The Everett Silvertips are heading back to the Western Hockey League Playoffs for the 16th-straight season.
A 5-0 win for the Silvertips against the Portland Winterhawks, coupled with a 4-1 loss by the Kamloops Blazers confirmed the spot in the second season for the U.S. Division club. The Silvertips will lay claim to at least one of the two wild card spots available in the WHL’s Western Conference at the very minimum.
With a 38-13-1-1 record, the Silvertips now have 78 points through 53 games. Through 52 games, the Blazers have 45 points, making their maximum amount points possible 77.
Saturday’s victory came in style as defenceman Jake Christiansen recorded the first hat trick of his WHL career and 2019 NHL Draft prospect Dustin Wolf stopped all 29 shots for his league-leading sixth shutout of the season. The win improved the Silvertips’ record in the season series versus Portland to 6-3-0-0.
Up next for the Silvertips is their pursuit of clinching a third-straight U.S. Division title, the best record in the Western Conference for a third-straight year, and the Scotty Munro Memorial Trophy, awarded to the team with the best regular season record.
The Silvertips are back in action Wednesday, February 13 (7:05 p.m. PT) at Angel of the Winds Arena against the Red Deer Rebels.