The Seattle Thunderbirds ended a frustrating streak of 102 minutes and 43 seconds without scoring against the Everett Silvertips by scoring three times in the third period in a...
The Seattle Thunderbirds ended a frustrating streak without scoring against the Everett Silvertips by scoring three times in the third period in a 3-1 Western Hockey League win last night.
Yashar Farmanara tipped in a hard shot by Clayton Barthel at 13:27 of the third period for the winning goal in the hard-fought game in front of 6,135 fans that cheered both teams at KeyArena.
Everett’s Shaun Heshka broke a scoreless tie 2:18 into the third period when he scored on a power play, but Seattle’s Ryan Gibbons tied the score 25 seconds later when he snapped the T-birds’ scoring drought of 102 minutes, 43 seconds against the Silvertips.
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“I wish I could say we drew it up that way,” Seattle coach Rob Sumner said. “We were just looking for a good shift and we were able to score. Yashar is a gifted offensive player, and it was good to see him make his ice time count.”
It was Farmanara’s third goal of the season and evened the 10-game season series between the teams at a game apiece.
Aaron Gagnon scored his 22nd goal of the season into an empty net for Seattle.
Seattle outshot Everett 32-15 in the game, a battle between the top two teams in the U.S. Division.
Goaltender Bryan Bridges picked up the win and is now 20-6 this season.
“It’s always a great game when we play Everett,” Bridges said. “The defense played very well in front of me, and I only had to make a couple of really good shots on me. We’ve all been psyched up for this game. We couldn’t wait to play them after what happened last time.”
The Silvertips beat the T-birds 3-0 in the first meeting of the season back in October, a game Sumner said may have been his team’s worst of the season.
“It’s a game we remember because we didn’t play very well and they beat us in every phase of the game,” Sumner said. “We were able to play a fairly complete game against them this time, but you know when you play Everett it’s going to be tough to generate much offense.”
Seattle, 24-9-0-1 on the season, was 0 for 6 on the power play, while Everett, 18-11-6-2, was 1 for 6.
Since Everett began play in the WHL last season, the teams are 5-5-3 against each other.
Everett’s Tyler Dietrich was injured in the third period after taking an open ice hit by Zack FitzGerald. There was no penalty on the play and Dietrich was helped off the ice by teammates.
The two teams renew the rivalry Saturday in Everett.
* The T-birds play in Portland on New Year’s Eve, then in Everett the following night. Everett is off until Seattle comes to town.
* Lindsay Nielsen played his second game for the T-birds. Nielsen, 15, is eligible for five games in the regular season.
* Seattle is 11-2-0-0 in U.S. Division play; Everett is 9-4-3-1.