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Glover makes 33 saves in Thunderbirds' win over Everett
By Jim Riley
Special to The Seattle Times
EVERETT — Brandon Glover came within seven seconds of his first shutout of the season, but the way the Seattle Thunderbirds are playing, it didn't really bother him very much.
Glover stopped 33 of 34 shots to help the T-birds win their fourth straight game, a 5-1 victory over the Everett Silvertips on Friday night.
The win lifts Seattle to 16-13-1-0 and drops Everett to 11-20-0-2.
Glover, who said he has gotten better as the season has progressed, passed out a lot of the credit to the defensemen in front of him.
"We've just cleaned up some of the areas that we were having trouble with earlier in the year," Glover said. "We're a young group and we're just going to get better as the season rolls on."
Glover improved his record to 15-10-1-0 and kept his save percentage over 90 percent. He said replacing star goaltender Calvin Pickard hasn't affected the way he approaches the game.
"Obviously, Calvin had a great career in Seattle, but this is a totally new team and a new look, so it's not going to change what I do," Glover said. "we've just gotten really solid in our own end and are doing a lot of the little things that help you win hockey games."
The T-birds' past four wins have included victories against top WHL teams Kamloops, Kelowna and Tri-City.
"We have had a tough schedule, and that gives us a lot of confidence," Glover said.
Roberts Lipsbergs stayed hot for the T-birds. The Latvian winger had a goal and an assist and has nine goals in his past six games. He also has an 11-game scoring streak, the longest for any T-bird this season.
Lipsbergs gave Seattle the lead with his 15th of the season at 4:12 of the opening period.
Seth Swenson scored his 11th goal of the season to double the Seattle lead at 10:39 of the second period. The dagger came 12 seconds later when Mitch Elliot, playing in his 27th game of the season, scored his first goal and first point of the season to give Seattle a 3-0 lead.
Riley Sheen and Brandan Rouse scored to make it 5-0 Seattle before Tyler Sandhu scored with seven seconds left for Everett, which has lost three in a row.
Seattle has now won all four of the meetings between the teams this season, with six more scheduled in the regular season.
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