If the 8,276 at the Everett Events Center wondered just who they were watching last night, it's understandable. The Everett Silvertips unusually wore their white uniforms in a...
EVERETT — If the 8,276 at the Everett Events Center wondered just who they were watching last night, it’s understandable.
The Everett Silvertips unusually wore their white uniforms in a home game, their roster featured such unfamiliar names as Matt Sawa and Lenny Young, and lots of prime playing time went to guys who usually play reserve roles.
One thing was the same for the sellout crowd: The Silvertips worked hard from start to finish and rode the hot goaltending of Michael Wall to a 2-0 victory over the Spokane Chiefs.
Alex Leavitt, who had a goal and an assist for the Silvertips, knew his team might have been a bit fortunate in winning after being outshot 34-24.
“We got the win, but I wouldn’t say I’m too happy with it because they outshot us and outchanced us, too,” Leavitt said. “We are missing a number of players and the new guys played great, but we’re playing a really strong team tomorrow and if we play like that, we probably won’t get the two points that we need.”
He was referring to the Silvertips’ game against the U.S. Division-leading Seattle Thunderbirds at KeyArena tonight.
Wall made 34 saves to collect his sixth shutout of the season.
“I was a little bit shaky early,” Wall said. “I was a little scrambly but was able to get back to basics. I did have some tough saves but that’s my job, especially with some new guys with inexperience in the lineup.”
The new players were brought in because there are six Silvertips players away at either the World Junior Championships or World U-17 Tournament.
Leavitt scored his sixth goal of the season and now has 25 points.
“It was nice to get the goal because I’ve really been struggling all year to score,” he said. “It’s been frustrating and kind of a mental grind. Hopefully, the tide will be changing. If that one hadn’t gone in, maybe I’d have to try a different sport.”
Leavitt’s goal came on the power play. He one-timed a rebound past Spokane goaltender Jim Watt, a shot that hit the post, bounced sideways and slid just over the goal line.
“I actually made pretty weak contact, and when it hit the post I nearly had a heart attack,” he said. “Fortunately, it went in.”
Leavitt’s goal came at the 11:20 mark of the second period. Leavitt helped make it 2-0 when he sent a perfect pass from behind the Spokane net to Karel Hromas, who scored his 10th goal of the season.