Many people fear the number 13. Not the Everett Silvertips. In just a few minutes, the ‘Tips will hit the ice at Comcast Arena gunning for their 13th straight win as they face the Portland Winterhawks. The Winterhawks sit just behind the Silvertips in the WHL's Western Conference standings and will work hard to break the Silvertips' winning streak.
Everett has been on fire since 2010 began, tearing through the WHL, leaving a string of victims in its wake. Their last loss came on New Year's Eve, when they fell 2-1 to the Saskatoon Blades. For those of you who haven’t been keeping track, here’s a quick recap of the Silvertips’ scoring frenzy in the new year:
January 2: ‘Tips defeat the Tri City Americans 6-5 in a shootout in front of a vocal home crowd. Captain Zack Dailey and forward Tyler Maxwell each scored twice in regulation. Shane Harper also scored in the game, which ended in a 5-5 tie in regulation. Overtime ended with no score, setting up the shootout, which went seven rounds. Maxwell, Dailey and Byron Froese scored in the SO, one more than Tri City, claiming the victory for the Silvertips. (Note: a number of Silvertips registered “assists” in this game, including: Scott MacDonald, Clayton Cumiskey, Shane Harper, Chris Langkow (2), Radko Gudas, Alex Theriau, Zack Dailey and Chris de la Lande) Click here for highlights (select 1/02/10).
January 3: ‘Tips defeat the Portland Winterhawks 2-1 at Memorial Coliseum in Portland. Forwards Clayton Cumiskey and Byron Froese scored for Everett. Curtis Kulchar, Tyler Maxwell, Chris de la Lande and Scott MacDonald registered assists. Goaltender Thomas Heemskerk stopped 32 of 33 shots to keep the Silvertips in the “Win” column.
January 5: ‘Tips defeat the Kamloops Blazers 5-3 at the Interior Savings Centre in Kamloops. Five different Silvertips scored in this game: Defensemen Curtis Kulchar and Rasmus Rissanen, Right Wings Kellan Tochkin and Shane Harper, and Center Byron Froese found the net for Everett. Assists went to: Scott MacDonald, Clayton Cumiskey, Shane Harper, Chris Langkow (2), Radko Gudas, Alex Theriau, Zack Dailey and Chris de la Lande. Thomas Heemskerk stopped 27 of 30 shots for Everett.
January 6: ‘Tips defeat the Kelowna Rockets 6-2 at Prospera Place in Kelowna. Again, different Silvertips players stepped up to score: Zack Dailey, Josh Winquist, Byron Froese, Kellan Tochkin, Shane Harper and Chris Langkow. Many of the same players also showed up in the “Assist” column: Dailey and Harper had 2 assists each, along with Tyler Maxwell. Langkow notched an assist, as well as Rasmus Rissanen, Radko Gudas, Clayton Cumiskey, Ryan Murray and Alex Theriau. Kent Simpson was stellar in net for Everett, stopping 23 of 25 Kelowna shots.
January 8: ‘Tips shutout the Seattle Thunderbirds 3-0 at ShoWare Center in Kent. Josh Winquist, Shane Harper and Alex Theriau scored for Everett, assisted by: Scott MacDonald, Chris de la Lande, Clayton Cumiskey and Zack Dailey. Winquist also had an assist in this game. San Jose Sharks prospect Thomas Heemskerk stopped all 21 Seattle shots to notch his second shutout of the season.
January 10: ‘Tips defeat the Spokane Chiefs 4-3 in a shootout at Comcast Arena. Byron Froese, Scott MacDonald and Ryan Murray scored for Everett in regulation. Tyler Maxwell assisted on all three goals. Rasmus Rissanen, Alex Theriau and Kellan Tochkin also had assists. Maxwell and MacDonald scored in the shootout to keep the Silvertips’ winning streak going. Thomas Heemskerk stopped 33 of 36 shots- and 3 of 4 shootout attempts by the Chiefs. Click here for a highlight.
January 15: ‘Tips defeat the Chilliwack Bruins 3-2 at Prospera Centre in Chilliwack. Byron Froese, Chris Langkow and Kellan Tochkin scored for Everett. Tochkin and Langkow also notched assists, along with Shane Harper (2), Rasmus Rissanen and Zack Dailey. Thomas Heemskerk continued his winning ways, stopping 28 of 30 Bruins shots. Click here for a highlight.
January 16: ‘Tips defeat the Chilliwack Bruins 5-1 before a home crowd at Comcast Arena. Just 24 hours after beating the Bruins in BC, the Silvertips added to their winning streak by dismantling Chilliwack in Everett. Chris Langkow and Byron Froese each scored twice, and Kellan Tochkin added a goal and an assist. Zack Dailey, Shane Harper and Tyler Maxwell each had 2 assists. Froese and Tochkin each had one, along with Radko Gudas. Kent Simpson was excellent in goal for the Silvertips, stopping 19 of 20 Chilliwack shots. Click here for a highlight.
January 17: ‘Tips defeat the Seattle Thunderbirds 4-3 in overtime at Comcast Arena. Shane Harper had two goals on this night, including the overtime winner. Josh Winquist and Markus McCrea also scored for Everett. McCrea also registered an assist, along with Chris Langkow, Radko Gudas (2), Ryan Murray, D. Jay McGrath and Captain Zack Dailey, who assisted Harper’s OT goal. Thomas Heemskerk stopped 29 of 32 Seattle shots and continued his stellar net minding in the overtime period. Click here for a highlight.
January 20: ‘Tips defeat the Vancouver Giants 3-2 at Comcast Arena. Clayton Cumiskey, Byron Froese and Shane Harper scored for Everett, with help from: Scott MacDonald, Josh Winquist, Kellan Tochkin, Tyler Maxwell and Radko Gudas). Kent Simpson handled goaltending duties, and handled the Giants fairly well, stopping 28 of 30 shots. Click here for a highlight.
January 22: ‘Tips defeat the Portland Winterhawks 4-3 in Portland. Shane Harper, Ryan Murray, Alex Theriau and Byron Froese scored for the Silvertips on this night. Assists went to: Theriau, Harper, Zack Dailey, Chris Langkow, Josh Winquist, Radko Gudas and Tyler Maxwell. Kent Simpson walked away with the victory, stopping 28 of 31 Winterhawk shots.
January 24: ‘Tips defeat the Spokane Chiefs 3-2 at Comcast Arena. Shane Harper opened the scoring, and Kellan Tochkin notched two goals in the Silvertips’ victory. Zack Dailey, Ryan Murray, Curtis Kulchar, Tyler Maxwell, Chris de la Lande and Alex Theriau registered assists. Kent Simpson marked his 15th win of the season, stopping 34 of 36 Spokane shots. Click here for a highlight.
As I wrap up this update, the time is 7:18pm. The puck drops between the Silvertips and Portland Winterhawks at Comcast Arena at 7:35pm. Will Everett pull out its 13th straight win? If you can’t make it to the arena in time to see the game in person, you can listen on the radio: KRKO-AM – NorthSound 1380. You can also find a link at the Silvertips website to listen online. Just click here. What's your favorite moment of the Silvertips' run? Please share them below!