For the second straight season, the big giveaway in Everett turned into a big blowout. In the Everett Silvertips' annual tuque toss, woolen caps were supposed to be thrown to the...
EVERETT For the second straight season, the big giveaway in Everett turned into a big blowout.
In the Everett Silvertips’ annual tuque toss, woolen caps were supposed to be thrown to the Everett Events Center ice last night in celebration of the Silvertips’ first goal.
Instead, the caps rained down in resignation when the Tri-City Americans built a three-goal lead after two periods during a 3-0 victory.
Everett coach Kevin Constantine said it was similar to a Teddy bear toss last season in Everett when the Silvertips were shutout by the Seattle Thunderbirds.
“It was unfortunate. It would have been fun for our fans,” Constantine said. “You want to give them a chance to celebrate on nights like this, and it’s been two nights when we haven’t scored.”
Much of the credit for that goes to Tri-City goaltender Carey Price.
Price stopped all 21 of Everett’s shots and frustrated the Silvertips on several good scoring chances early in the game.
“We tested him a bit, but we weren’t sharp,” Constantine said. “In the first period, we had more good chances than they did, but it wasn’t like we had a ton like we’re capable of.”
Constantine refused to blame the tuque toss or the fact that his team might have been anxious to score the first goal to set off the celebration.
“We weren’t anxious to do anything tonight,” Constantine said. “I couldn’t tell you why, but our team wasn’t prepared to play a good game. The evidence was we weren’t sharp on power play and we weren’t crisp around the net. It was a shame, really. It’s inevitable over the course of a season, but it’s unacceptable.”
Although it’s still early in the season, Tri-City coach Don Nachbaur knows his team is in a dogfight to make it into the U.S. Division playoffs. The Americans (12-14-4-2) are fourth in the division. The Silvertips (17-9-5-2) fell four points behind the division-leading T-birds.
“I thought our team was sharp,” Nachbaur said. “We didn’t give them a lot of opportunities, and we were opportunistic. Price was on his game, no doubt about that. We need this win.”
Tri-City had just three shots on goal in the first period, but the last one went into the net with only 21 seconds left.
The goal was scored by defenseman Brett Festerling, his second of the season.
Chris Inglis scored the first goal of his career with 2:51 left in the second period.
The Americans scored again on a goal by Ian McDonald at the 19:01 mark, chasing Everett goaltender Michael Wall, who faced nine shots.
SILVERTIPS 0, AMERICANS 3