Reaction: Silvertips give one back to Royals after 4-3 loss in game two
After their WHL Playoffs opening game against visiting Victoria Royals 4-2 Friday night, the Everett Silvertips were back on the ice Saturday for game two. And after surrendering 3 goals to Everett in the second period of game one, it was apparent early that the Royals would have none of that again.
Although the tight defensive battle ended when the games’ first power-play advantage went in favor of the Silvertips. :30 seconds later, left winger Matt Fonteyne picked up the lose puck and backhanded the rubber top-shelf off the inside cross-bar for a 1-0 Everett lead at 12:07 of the first. Patrick Bajkov and Dominic Zwerger picked up the assists.
From then, the Silvertips put the pressure on and Royals goaltender Griffen Outhouse was left scrambling to keep the game close. But he did and five minutes later, Victoria netted the equalizer when Royals center Mathew Phillips put the puck past Carter Hart as the goaltender slid from left to right between the pipes.
The period ended with the Silvertips on the power play and the scoreboard tied at 1-1.
It did’t take long to pull a head once again as the second period opened, Everett took advantage of the manned advantage when right wing Patrick Bajkov netted his second of the playoffs with a blast from outside the left face-off circle. The goal gave the Silvertips a 2-1 lead :49 seconds into the middle session. Left wing Dominic Zwerger and defenseman Kevin Davis assisted on the play.
But once again, the Royals would not let the game get away and while on the power play Royals center Tyler Soy sent one past Hart for the equalizer a two apiece.
The Royals then added a goal when Soy again scored with his second of the night to put Victoria up 3-2 with the games’ fourth power play tally. For the second straight night, Everett was outshot 23-17 after two.
Things didn’t look good for Everett as the team played a step behind the Royals to open the third, but at 7:49, while maintaining action in the Royals end, Everett defenseman Lucas Skrumeda intercepted a zone clearing pass and then after turning in on the Victoria net minder, sent the puck to the left side to the awaiting wing Brandson Hein who drove the puck home giving the silvertips the game-tying goal.
But with five minutes to play in the back and forth affair, the Royals took the last lead of the game when Victoria center Vladimir Bobylev benefited form a bank shot from behind the goal that went in of back of Carter Hart’s back giving Victoria the game winning 4-3 lead.
Everett put on some pressure late and puled Hart to gain the extra attacker but ultimatley the Silvertips were unable to get one more good shot off on net and when the final horn sounded, found themselves tied 1-1 in this best of seven series.
Now it’s off to the Save-on-Foods Memorial Arena in Victoria, British Colombia for a Tuesday night affair.