Going into Saturday night's clash, one team had two days off while the other played Friday and travelled five hours to be in Everett, Washington for the Saturday tilt. Based on the results, the Silvertips looked to be the fresher team as they blanked the Saskatoon Blades 3-0.
Defenceman Montana Onyebuchi touched off the "Teddy Bear Toss" at Xfinity Arena...his point shot eluding Bridge City Bunch netminder Nolan Maier 6:53 into the contest, creating a 13-minute delay...and the 'Tips went on to their fifth straight victory. Everett played just over 12 hours after returning home from a 3-1 triumph Friday in Kamloops while the Blades relaxed and waited...having not played since Wednesday.
"I thought we started the game well," said Saskatoon assistant coach Bryce Thoma. "They got the first goal and then we kind of sagged and didn't play as well the rest of the game as we could have. Some guys played well...there's some guys that didn't. We didn't make a lot of puck plays."
Carter Hart stopped 30 shots for his league-leading fourth shutout of the season and 23rd of his W-H-L career while Maier blocked 34 of 37 shots while guarding the Bridge City Bunch net. The 10-14-3 Blades, now 1-2-0 for their five-game U-S Division road trip, take a 97:45 run of goal-less hockey into Portland Sunday against the Division-leading Winterhawks. Game time is 7 p.m. with the broadcast on 92-9, THE BULL at 6:30. Following is the official game summary from the W-H-L...
Saskatoon Blades 0 at Everett Silvertips 3 - Status: Final Saturday, December 2, 2017 - XFINITY Arena - Everett, WA
Saskatoon 0 0 0 - 0 Everett 2 0 1 - 3
1st Period-1, Everett, Onyebuchi 2 (Richards, Bajkov), 6:53. 2, Everett, Fonteyne 13 (Onyebuchi, Bajkov), 17:21. Penalties-Christensen Sas (tripping), 15:20; Kustra Sas (roughing), 19:13; Zawatsky Sas (roughing), 19:13; Richards Evt (roughing), 19:13; Rubinchik Sas (tripping), 19:20.
2nd Period- No Scoring.Penalties-Dewar Evt (cross checking), 3:33; Farren Sas (slashing), 5:21; Hájek Sas (tripping), 7:02; Kustra Sas (major-fighting), 18:11; Rubinchik Sas (tripping), 18:11; Richards Evt (major-fighting), 18:11.