EVERETT, Wash. - The Everett Silvertips Connor Dewar scored the game tying goal with 23.2 seconds left, then won the game with his second straight goal at 1:10 of overtime to lift Everett to a 6-5 come from behind win over the Spokane Chiefs Sunday in Everett. It marked the second straight night the Chiefs had surrendered a game tying goal in the final minute of regulation and lost in overtime. With the loss, Spokane is now tied for 4th in the U.S. Division with Tri City with 57 points, 10 back of division leading Everett.
Spokane took the early lead as Jake McGrew’s tip of a Kailer Yamamoto shot beat Everett goalie Carter Hart at 10:15 of the first to make it 1-0 Chiefs. The assist extended Yamamoto’s point scoring streak to 10 straight games. Everett would tie the game at one on a Matt Fonteyne rebound at 15:08, but the Chiefs would re-gain the lead 2:14 later on Luke Toporowski’s 3rd goal in 5 games to give Spokane a 2-1 edge after one. Everett would re-tie the game on a tipped shot from Spencer Gerth at 2:52, but the Chiefs would go back up 3-2 when Jaret Anderson-Dolan scored on a Yamamoto feed at 5:58. The Silvertips would respond back midway through the period on a Wyatt Wylie power play goal to tie the game up at 3 after two periods.
Yamamoto would give the Chiefs the lead once again on a power play goal at 2:16 of the third period to give Spokane a 4-3 advantage. Yamamoto then found an open Anderson-Dolan net front and he scored his team leading 27th goal of the season at 4:38 to put the Chiefs up 5-3. Everett started their comeback just 30 seconds later as Wylie scored his second of the night to cut the margin to 5-4. The lead held until the final minute of the period when the Silvertips pulled Hart from net for an extra attacker. Connor Dewar worked free net front to score in the final 23 seconds of regulation to force overtime.
In the OT, Dewar capped the comeback with a score into an open net off an odd man rush 1:10 in to give Everett their 4th win in 6 games with the Chiefs this season. The loss spoiled a 4 point night for Yamamoto as he scored a goal and 3 assists, and Anderson-Dolan’s 2 goal performance. Everett out shot Spokane 48-42 in the game, but the Chiefs went 2-3 on the power play against the league’s top penalty kill unit, while going 2-3 on the penalty kill. The 5 goals surrendered by Everett’s Hart were a season high for the league’s top rated goaltender.
With the loss, the Chiefs are now 1-0-2 on their 7 game road trip. Spokane will play game 4 of their season long 7 game road swing Friday in Cranbrook, B.C. when they visit the Kootenay Ice at 6 pm Pacific. Mike Boyle will have the call on 1510 KGA starting with the pre-game show at 5:30 pm.