Thunderbirds earn 4-1 victory over Silvertips | WHL
The playoff race may be for the last two spots, but that didn't stop a sellout crowd of 8,277 from making noise like the Western Hockey...
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EVERETT — The playoff race may be for the last two spots, but that didn't stop a sellout crowd of 8,277 from making noise like the Western Hockey League title was on the line Saturday night.
Seattle took a 4-1 win to end a seven-game losing streak and catch the Everett Silvertips with 47 points. The teams are tied for seventh place with Prince George only three points back and room for only two teams in the postseason.
Seattle improves to 20-32-6-1 with 13 games left while Everett drops to 21-34-1-4 with 12 left. The loss by Everett was its 10th in a row and ties a franchise record set last year.
"It was definitely like a playoff game," Seattle coach Steve Konowalchuk said. "We didn't hide from it. We addressed it before that game that we wanted to see which one of our guys would step up, if not several. Overall, it was a good team effort."
Everett grabbed the lead when Manraj Hayer scored his 13th goal of the season at 18:20 of the first period.
Seattle responded with two goals in the final 1:08 of the period. Alexander Delnov tied it with his 18th of the season and then Roberts Lipsbergs gave Seattle the advantage with only 14 seconds left in the period.
"Those two were huge," Konowalchuk said. "To score those two, bang, bang, that was just what we needed."
Seattle put the game away when Adam Kambietz scored at 14:06 of the third period and Shea Theodore added an empty-netter.
Brandon Glover made 20 saves on 21 shots in goal for Seattle.
"That's obviously the biggest game we've played this year," Glover said. "They're going to keep getting bigger for us. For me, personally, it was a huge game because I had been slumping. It's nice to catch them and control our own fate."
Everett coach Garry Davidson said the effort was there for the Silvertips, but they just aren't scoring enough goals.
"Our guys were trying, but you have to give the other team some credit, too," Davidson said. "They didn't give us much space or room out there to make anything happen. They shut us down pretty good in the third and you aren't going to win many scoring one goal."
Seattle held Everett to only three shots in the third period and outshot the Silvertips 28-21.