Seattle still holds one-point edge in standings
KENT — There was a lot of talk about primates after the Everett Silvertips scored a 3-2 overtime victory over the Seattle Thunderbirds in Western Hockey League action Saturday night.
“That’s a huge monkey to get off our backs,” Everett coach Garry Davidson said after the Silvertips ended a franchise-record 11-game losing streak with the victory. “Of course, it didn’t come easy, but I guess that’s why it’s so sweet, too.”
For Seattle, the huge gorilla in the room is the amazing number of overtime defeats. The Thunderbirds are 2-7 this season in the tiebreaking period and have three more overtime defeats than any other team in the league.
“These overtime losses are getting frustrating,” Seattle coach Steve Konowalchuk said. “We’ve sure let a lot of overtimes slip away.”
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Seattle (21-32-7-1) remains one point ahead of Everett (22-35-1-4) for seventh place in the Western Conference. The T-birds have 11 games left in the regular season, the Silvertips 10.
Seattle goaltender Brandon Glover played well, allowing only two five-on-three power-play goals by Tyler Sandhu in regulation and then a three-on-one score by Mirco Mueller in overtime.
“We have to start to find a way to win these games that go to overtime,” Glover said. “We’ve struggled when we’ve played four-on-four and given up a lot of odd-man rushes in OT. Overall, I thought we played well.”
Everett built a 2-0 lead through two periods, but it was all Seattle in the third period.
“We did a good job squeezing a point out of that coming back in the third period,” Glover said. “We have points in our last five games and that tells us that we’re right there. Tonight I felt like we deserved to win. If we continue to play like that we’re going to win more often than not.”
Davidson said the victory was bittersweet.
“We’re really happy to get the win, but any time you are up 2-0 going into the third you should finish it in regulation,” Davidson said. “We’re just happy to get two points any way we can.”
Only eight teams make the playoffs, and Seattle is now ahead of Prince George by six points and Everett has a five-point advantage.
Seattle played without leading scorer Connor Honey, listed as day-to-day with an upper body injury.
Seattle captain Luke Lockhart played in his 334th game and is now second on the Seattle career list. Lockhart moved past Tyler Metcalfe and is only behind Glen Goodall, who played in 399 games for Seattle.