EVERETT, WA "“ All streaks must come to an end and, for Everett"™s Landon Ferraro, the end of his 20-game goalless streak could not have come at a better time.
Ferraro scored twice, including the game-winning tally, and back-up goaltender Luke Siemens stopped 29 shots to lift the Everett Silvertips (17-18-2-3, 39 pts) past the visiting Tri-City Americans (23-12-1-1, 48 pts) 3-2 in front of 5,548 fans at Comcast Arena. With the win, Everett snapped their three-game losing streak and improved to 4-2 vs. Tri-City this season. Meanwhile, Tri-City saw their four-game winning streak come to an end.
In atypical fashion, the Americans found themselves chasing the "˜Tips throughout the first period, as Everett outshot Tri-City 17 to 7 through the first 20 minutes. But, it wasn"™t until the final five minutes of the first period, that the "˜Tips finally got something past Drew Owsley. With 5:48 remaining in the period, Ferraro knocked his own rebound out of mid-air, and past Owsley, to put Everett on top 1-0.
Then, just 1:31 into the second period, Everett made it a 2-0 lead. Bringing the puck out from behind his own net, Brendan Shinnimin"™s outlet pass was picked off by Clayton Cumiskey deep inside Tri-City"™s zone. Cumiskey quickly fired the turnover past a startled Owsley, collecting his fourth goal of the season.
Fifteen minutes later, and on the power play, Shinnimin atoned for his mistake by notching his 15th goal of the season. During a scramble in front of Siemens, Shinnimin was there at the far post to shovel in a Tyler Schmidt rebound, pulling the Americans to within one headed into the second break.
Trying to tie the game, Tri-City spent four of the first eight minutes of the third period on the penalty kill. And, just nine seconds into their sixth power play, Everett connected to go back up by two. From the right point, Ryan Murray let a shot go that sailed just wide of Owsley and the Tri-City net. However, his shot kicked off the back wall and straight to Ferraro, who put back the rebound and made it 3-1.
Five minutes later, however, Tri-City pulled back to within one after Schmidt sent a drive from the mid-point through the pads of Siemens. But, in the final two minutes, late penalty calls against the Americans cost them any chance at a full comeback, as Everett sealed the victory.
Making his 11th start of the season, Siemens stopped 29 of the 31 shots he faced, improving to 2-0 vs. Tri-City and 6-5 on the season. Meanwhile, despite the loss, Owsley continued his strong play in picking up 36 saves. Tri-City finished the night 1-for-4 on the power play, while Everett was 1-for-8 on the man-advantage.
The Americans will now prepare to kick-off a four-game homestand tomorrow, January 8 when the host the Central Division"™s Lethbridge Hurricanes (13-18-2-6). Game time is 7:05 p.m. at the Toyota Center. After falling to Spokane on Friday, Lethbridge is looking to avoid being swept by the U.S. Division this season. The Hurricanes have not won in Kennewick since a 5-4 win back on December 11, 1999, a span of five straight trips. They have gone 0-3 with two ties since that victory. Meanwhile, Tri-City comes in having won seven straight at the Toyota Center and looking to improve to 4-1 vs. the Central Division this season. Tickets are available through all Ticketmaster outlets, including online at ticketmaster.com, the Toyota Center box office, or all Fred Meyer outlets. The game will also be broadcast live on NewsTalk 870 AM, starting with the Sterling Savings Bank Warm-up Show at 6:45 p.m.