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March 23  |  Nick Patterson
March 23  |  Nick Patterson
(Note: line combinations and defensive pairings are not provided during the playoffs)

EVERETT

Starting goalie: Simpson.

Scratches: Lofthouse, Grayson, Samoridny, Adam.

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March 23  |  Nick Patterson
Off to Kennewick this morning for tonight's Game 1.



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March 22  |  Nick Patterson
The WHL announced its Western Conference all-star teams and award nominees this afternoon, and Everett captain Ryan Murray was named in both.

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March 21  |  Nick Patterson
I've been given the go ahead to make the trek to Kennewick during the first-round playoff series between the Silvertips and Tri-City. Traveling with the team during the playoffs had been in the balance because of budget reasons. But this is great for coverage, as I now will get a first-hand look at Everett's road games, as well as the capability of getting immediate reaction from both sides. It's also great for me, as I've been to every playoff game in franchise history except two during that...

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March 20  |  Nick Patterson
Tri-City won the season series against Everett 6-2, outscoring the Tips 31-19. Here's the individual stats from those eight games (games, goals-assists-points, penalty minutes, plus/minus):

EVERETT

Birkholz 8, 4-3-7, 6, 0

Winquist 7, 2-3-5, 2, +1

Fowlie 8, 1-3-4, 33, 0

Petryk 4, 3-0-3, 8, -1

Walters 6, 1-2-3, 17, -2

Harrison 8, 0-3-3, 12, -6

Bauml 8, 1-1-2, 4, -6

Chynoweth 8, 0-2-2, 6, -1

Murray 6, 0-2-2, 0 -4

Yadlowski 6, 0-2-2, 2, -2

Barnett 3, 1-0-1, 0 -1

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March 19  |  Nick Patterson
The best-of-seven, first-round playoff series between eighth-seeded Everett and top-seeded Tri-City begins Friday in Kennewick. The Americans won the season series 6-2.





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March 18  |  Nick Patterson
Portland beat Seattle 8-2 tonight, meaning the Tips extended their streak to making the playoffs in every season of franchise existence to nine seasons. Everett will face top-seeded Tri-City in the first round. Here's the schedule:

Game 1: Everett at Tri-City, Friday, 7:05 p.m.

Game 2: Everett at Tri-City, Saturday, 7:05 p.m.

Game 3: Tri-City at Everett, Mar. 27, 7:05 p.m.

Game 4: Tri-City at Everett, Mar. 28, 7:05 p.m.

Game 5 (if necessary): Everett at Tri-City, Mar. 31, 7:05 p.m.

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March 18  |  Nick Patterson
Pretty simple. Portland wins and the Tips are in the playoffs. Seattle wins and we've got one more game Tuesday.



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March 17  |  Nick Patterson
TALKING POINTS

Wow! What can you say about that one. In nine years this had to be the most meaningful Everett-Seattle game yet, and boy did it live up to its billing. This was an absolute thriller. Everett had to win to keep its season alive. Then the Tips fell behind four different times. But Everett battled back every time, and Cody Fowlie potted the biggest goal of his life with less than five minutes remaining for the game winner.

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March 17  |  Nick Patterson
EVERETT

Forward lines:

Winquist-Petryk-Birkholz

Harrison-Bauml-Fowlie

Erricson-Hayer-McPhee

Boyd-Chynoweth-Lofthouse

Defensive pairings:

Murray-Yadlowski

Caron-Bittner

Morden-Grayson

Starting goalie:

Simpson

Scratches: Walters, Barnett, Samoridny, Adam.

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March 17  |  Nick Patterson
Since I'll be covering tonight's game in person, instead of a live blog you get this:



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March 17  |  Nick Patterson
So Everett's 4-1 loss at Tri-City, coupled with Seattle 4-3 victory at Spokane, sets the stage for today's do-or-die game between the Tips and T-birds in Kent. The teams are currently tied for the eighth and final playoff position in the Western Conference with 52 points. Victoria, which finished with 55 points, is safely in the playoffs, but can still be caught by Seattle for seventh, as the T-birds have two games remaining. Prince George, after losing 10-4 to Kamloops, is now out of...

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March 16  |  Nick Patterson
It's really getting down to it now.



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March 15  |  Nick Patterson
We've reached the final weekend of the regular season and the Silvertips still have everything to play for. First, here's where things stand in the race for the Western Conference's final two playoff berths:

7. Victoria, 53 points, one game remaining

8. Everett, 52 points, two games remaining

9. Seattle, 50 points, three games remaining

10. Prince George, 48 points, two games remaining

Here's what's in store this weekend:

FRIDAY

Everett at Tri-City

Portland at Victoria

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March 14  |  Nick Patterson
Both Seattle and Prince George won Tuesday night, meaning the playoff race has tightened.



