T-birds edge Everett Silvertips 4-3 in OT
All four Seattle goals come via power play.
Special to The Seattle Times
KENT — Shea Theodore got the party started for the Seattle Thunderbirds, and then he helped end it.
Theodore scored a goal and had three assists to lead the Thunderbirds to a 4-3 overtime win over the Everett Silvertips on Saturday night.
Seattle has now won seven of its last eight and improved to 30-15-2-3 for the season. The loss, the sixth in a row for Everett, drops the Silvertips to 25-17-7-1.
Theodore, Seattle’s leading point producer, scored a power-play goal 24 seconds into the second period to signal Seattle fans to unleash more than 3,818 stuffed animals that will be distributed to charities throughout the Puget Sound.
Theodore, a defenseman from Aldergrove, B.C., and a first-round selection (26th overall) of the Anaheim Ducks, skated into a loose puck with the T-birds on a power play and rifled a wrist shot into the upper corner of the net.
“It was really cool,” Theodore said of his second-period goal that started an avalanche of stuffed toys. “I’ve never scored a teddy bear goal before. I’ve seen some pretty wild celebrations, but I really didn’t do too much.”
Theodore, who leads the WHL in scoring for a defenseman with 15 goals and 60 points, added an assist on Seattle’s second goal by Mathew Barzal to put the Thunderbirds up 2-0.
Everett came back on the 30th goal of the season by Josh Winquist and evened the score at 2 on a power-play goal by Jughar Khaira. The Silvertips then missed a golden opportunity to take the lead when Winquist was unable convert a penalty shot late in the period.
Manraj Hayer gave Everett the lead at 11:36 of the third period before Ryan Gropp tied the score at 3 with just over five minutes remaining with a power-play goal.
Seattle killed off a penalty in the last two minutes of regulation and then took advantage of an Everett penalty late in the third period when Roberts Lipsbergs scored the game-winner, his 29th of the season.
Seattle finished with four power-play goals on five opportunities.
“Our power play had really been struggling and we just decided to get down to basics,” Theodore said. “We came in today and knew we really had to buckle down. Going into this game we knew they wouldn’t take very many penalties, so we knew we had to capitalize.”
The winner from Lipsbergs came with assists to Theodore and Ethan Bear. The T-birds were patient in the overtime period, scoring on the first shot that came after nearly two minutes on the power play.
“We knew there wasn’t any time to rush, we had nearly two minutes to work with,” Theodore said. “We were just trying to look for a one-timer and make sure they couldn’t ice the puck.”