EVERETT — Mirco Mueller scored the deciding goal halfway through the third period as the Everett Silvertips picked up an important 2-1 victory over the Seattle Thunderbirds in Western Hockey League action Friday night.

With the victory, Everett improves to 29-23-7-1 and stays solidly in seventh place in the Western Conference as eight teams fight for playoff positions.

The Thunderbirds fall to 37-19-2-3, but still hold securely to fourth place in the Western Conference.

Mueller’s goal, the fourth this season for the defenseman, gave the Silvertips a 2-0 lead at Comcast Arena.

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Dawson Leedahl opened the scoring for Everett quickly, 1:41 into the game. It was the sixth goal of the season for the left wing.

Justin Hickman scored the lone Seattle goal with 1:03 left. It was the 20th goal for the center.

Goaltender Austin Lotz made 17 saves for the Silvertips.

Taran Kozun had 26 saves in the losing effort for Seattle. Everett had a solid 28-18 advantage in shots.

From league reports