It's not often that fans get an assist at a hockey game, but Tyler Dietrich was ready to pass one out to the 4,519 at the Everett Events Center last night. Dietrich heard the fans...
EVERETT It’s not often that fans get an assist at a hockey game, but Tyler Dietrich was ready to pass one out to the 4,519 at the Everett Events Center last night.
Dietrich heard the fans counting down the final seconds of the first period and fired off a quick shot that went in with three seconds left. The power-play goal gave the Silvertips a 2-0 lead on the way to a 4-1 victory over the Spokane Chiefs.
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“I heard the fans chanting five, four, three and the puck was coming my way so I knew I just had to wind up and get something on net,” Dietrich said. “The pass was kind of fluttering, but I had to do something. It was a knuckleball and it must have caught him off guard.”
Everett’s first power-play goal of the period came on a fastball when Ivan Baranka unleashed his rocket of a shot from the blue line. The shot sailed through a crowd in front of the net and past Spokane goaltender Jim Watt.
Spokane, which outshot the Silvertips 25-20 in the game, was never able to recover.
The Silvertips took a 3-0 lead on the first Western Hockey League goal by rookie defenseman Randy King and Torrie Wheat put the game out of reach with his 11th goal of the season, 2:30 into the third period.
Chad Klassen scored his 13th goal of the season to end Michael Wall’s bid for his sixth shutout of the season with 7:36 left in the game.
“It was kind of a Wednesday-night type of game,” Everett coach Kevin Constantine said. “We were just fortunate those first two goals went in. We take those shot a hundred times and they don’t go in, but tonight they went into the net.”
Constantine said he encourages his players to shoot from the point whenever they get the chance.
“I think the No. 1 way to score goals on the power play is to get shots from the point with traffic in front of the net to get rebounds and tips,” Constantine said. “Unless they really see a guy in the shooting lane, we encourage our guys to shoot.”
King’s goal is one Watt would definitely like to have back. It was a bouncer from the blue line that squirted through Watt’s pads to make it 3-0.
The nine-game season series between the teams is tied 1-1 and they meet again in Spokane on Saturday. Everett improved to 17-8-3-2 while Spokane dropped to 10-15-4-1.
The WHL has fined Constantine for the second time this season. Constantine was tossed out of Everett’s win over Portland on Dec. 3 and it will cost him $250. Earlier this season, Constantine was fined $500 was not being available to the media in Prince George.