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Gropp scores in 2-1 loss to Everett

EVERETT, January 30, 2016 — The Everett Silvertips scored with 1:50 left in the game Saturday night at Xfinity Arena to break a tie game and secure a 2-1 win over the Seattle Thunderbirds.

The game was a matchup of the first and second place teams in the US Division. The Silvertips, in first place, are now seven points ahead of the second place T-Birds. The T-Birds host the Kelowna Rockets Sunday at ShoWare Center at 5:05pm.

Everett (29-15-2-2) took a 1-0 lead early in the first period. Brandon Ralph scored from the slot at 2:50 of the period. Devon Skoleski and Lucas Skrumeda had the assists.

Seattle (26-19-3-0) tied the game on the power play with five minutes left in the first. Mathew Barzal won a faceoff in the left circle of the Everett zone backwards. He got the puck and crossed it to Jerret Smith at the right point. Smith passed the puck to Ryan Gropp in the slot. Gropp beat Everett goalie Carter Hart over the blocker for his 23rd goal of the season.

Seattle outshot Everett 12-7 in the first period and 12-10 in a scoreless second period.

The T-Birds had a five-minute power play at the midway point of the third period but were not able to score the go-ahead goal.

Everett’s Graham Millar scored the game winner unassisted from the left of the Seattle net with 1:50 left in the game.  

Seattle goalie Landon Bow had 21 saves on 23 shots and his record is now 15-18-4-0.

Hart had 34 saves on 35 shots and his record is now 28-14-1-2.

T-Birds single game tickets for the 2015-16 season are available online at the T-Birds website and at the ShoWare Center box office. The ShoWare Center Box Office is open Monday through Friday 10 am to 5 pm Saturday game days at 10 am and Sunday game days at noon.

T-Birds season tickets are currently on sale. Season tickets can be purchased by calling the T-Birds office at 253-239-7825.

SCORING SUMMARY

First period – 1, Everett, Ralph 5 (Skoleski, Skrumeda), 2:50. 2, Seattle, Gropp 23 (Smith, Barzal), 15:00. Penalties – Gropp, Sea (unsportsmanlike conduct), 4:42. Ottenbreit, Sea (checking from behind), 9:05. Martin, Evt (boarding), 13:19.

Second period – No scoring. Penalties – Holowko, Sea (hooking), 7:31. Eansor, Sea (interference), 12:11. Leedahl, Evt (interference), 13:04. Leedahl, Evt (major-fighting), 15:30.  Bear, Sea (instigator, major-fighting, 10-minute misconduct), 15:30.

Third period – 3, Everett, Millar 12, 18:10. Penalties – Gropp, Sea (high-sticking), 3:03. Laurencelle, Evt (roughing, major-checking from behind, game misconduct), 10:13. Barzal, Sea (roughing), 10:13. Bear, Sea (instigator, major-fighting, 10-minute misconduct), 15:30. Leedahl, Evt (major-fighting), 15:30.

Shots on goal – Seattle 12-12-11 35, Everett 7-10-6 23. Goalies – Seattle, Bow 23 shots-21 saves (15-18-4-0); Everett, Hart 35-34 (28-14-1-2). Power plays – Seattle 1-3; Everett 0-6. A – 8,352. Referees – Mike Campbell, Jeff Ingram. Linesmen – Adam Brastad, Ron Dietterle.

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