|Steven Hodges is stopped by Kent Simpson in a 3-2 loss.|
The Silvertips sweep the two game set by identical scores in their first two meetings of the season and climb to within 3 points of the Royals for the final playoff spot in the West. Victoria with 40 points is tied with Seattle for 8th, with the Thunderbirds holding 3 games in hand.
Kent Simpson made 29 stops again to earn his 12th victory of the season. Keith Hamilton made 26 saves Wednesday suffering his 28th defeat.
Victoria out shot Everett 31 – 29, while their power play went 1 for 2, stopping all 3 Everett chances.
Enio Sacilotto, Royals assistant coach following the game:
The Royals opened the scoring in the second on Jamie Crooks 30th, but the Silvertips would add a pair to take a 2-1 lead to the third on goals by Ryan Harrison and Ryan Chynoweth. Dakota Conroy evened the score at 2, with Hayden Rintoul collecting his second assist of the night.
With 8 and a half minutes left, Harrison would net the eventual game winner with his second of the evening, taking the full 4 points in the two game set. They’ll meet next in Everett on March 7th, and 10th.
The Royals continue their 5 game homestand (0-2) next Wednesday against the Calgary Hitmen.
F Taylor Crunk and his post game comments:
|Ryan Harrison scores|
|Ben Walker's one timer blocked by Kent Simpson.|
Wednesday, February 8, 2012 - Save-On-Foods Memorial Arena - Victoria, BC
Everett 0 2 1 - 3
Victoria 0 1 1 - 2
Penalties-Hodges Vic (tripping), 12:32; served by Walker Vic (too many men), 14:52.
1, Victoria, Crooks 30 (Rintoul, Soudek), 2:16 (PP).
2, Everett, Harrison 15 (Bauml, Fowlie), 8:05.
3, Everett, Chynoweth 2 (Murray, Caron), 14:59.
Penalties-Murray Evt (holding), 0:36; Walker Vic (hooking), 12:11.
4, Victoria, Conroy 7 (Rintoul, Crunk), 4:47.
5, Everett, Harrison 16 (Walters), 11:37.
Penalties-Bittner Evt (hooking), 14:45.
Shots on Goal-
Power Play Opportunities-
Everett 0 / 3; Victoria 1 / 2.
Everett, Simpson 12-24-1-5 (31 shots-29 saves).
Victoria, Hamilton 16-28-1-4 (29 shots-26 saves).
Referees-Derek Zalaski (8).
Linesmen-Ryan Gibbons (73), Bevan Mills (98).