Everett defeats T-birds for second straight night
Josh Winquist scored twice, including the game-winner 1:56 into overtime, to lift the Everett Silvertips to a 2-1 win over the Seattle Thunderbirds...
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EVERETT — Josh Winquist scored twice, including the game-winner 1:56 into overtime, to lift the Everett Silvertips to a 2-1 win over the Seattle Thunderbirds on Saturday night.
The loss was the seventh straight for Seattle, which has dropped back-to-back 2-1 decisions to the Silvertips on consecutive nights.
"We have to shoot the puck harder," Seattle coach Steve Konowalchuk said after his team scored only two goals on 74 shots in the two-night series with Everett. "Territorially, we played a pretty good game, but we were too fine with our shots. When you hesitate, it gives guys a chance to get in the shot lanes and we have to be thinking shot first."
Seattle (16-18-2-1) carried the play for much of the first and second periods before Winquist lifted a shot over Brandon Glover, Seattle's 6-foot-7 goaltender, to give Everett the lead midway through the second period.
Everett held the lead until Seth Swenson scored with just under five minutes left in regulation. Both teams had one good scoring chance in overtime, before Winquist ended it with a breakaway goal that he lifted just over Glover's shoulder.
It was the 13th and 14th goals of the season for Winquist. He also hit the post on a shorthanded breakaway.
"I thought we worked hard and created a lot of chances," Winquist said. "I thought we deserved to win. They were both hardworking, gritty games."
Winquist credited teammate Nick Walters with a great pass to set up his game-winner.
"I just saw the five-hole open and went for it," Winquist said.
Everett (15-22-0-2) got 34 saves from goaltender Austin Lotz, who has stopped 72 of 74 shots in Everett's two wins over Seattle to open the second half of the season.
"We just have to score more goals," Konowalchuk said. "There are a lot of things we liked, other than we didn't get the win. We did stick with it and get the goal at the end. We're just disappointed we didn't get the win."
Seattle went 0 for 10 on the power play in the two games.
"We had some chances, we just didn't execute when they were there," Konowalchuk said. "We made some mistakes in this game, but we'll just have to keep building on the things we did well."
Connor Honey, a winger on Seattle's top line and its most consistent scorer, left with an injury in the middle of the second period and didn't return.