Silvertips Dropped in Season Opener
EVERETT, Wash. - Sasha Mutala earned a goal and three assists to help move the Tri-City Americans past the Everett Silvertips, 4-2 in the season opener of 2019-20 before 5,318 fans at Angel of the Winds Arena on Friday in WHL action.
Bryce Kindopp, in his first game as Silvertips captain, earned a goal and an assist.
The Tips raised their 2018-19 U.S. Division banner to the rafters and got the crowd buzzing early on with Jackson Berezowski's first of the season, a power play goal at 4:24 to give the Tips a 1-0 lead when he was set up by Wyatte Wylie between the circles. Dustin Wolf, who had 20 saves on the night, came up with a big breakaway save on Connor Bouchard late in the first period.
Nikita Krivokrasov scored a pair of goals in the game and buried his first of the game at 11:27 of the second period on a rebound, and then tacked on his second via a backhanded deke at 1:52 of the third period to give Tri-City their first lead of the game.
Samuel Huo's snap shot off the rush put Tri-City ahead, 3-1 at 5:29 on a delayed penalty but the Tips killed off the infraction, and got back in the game on Kindopp's first of the season at 10:10 of the period when he walked in on Warm from the left circle.
Wolf turned away Paycen Bjorklund on a breakaway and Conrad Mitchell nearly tied the game but was stopped on a snapshot, on a breakaway with five minutes left.
Mutala sealed the game on an empty netter with 1:33 to go.
NOTES: Scratched from the lineup were Martin Fasko-Rudas, Brendan Lee, and Ty Gibson ... the Tips outshot Tri-City, 30-24 and went 40-of-66 at the faceoff circle ... Max Patterson led the Tips at the face-off dot with a 13-of-21 effort.
UP NEXT: The Tips close their two-game homestand tomorrow against the Victoria Royals at 7:05 p.m. (KRKO / WHL Live).
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2019-20 SCHEDULE, TICKET INFORMATION
The Tips full regular season schedule offers full 34-game season tickets, 22-game, and 14-game plans for as little as $215 total per seat. Deposits for $50 will secure a seatfor the 2019-20 season, available at www.everettsilvertips.com/season or by calling (425) 252-5100during normal business hours. Seven game packs are now on sale.
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