Silvertips Rush past Prince George
PRINCE GEORGE, British Columbia - Bryce Kindopp scored a highlight reel game winning goal while Zack Andrusiak and Reece Vitelli (two goals) found the back of the net to help manufacture a four-goal rally, lifting the Everett Silvertips to a 4-1 victory over the Prince George Cougars on Tuesday in WHL action before 2,139 fans at CN Centre.
The Silvertips went 3-1 on a four-game road trip and picked up seven points in a span covering five games in six days and 1,100 miles of travel. The Tips reduced their magic number to 14 points for the U.S. Division title and improved to a four point lead over the Vancouver Giants for the top record in the Western Conference.
Dustin Wolf earned the win with 16 saves.
UP NEXT: The Tips return home Friday, Feb. 22, at 7:35 for a battle against the Seattle Thunderbirds in downtown Everett (KRKO / WHL Live). Tickets available at www.everettsilvertips.com/tickets.
Ethan Browne parked a two-man advantage goal from the right circle for a 1-0 lead to Prince George at 5:56 of the first. The Tips settled the momentum and outshot the Cougars, 14-5 in the first period and continued to mount shots on Taylor Gauthier, who had 29 stops through two periods.
Wolf kept the Tips in the game and made his biggest save on Vladislav Michalchuk's one timer in the second period.
Eventually, the Tips broke through on a defensive breakdown. Kindopp found Andrusiak, who rifled his 36th goal of the season past Gauthier, under the crossbar with 2:31 left in the period to tie the game. Just 3:46 into the third period, Kindopp raced through the Prince George defense and neutral zone, winding his way to the left wing and parking a backhander past Gauthier for a highlight reel goal.
With the Tips nursing a 2-1 lead, they managed the clock and eventually found a bouncer at the net which Vitelli deposited for his 8th goal of the year and a two goal lead with 2:24 into the game.
Vitelli then sealed the game on an empty netter with 1:31 left in the game.
1. EVT - Bryce Kindopp
2. PG - Taylor Gauthier
3. EVT - Jake Christiansen
FINAL STATS: Box score
SILVERTIPS LINE COMBOS
20 / ANDRUSIAK 19 / KINDOPP 27 / PRICE
39 / GONCALVES 12 / PATTERSON 7 / FASKO-RUDAS
90 / HOLMES 26 / VITELLI 17 / BEREZOWSKI
22 / GURNEY 28 / MITCHELL
24 / FAIRBROTHER 29 / WYLIE
23 / CHRISTIANSEN 5 / MINULIN
8 / SEELEY 4 / WALKER
86 / KHAIRA
32 / WOLF
31 / PALAGA
NOTES: Silvertips scratches included Dawson Butt, Connor Dewar, and Riley Sutter ... the Tips improved to 9-1 in the last 10 games against Prince George ... Andrusiak had his 15th goal in the last 21 games ... Kindopp scored his 16th goal since Jan. 1, most on the Silvertips ... the Tips won the battle at the face-off circle, 34-24.
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