and the Silvertips capitalized. Tyler Maxwell scored for the second straight game at 1:55 collecting a rebound from Chet Pickard's pad and burying his second goal of the playoffs for a quick 1-0 Everett lead. Tri-City took advantage of a Graham Potuer delay of game penalty as Kruise Reddick evened up the score 1-1 on the power play. Reddick blasted a one-timer past Thomas Heemskerk off of a Tayor Procyshen pass at 13:33.
Maxwell added his third goal of the series in just two games collecting on a two man advantage. Maxwell's goal came at 13:52 with an assist to Byron Froese to give Everett the 2-1 lead late in the second period. Tri-City led in shots 34-16 after 40 minutes of play.
Froese added his second assist on the night leading to Maxwell's first career WHL hat trick. Maxwell scored with a deflection on the power play at 3:49 of the third period increasing Everett's lead to 3-1. Jason Reese had an answer on the man advantage, scoring after a Jesse Burt high sticking penalty at 4:29. Reese scored on the backdoor off a rebound making the score 3-2. Heemskerk held off all Tri-City shots in the remainder of the game to lead Everett to a 3-2 upset over #2 ranked Americans.
The 2009 WHL Playoffs come to Comcast Arena Wednesday, March 25th at 7:05 pm when the Silvertips take on the Tri-City Americans in game three of the opening round of the WHL Playoffs! Tickets are on sale now at the new everettsilvertips.com and at the Comcast Arena Box Office! For ticket information, including season seats and ticket packages, please call the Silvertips' front office at (425) 252-5100.
As always, radio coverage of Silvertips hockey will be provided by North Sound 1380 KRKO, while highlights of audio broadcast, video packages and relevant multimedia will be provided by the Western Hockey League's website, www.whl.ca.
1) EVT- Tyler Maxwell (2) (PPG) (Graham Pouter, Taylor Ellington) , 1:55 1st
2) TRI - Kruise Reddick (1) (PPG) (Taylor Procyshen, Tyler Schmidt), 13:33 1st
3) EVT - Tyler Maxwell (3) (PPG) (Byron Froese), 13:52 2nd.
4) EVT - Tyler Maxwell (4) (PPG) (Byron Froese, Graham Potuer), 3:49 3rd.
.5) TRI - Jason Reese (1) (PPG) (Mitch Fadden, Kruise Reddick), 4:29 3rd.
Toyota Center, Kennewick, WA - 3,937
SHOTS ON GOAL
EVT: Thomas Heemskerk: 45/47 (W, 1-0-1-0)
TRI: Chet Pickard: 18/21 (L, 1-1-0-0)