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Everett Defeats T-Birds In Final Preseason Game
Brian Liesse

T-Birds Home Opener Saturday, September 23 vs. Tri-City

KENT, September 16, 2017 — The Everett Silvertips defeated the Seattle Thunderbirds 5-1 Saturday night at accesso ShoWare Center in the final preseason game for both teams.

The WHL Champion T-Birds start the 2017-18 Western Hockey League regular season against the Tri-City Americans on Saturday, September 23 at 7:05pm at the ShoWare Center.

T-Birds single game tickets for the 2017-18 home opener that will feature the raising of two championship banners are currently on sale online on the T-Birds website and at the ShoWare Center box office.

Season Tickets for the WHL Champion T-Birds 2017-18 season are currently on sale. Season tickets can be purchased by calling the T-Birds office at 253-239-7825.

Everett took a 1-0 lead at 18:24 of the first period on a goal from Montana Onyebuchi.

Seattle outshot Everett 9-6 in the first period.

The Silvertips went in front 2-0 on a shorthanded goal from Orrin Centazzo at 12:25 of the second period.

Everett made it 3-0 at 15:50 of the third on a power-play goal from Brandson Hein.

Danton Belluk replaced Dorrin Luding in net with five minutes left in the second period. Luding had nine saves.

Dawson Butt scored on the power play at 5:02 of the third and Riley Bruce scored at 13:25 of the third to give the Silvertips a 5-0 lead.

Seattle got on the board at 16:56 of the third with a four-on-four goal by Reece Harsch. Matthew Wedman passed the puck from the left board to Harsch at the left point. Harsch took a slap shot that beat Belluk over the left shoulder. Noah Philp had the second assist.

Everett outshot Seattle 8-4 in the third period and 29-23 in the game.

Seattle goalie Cole Schwebius had 24 saves on 29 shots.

Belluk had 13 saves on 14 shots.

SCORING SUMMARY

First period – 1, Everett, Onyebuchi 1 (Kindopp), 18:24. Penalties – Dewar, Evt (tripping), 6:13. Neuls, Sea (embellishment), 6:13. Hamaliuk, Sea (tripping), 15:45.

Second period – 2, Everett, Centazzo 5 (Christiansen, Sutter), 12:25 (sh). 3, Everett, Hein 1 (Dewar), 15:50. Penalties – Adams, Sea (unsportsmanlike conduct), 0:00. Dewar, Evt (unsportsmanlike conduct), 0:00. Fonteyne, Evt (major-slew footing, game misconduct), 7:55. Harsch, Sea (slashing), 15:42. Dewar, Evt (elbowing), 19:12. Ormsby, Sea (roughing), 19:37. Christiansen, Evt (roughing), 19:37.

Third period – 4, Everett, Butt 3 (Vitelli), 5:02 (pp). 5, Everett, Bruce 2 (Dewar), 13:25. 6, Seattle, Harsch 1 (Wedman, Philp), 16:56. Penalties – Strand, Sea (closing hand on puck), 3:28. McNelly, Sea (boarding), 8:16. Liwiski, Evt (clipping), 10:58. McNelly, Sea (cross checking), 15:23. Onyebuchi, Evt (unsportsmanlike conduct), 15:23. Christiansen, Evt (roughing), 17:36. Bargar, Sea (roughing), 17:36.

Shots on goal – Seattle 9-10-4 23, Everett 6-15-8 29. Goalies – Seattle, Schwebius 29 shots-24 saves (0-4-0-0); Everett, Luding 9-9 (3-1-0-0), Belluk 14-13. Power plays – Seattle 0-2; Everett 2-4. Referees – Adam Griffiths, Ryan Benbow. Linesmen – Nick Bilko, Devon Sephton.

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