It was an important weekend of road games for Seattle after it rebounded from consecutive losses with a 2-0 homestand over divisional rivals Tri-City and Spokane to begin the week. Yet, the T-Birds played like two completely different teams.
After a poor start to the season, Mumaugh has been markedly better including a 28-save performance in Tuesday’s 4-2 victory over the Silvertips.
Keegan Kolesar scored two goals and added an assist to lead Seattle (17-15-2-2) to just its second win in five games against division-leading Everett (21-11-3-1). Ethan Bear had a late goal to go with two assists, and reserve goaltender Danny Mumaugh had 28 saves in his sixth start.
Yet, despite holding a 80.8 penalty-kill percentage, good for 10th in the Western Hockey League through 25 games, Seattle has allowed four goals in 11 power-play chances over its last two games. An uncommon lapse for a team normally sound.
A late third period penalty on Seattle’s Justin Hickman led to the game-tying goal by Everett’s Graham Millar. As the 10th shooter in the shootout, Carter Cochrane scored to give the Tips a 3-2 win in the game between U.S. Division rivals.
Seattle’s 20-year-old captain scored two goals and added two assists to lead the team with four points in its 5-3 win over Spokane.
Carter Hart, 16, made 26 saves to record a shutout in his Western Hockey League debut, a 1-0 victory for the Silvertips. An early goal by Everett’s Graham Miller against a distracted Seattle squad held up as the difference to lead the Silvertips to a season-opening win.
The Seattle Thunderbirds will play seven exhibition games prior to the start of the 2014-2015 regular season.
Branden Troock scored twice and goalie Taran Kozun bounced back from allowing six goals, Friday, to secure his first shutout of the series with 24 saves to help Seattle advance to the second round where it will face Kelowna.
Khaira, who had not scored all series, delivered a hat trick while teammate Brayden Low provided a goal and an assist as Everett extended its season at least one more night with a dominating 6-1 victory in front of 4,908 at the Comcast Arena.