The table was set. Game on home ice and Beck Warm, who was riding a six-game win streak, was in net. The only thing missing were the goals.
Everett, behind a sterling performance in net by Carter Hart, gobbled up a 3-0 victory Wednesday night to hand the Tri-City Americans just their second loss on home ice this season.
Hart finished with 43 saves for his third shutout in 10 games. He now owns the franchise record for career shutouts with 22, surpassing Leland Irving (21).
“It helps that we are playing really well right now,” Hart said. “It helps to get that first goal. The biggest thing is we started off really well and pressured them. We were short on forwards and guys were playing where they weren’t used to, but they stepped up and we got the two points.”
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Tri-City (13-7-2-0, 28 points), which lost its second game in a row, sits six points back of U.S. Division leader Portland, and just one point in front of Spokane. The Americans continue their seven-game homestand Friday against the Regina Pats.
“We did a lot of things good, but we couldn’t solve their goalie,” Tri-City coach Mike Williamson said. “We played well, we just dug ourselves a hole.”
Tri-City poured on the pressure in the third period, outshooting Everett 21-2, but Hart never wavered.
Trailing 2-0 in the second, the Americans had quality chances by Nolan Yaremko, Kyle Olson and Jordan Topping, but could not get the puck past Hart.
At the other end, Orrin Centazzo hit Byce Kindopp coming down the slot and the Silvertips (11-12-1-1, 24 points) took a 3-0 lead on the power play at 12:13.
The Silvertips gobbled up a pair of turnovers in Tri-City’s end in the first period that cost the Americans two goals.
The first came just 2:57 into the game, as Kevin Davis picked off a pass and put the puck over Beck Warm’s right shoulder.
Everett made it 2-0 at 8:59 as the Silvertips intercepted an Anthony Bishop pass and Martin Fasko-Rudas put the puck in the net for his first goal of the season.
“We turned over two pucks and they capitalized,” Williamson said. “Other than that, I thought the effort was there.”
The Americans played without forward Michael Rasmussen and defenseman Juuso Välimäki, who Williamson said were nursing minor injuries.
“It’s nothing long term,” he said. “We are taking it day by day. We will wait and see for Friday.”
Silvertips 3, Americans 0
First — 1, Evt, Davis 4, 2:57. 2, Evt, Fasko-Rudas 1 (Fonteyne), 8:59. Penalties — Krebs, TC (interference), 6:16.
Second — 3, Evt, Kindopp 5 (Centazzo, Bajkov), 12:13 (pp). Penalties — Bjorklund, TC (tripping), 6:16; Ormsby, Evt (unsportsmanlike conduct), 9:16; Olson, TC (unsportsmanlike conduct), 9:16; Geekie, TC (roughing), 10:20; Bajkov, Evt (boarding), 19:04.
Third — No scoring. Penalties — Fonteyne, Evt (high-sticking), 12:29; Coghlan, TC (slashing, cross-checking, game misconduct), 19:33; Topping, TC (misconduct), 19:33; James, TC (misconduct), 19:33; Centazzo, Evt (roughing), 19:33.
Shots — Evt 11-14-2 — 27. TC 12-10-21 — 43. Power plays — Evt 1-4. TC 0-2. Goalies — Evt, Hart 6-3-0-1 (43 shots-43 saves). TC, Warm 7-3-0-0 (27-24). Referees — Mike Campbell and Stephen Campbell. A — 3,054.