KENT, January 6, 2017 – The Seattle Thunderbirds defeated the Everett Silvertips 4-3 in a shootout Friday night at ShoWare Center.
Keegan Kolesar was the only shooter to score in the shootout and his goal wasn’t counted until after a video review. Kolesar was the first shooter and he deked left then brought the puck back right and put it through Everett goalie Mario Petit’s legs. Petit slid backwards into the net with the puck under him and after he crossed the goal line he tried to throw the puck back into the crease. The referee did not immediately point for a goal and went to the scorer’s box to initiate a video review. After several minutes the referee pointed at center ice and awarded the goal to Kolesar.
Seattle goalie Rylan Toth stopped Orrin Centazzo with his right pad and denied Conner Eetu Tuulola and Devon Skoleski on their attempts to beat him through the legs. Toth finished the game with 38 saves on 41 shots and his record is now 16-14-1-0.
Alexander True and Zack Andrusiak, the T-Birds second and third shooters, were not able to convert on their shootout attempts.
The T-Birds travel to Spokane to play the Chiefs on Sunday at 5:05pm.
Seattle (20-14-3-1) went in front 1-0 at 12:31 of the first period on Luke Orsmby’s third goal of the season. Anthony Bishop brought the puck off the right boards and took a shot from the right circle. The puck rebounded off Everett goalie Mario Petit into the slot where Ormbsy trailing the play got to it. Ormbsy beat Petit high on the stick side.
The T-Birds took a 2-0 lead at 18:03 of the first when Zack Andrusiak scored off a scramble. Donovan Neuls and Turner Ottenbreit each got shots in close on Petit. The puck popped to Andrusiak to the left of the net. Andrusiak put the puck over Petit as the goalie tried to slide across the crease to make the save.
Seattle outshot Everett 13-11 in the first period.
Donovan Neuls gave the T-Birds a 3-0 lead 1:03 into the second period. Ryan Gropp had the puck in the left corner on a delayed penalty call on Everett. Neuls came off the bench and Gropp hit him with a pass in the slot. Neuls beat Petit over the glove for his ninth goal of the season. Matthew Wedman had the second assist.
Everett (25-5-6-1) got on the board at 10:11 of the second on a power-play goal from Dominic Zwerger. Riley Sutter and Matt Fonteyne had the assists.
Everett outshot Seattle 13-8 in the second period and led 24-21 in shots after two periods.
The Silvertips cut the T-Birds lead to one goal at 2:03 of the third on power-play goal from Riley Sutter. Patrick Bajkov and Connor Dewar had the assists.
Everett tied the game 3-3 on a power-play goal by Matt Fonteyne at 3:15 of the third. Zwerger and Davis had the assists.
Everett outshot Seattle 13-6 in the third period and led 37-27 in shots after 60 minutes.
The teams played overtime without a whistle with each team having chances but Toth and Petit made the saves.
Petit finished the game with 25 saves on 28 shots and his record is now 8-2-2-1.
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First period – 1, Seattle, Ormbsy 3 (Bishop), 12:31. 2, Seattle, Andrusiak 5 (Neuls, Ottenbreit), 18:03. Penalties – No penalties.
Second period – 3, Seattle, Neuls 9 (Gropp, Wedman), 1:03. 4, Everett, Zwerger 18 (Sutter, Davis), 10:11 (pp). Penalties – Harsch, Sea (holding), 9:23. Wedman, Sea (hooking), 10:50. Dewar, Evt (interference), 13:08. Ormsby, Sea (roughing), 13:08. Wylie, Evt (roughing), 13:08.
Third period – 5, Everett, Sutter 12 (Bajkov, Dewar), 2:03 (pp). 6, Everett, Fonteyne 11 (Zwerger, Davis), 3:15 (pp). Penalties – Ottenbreit, Sea (interference), :18. True, Sea (slashing), 2:03. Tuulola, Evt (holding), 3:43.
Overtime – No scoring. Penalties – No penalties.
Shootout – Seattle 1 (Kolesar G, True NG, Andrusiak NG). Everett 0 (Centazzo NG, Tuulola NG, Skoleski NG).
Shots on goal – Seattle 13-8-6-2-1 29, Everett 11-13-13-4-0 41. Goalies – Seattle, Toth 41 shots-38 saves (16-14-1-0); Everett, Petit 28-25 (8-2-2-1). Power plays – Seattle 0-3; Everett 3-4. A – 4,418. Referees – Jeff Ingram, Shane Warschaw. Linesmen – Nick Bilko, Michael Labbe.

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