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Winquist sets mark in Everett’s win over Seattle

Winquist scored twice, the second his 43rd of the season to set the Silvertips’ record for most goals in a season.

Special to The Seattle Times


KENT — Josh Winquist will have something to brag about in his old age, but right now he’s only concerned with how high the suddenly red-hot Everett Silvertips can climb in the WHL standings before the opening round of the playoffs.

Winquist scored twice, the second his 43rd of the season to set the Silvertips’ record for most goals in a season.

His second goal came into an empty net to cap off a 5-2 win over Seattle in front of a sold-out crowd of 6,150 at ShoWare Center.

Winquist took a pass from Ivan Nikolishin and had a clear path to an empty net for his record goal, which let him go ahead of Shane Harper, who had 42 goals in the 2009-2010 season.

“I got pretty excited and I just had to make sure I put it in,” Winquist said. “I didn’t want to be one of those guys who misses it. It felt good and I’m pretty proud right now. It’s pretty cool to just say something to your kids when you’re older that you had a record in the WHL, but right now home ice is more important.”

Suddenly it’s a race again for the fourth and final playoff spot that earns home-ice advantage in the first round of the Western Hockey League playoffs.

Everett, which has won eight in a row, has 81 points. Seattle, losers of four straight and seven of eight, has 84 points with Spokane in fifth with 82. Spokane and Everett have four games remaining and Seattle has five.

Seattle, 39-22-2-4, can get some breathing room with a game at home against Vancouver while Everett, 36-23-7-2, plays Wednesday night at Spokane.

“We’re coming on at the right time,” Winquist said. “We had a rough stretch with a lot of injuries, but we’re getting healthy and we’re going right now.”

Seattle coach Steve Konowalchuk had the exact opposite emotion.

“We had a decent first period and then we quit playing,” Konowalchuk said, referencing Everett building a 3-1 lead after a scoreless first period. “It was really disappointing. We have some key guys who just aren’t playing the way they need to.”

Seattle seemed to be in need of a road map to get the puck out of its own end to start the second period and finally gave up the game’s first goal to Patrick Bajkov at 5:33 of the that period.

The T-birds tied the score when Shea Theodore, the league’s highest scoring defenseman with 72 points, knocked in a rebound for his 20th goal of the season.

Winquist put Everett ahead with his 42nd goal and the Silvertips went up 3-1 on a power-play goal by Dawson Leedahl late in the period and outshot Seattle 26-14 through the first two periods.

“We were complacent,” Konowalchuk said.

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