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March 12  |  Nick Patterson
One week remains in the regular season, and this is how the race for the Western Conference's final two playoff spots stands:

7. EVERETT, 52 points, three games remaining

8. VICTORIA, 51 points, two games remaining

9. SEATTLE, 48 points, four games remaining

10. PRINCE GEORGE, 46 points, three games remaining

Remaining schedules:

EVERETT (3) - @Kel, @TC, @Sea.

VICTORIA (2) - Por, Por.

SEATTLE (4) - Spo, @Spo, Evt, @Por.

PRINCE GEORGE (3) - @TC, @Kam, Kam.

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March 11  |  Nick Patterson
As you may know, I had my laptop mishap last week, and I'm not certain my temporary replacement can handle the CoverItLive software, but we'll give it a try and see what happens. Cross your fingers.

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March 10  |  Nick Patterson
TALKING POINTS

The Tips may well have put themselves into the playoffs tonight.

Everett produced a strong all-around performance in their home finale, moving back ahead of Victoria for seventh in the Western Conference. The Tips have a game in hand on the Royals and a more favorable schedule in the season's final eight days, so they may be there to stay.

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March 10  |  Nick Patterson
EVERETT

Forward lines:

Winquist-Petryk-Birkholz

Harrison-Bauml-Fowlie

Erricson-Hayer-McPhee

Boyd-Chynoweth-Lofthouse

Defensive pairings:

Murray-Yadlowski

Caron-Bittner

Morden-Grayson

Starting goalie:

Simpson

Scratches: Walters, Barnett, Samoridny, Adam.

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March 9  |  Nick Patterson
March 9  |  Nick Patterson
EVERETT

Forward lines:

Winquist-Petryk-Birkholz

Harrison-Bauml-Fowlie

Erricson-Hayer-McPhee

Boyd-Chynoweth-Lofthouse

Defensive pairings:

Murray-Adam

Caron-Yadlowsk

Morden-Bittner

Starting goalie:

Lotz

Scratches: Walters, Barnett, Grayson, Samoridny.

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March 9  |  Nick Patterson
One last trip to Everett by Portland, so one last Portlandia clip.



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March 8  |  Nick Patterson
I've been doing a little research on Tips goaltender Kent Simpson for a feature that's running in Friday's paper. Simpson's numbers have greatly improved of late. Just how drastic has the change been? Here's a before and after look at Simpson's numbers, with the cutoff date being just before Everett's trip to Prince George in late January:

BEFORE

8-24-1-5, 3.77 goals against average, .900 save percentage

AFTER

10-5-0-0, 2.34 goals against average, .932 save percentage

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March 7  |  Nick Patterson
TALKING POINTS

I'm not sure how, but the Tips find themselves in seventh place in the Western Conference. Victoria thoroughly outplayed Everett tonight, outshooting the Tips 37-13, and Everett looked nothing like the team that took it to high-flying Tri-City on Saturday. The Tips didn't play with a whole lot of energy, and they had all kinds of difficulty handling the puck.

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March 7  |  Nick Patterson
EVERETT

Forward lines:

Winquist-Petryk-Birkholz

Harrison-Bauml-Fowlie

Erricson-Chynoweth-Lofthouse

Boyd-Hayer-McPhee

Defensive pairings:

Murray-Adam

Caron-Bittner

Morden-Grayson

Starting goalie:

Simpson

Scratches: Walters, Yadlowski, Barnett, Samoridny.

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March 6  |  Nick Patterson
How does one know the hockey postseason is right around the corner? Descriptions of injuries become more and more vague. Such is the case for Everett defenseman Nick Walters. He missed last weekend's two games because he was "banged up." Now he's being described as "injured," and Tips coach Mark Ferner said Walters was day to day, though Walters didn't practice today.

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March 6  |  Nick Patterson
Here's how the race for the Western Conference's final two playoff spots stands heading into the final two weeks of the season:

7. VICTORIA, 48 points, six games remaining

8. EVERETT, 47 points, seven games remaining

9. SEATTLE, 44 points, eight games remaining

10. PRINCE GEORGE, 42 points, seven games remaining

Remaining schedules:

VICTORIA (6) - @Evt, @Kel, @Evt, @Van, Por, Por.

EVERETT (7) - Vic, Por, Vic, @Sea, @Kel, @TC, @Sea.

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March 5  |  Nick Patterson
The Silvertips begin the week in eighth place in the Western Conference, one point behind Victoria. Everett plays host to the Royals twice this week. In between Everett plays host to Portland while the Victoria travels to Kelowna, then on Sunday the Tips head to Seattle while the Royals play at Vancouver. Everett swept Victoria when the Tips traveled to the island for two games in early February. Seattle and Prince George are still in the mix, but are three and five points, respectively, behind...

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March 3  |  Nick Patterson
TALKING POINTS

That was probably the most complete performance I've seen from the Tips this season. Everett never trailed, took control of the game with an excellent second period in which the Tips outscored the Ams 3-0, and did a great job limiting Tri-City's scoring chances in the third.

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