EVERETT — This time the controversial goal went Everett's way, and the Silvertips took advantage for a 5-1 Western Hockey League playoff victory over Spokane on Friday night before 6,831 at the Everett Events Center.
The Silvertips grabbed a 3-2 lead in the first-round playoff series. Game 6 is scheduled for 6 p.m. Sunday in Spokane.
Everett took the lead in a tight first period with a controversial late goal that took officials several minutes to decide.
After Spokane was called for too many men on the ice, Zach Hamill got the puck to Kyle Beach directly in front of the net. His high shot was gloved cleanly by goalie Dustin Tokarski deep in the net. The red light immediately went on and then was turned off, and referees discussed it at length before ruling it a goal.
"It was over by about four inches," Beach said of his first goal of the series. "The way it has been going, I really thought they were going to call it off."
The Silvertips had three goals waved off in two losses in Spokane, where the Chiefs had evened the series.
"There are always key goals over the juncture of a series, and you hope they even out," Everett coach Kevin Constantine said. "You hope over the course of a series you get a break. Finally, we got a break."
Peter Mueller had a shorthanded goal and an assist for Everett in the second period as the Silvertips extended their lead to 5-1 heading into the third period.
Spokane coach Bill Peters wasn't sure what happened on Beach's goal, but knows it took a toll on his team.
"It was just one of those things," Peters said. "There have been a lot of plays like that in this series. If it goes against you, you have to move on and not let it affect you in a negative way. We let it linger a little too long and that compounded the problem."
Peters said his team didn't lose track of Mueller. The center was just too skillful.
"He stepped up tonight," Peters said. "He's a tough guy. We've done a reasonable job on him for the most part in this series, but tonight he was a dominant player, and he is capable of doing that each and every night."
|Spokane vs. Everett
|Everett leads best-of-7 series 3-2 (all games on KRKO, 1380 AM)
||Everett 4, Spokane 2
||Everett 3, Spok. 2 (OT)
||Spokane 3, Everett 2
||Spokane 3, Everett 1
||Everett 5, Spokane 1
||At Spokane, 6 p.m.
||At Everett, 7:05 p.m.*
|* If necessary
SILVERTIPS 5, CHIEFS 1
||1 4 0 — 5
||0 1 0 — 1
— 1. Everett Beach 1 (Hamill, Fransoo) 18:01 (pp). Second
— 2. Everett Gendur 3 (Zetariuk, Hamill) 5:08. 3. Everett Beach 2 (Mueller) 5:40 (pp). 4. Everett Mueller 2 (Zetariuk) 7:42 (sh). 5. Spokane Ryan (Bowman) 9:38 (pp). 6. Everett Campos 1 (Vartovnik) 14:35. Shots on goal by
— Spokane 4-9-8 — 21. Everett 12-15-8 — 35. Goal
— Spokane: Tokarski (2-3, 35 shots, 30 saves). Everett: Irving (3-2, 21 shots, 20 saves). Power plays
(goals, chances) — Spokane 1-8. Everett 2-7. A