The final playoff series in the Western Conference was confirmed Sunday night after the Portland Winterhawks defeated the Seattle Thunderbirds 8-2 at Memorial Coliseum.
With the loss, Seattle was eliminated from the playoffs, finishing two points behind eighth-place Everett (22-40-2-8, 54 points).
The Silvertips, who earned points in six of their last 10 games, will take on the U.S. Division champion Tri-City Americans (50-18-2-2, 104 points) in the first round of the Western Hockey League playoffs.
"They were a better team in the second half of the season," Tri-City coach Jim Hiller said of Everett. "They have been a pretty good team all along, but they were healthy in the second half.
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"Everybody understands that it starts equal in the playoffs, but we have home ice for a reason. We have a great team and I like how we've done this season."
Games 1 and 2 are Friday and Saturday at Toyota Center. In the 2-2-1-1-1 best-of-7 format, Everett will host Games 3 and 4 March 27-28 at Comcast Arena. Game time is 7:05 p.m. each night.
If necessary, Game 5 will be played March 31 at Toyota Center, Game 6 at Comcast Arena on April 2, and Game 7 back in the Tri-Cities on April 4.
The Americans were 6-2 against the Silvertips this season, including a 4-1 victory Friday that earn them their fourth U.S. Division banner in five years.
In other first-round matchups in the Western Conference, No. 2 Kamloops will play No. 7 Victoria, No. 3 Portland will play No. 6 Kelowna, and No. 4 Vancouver will play No. 5 Spokane.
All of the WHL playoff series begin Friday, with the exception of Brandon and Calgary, which starts Thursday at the Saddledome.