Another season in the Western Hockey League playoffs, another cameo appearance for the Everett Silvertips, but not before a dramatic conclusion...
EVERETT — Another season in the Western Hockey League playoffs, another cameo appearance for the Everett Silvertips, but not before a dramatic conclusion.
The Silvertips rallied from a 3-0 deficit by scoring three third-period goals before Tri-City took a 4-3 overtime win to take the series 4-0.
Zach Yuen scored with only 1:07 left in the first overtime period to give Tri-City the win. The goal came after Tri-City was able to keep the puck in Everett’s end for an eternity and the Silvertips may have succumbed to fatigue.
“Whenever you are in overtime in the playoffs everyone is going to get tired,” Yuen said after the Americans completed the sweep. “Both teams were expending a lot of energy, and I was able to find a little opening and put it in it.”
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Everett’s game-tying goal came from Josh Caron with only 40 seconds left in regulation. Caron, who had only one goal in 53 games, scored when Everett pulled goaltender Kent Simpson for an extra attacker and the Silvertips on a power play.
The comeback was started by Ryan Harrison with a power-play goal at 6:10 that cut Tri-City’s lead to 3-1. Harrison then was whistled for a five-minute major charging penalty. The Silvertips not only killed off the penalty, but Ryan Murray scored to cut the margin to 3-2, setting up Caron’s dramatic score.
The Silvertips were eliminated in the opening round for the fifth straight time and swept for the third time in that period.
“It would have been very easy for our kids to roll over, and they didn’t,” Everett coach Mark Ferner said. “Even when it was 3-0 I thought our guys were playing hard. But that’s a good team, and they’re well deserving of this series.”
The Silvertips appeared ready to be blown out after the Americans took a 3-0 lead on goals by Brendan Shinnimin, Mason Wilgosh and Mitch Topping.
“Give them credit, they definitely didn’t quit,” Tri-City goaltender Ty Rimmer said. “They worked hard all series. … They played us tight, and now we’ll get a well-deserved break.”