It’s obvious that the Everett Silvertips are in the Seattle Thunderbirds’ kitchen and they’re cooking up a tremendous dinner. If you haven’t seen the comments from Seattle head coach Matt O’Dette after the last couple of games, you need to hunt them up because this has turned into the WHL’s best rivarly.
The Thunderbirds and Silvertips are scheduled to meet again on Saturday in Everett and March 10 in Kent, Wash. After that, they may end up going head-to-head in the first round of the playoffs. Fans of both teams need to buckle up and enjoy the ride, because these rivalries tend to come and go, depending on the competitiveness of both sides.
In this instance, these teams are competitive with each other, never mind the fact that Everett is 22 points ahead in the standings. In the season series, Everett is 4-2-2; the Thunderbirds are 4-3-1.
The Kamloops Blazers and Kelowna Rockets made an attempt to revive their rivalry on Saturday night in the Little Apple. The Rockets blew a 3-0 lead, trailed 4-3, then came back to win 6-5 in a game that concluded with something of a brouhaha. But you can’t have a fierce rivalry when one team — in this case, Kelowna — is 6-0-0 in the season series.
No, I won’t be waking up at 5 a.m., just because there are NHL trade deadline shows on TV. . . . Yawn!
Remember when teams would get franchise-type players like D Erik Karlsson and keep them for the duration of their careers?
Those of us from a certain generation relived some memories this weekend when the New York Rangers reunited the GAG Line. You remember Jean Ratelle, Vic Hadfield and Rod Gilbert, don’t you? . . . If you don’t, and even if you do, Larry Brooks of the New York Post has more right here.
Yes, the Swift Current Broncos lost F Tanner Nagel to injury following a fight in a game on Sunday afternoon. Hey, what’s a kid with a brain injury now and then? By all means, let’s keep fighting in the game.
If you’re looking for an interesting read, you may want to try Court Justice: The Inside Story of My Battle Against the NCAA. . . . Written by former UCLA basketball star Ed O’Bannon, along with lawyer Michael McCann, it really opens a window onto the NCAA and the way it has used inane rules to take advantage of student-athletes.
When you’re pondering who might win the WHL’s Ed Chynoweth Cup, don’t count out the Spokane Chiefs as long as their big three — D Ty Smith, F Jaret Anderson-Dolan and F Kailer Yamamoto — are healthy.
With the U.S. sixth in the medal count, behind Russia, during the Olympic Winter Games, Michael Rosenberg of SI.com pointed out that Russia “isn’t even officially here. I was pretty fired up about that. That’s like losing a bar bet to an empty stool.”
Did you see Fergie’s rendition of the U.S. national anthem at the NBA All-Star Game? After that one, Jim Barach of WCHS-TV in Charleston, W.Va., noted: “Even Rosanne was saying, ‘I’m finally off the hook!’ ”
IF THE PLAYOFFS OPENED TODAY …
Saskatoon at Moose Jaw
Brandon at Medicine Hat
Regina at Swift Current
Red Deer at Lethbridge
Seattle at Everett
Tri-City at Kelowna
Spokane at Portland
Vancouver at Victoria
At Saskatoon, F Brayden Burke had a goal and two assists to lead the Moose Jaw Warriors to a 4-2 victory over the Blades. . . . Moose Jaw (46-12-3) has won two in a row, and has set a franchise record for most victories in one season. The Warriors lead the overall standings, by two points over Swift Current. Moose Jaw has two games in hand. . . . Saskatoon (31-29-3) has lost two straight. It holds down the Eastern Conference’s second wild-card spot, two points ahead of Prince Albert, which has a game in hand. . . . F Ryan Peckford gave the visitors a 1-0 lead at 1:52 of the opening period. . . . The Blades tied it at 6:55 when F Braylon Shmyr scored his 33rd goal. . . . Burke scored the next two goals, at 4:59 and 14:52 of the second period, to give the Warriors a 3-1 lead. He’s got 31 goals. . . . F Josh Paterson (27) pulled the home side to within a goal at 12:10. . . . F Jayden Halbgewachs got the empty-netter for Moose Jaw, his WHL-leading 59th goal of the season, at 19:04. . . . F Justin Almeida had two assists for Moose Jaw. . . . The Warriors were 0-3 on the PP; the Blades were 0-4. . . . G Adam Evanoff stopped 33 shots for the Warriors, one more than Saskatoon’s Nolan Maier. . . . D Dawson Davidson again was among Saskatoon’s scratches. . . . D Kale Clague was among Moose Jaw’s scratches. . . . Moose Jaw D Jett Woo completed a three-game suspension by missing this one. . . . The Warriors will go on to play in Lethbridge on Tuesday and Cranbrook, B.C., on Wednesday as they play four games in five nights. . . . Announced attendance: 3,662.
At Calgary, F Ty Lewis marked his return to Brandon’s lineup with two goals as the Wheat Kings doubled up on the Hitmen, 6-3. . . . Brandon (33-24-5) has won two in a row, both on the road. It is fourth in the East Division, one point behind Regina. Brandon is in possession of the Eastern Conference’s first wild-card spot, six points up on Saskatoon. . . . Calgary (19-34-7) had won its previous two games. . . . F Conner Chaulk (14) gave the home team a 1-0 lead at 4:14 of the first period. . . . The Wheat Kings took a 2-1 lead on second-period goals from F Cole Reinhardt (16), at 5:30, and D Schael Higson (4), on a PP, at 13:32. . . . F Jakob Stukel (30) tied it, on a PP, at 15:40. . . . Brandon went out front 3-2 at 19:00 as F Luka Burzan (11) scored. . . . Lewis, who hadn’t played since Feb. 19, upped the lead to 4-2 with a shorthanded goal at 9:14. . . . F Jake Kryski (14) pulled the Hitmen back to within a goal at 18:02. . . . The Wheat Kings then got two empty-netters, from Lewis (34) and F Ben McCartney (2). . . . F Stelio Mattheos had two assists for Brandon, with Burzan getting one. . . . Kryski and Chaulk each had an assist for Calgary. . . . Each team was 1-4 on the PP. . . . The Wheat Kings got a big game from G Logan Thompson, who stopped 45 shots as he celebrated his 21st birthday. . . . G Matthew Armitage, in his first start since Feb. 3, stopped 33 shots for Calgary. . . . The Wheat Kings played three games in fewer than 48 hours, going 2-1-0. . . . Announced attendance: 7,376.
At Edmonton, F Glenn Gawdin and F Beck Malenstyn each had four points, and G Stuart Skinner recorded the shutout, as the Swift Current Broncos dumped the Oil Kings, 8-0. . . . Swift Current (44-14-5) is second in the overall standings, two points behind Moose Jaw. . . . Edmonton (18-36-8) has lost four in a row (0-3-1). . . . Edmonton went 0-3-0 in playing three games in fewer than 48 hours. . . . Gawdin, who has 54 goals, scored on a first-period penalty shot, then added a second-period shorthanded goal. . . . Gawdin now has a WHL-leading 117 points, eight more than Moose Jaw F Brayden Burke. . . . Malenstyn scored his 12th goal and added three assists. . . . The Broncos, who led 2-0 and 5-0 by period, also got two goals from F Tyler Steenbergen (43) and singles from F Matteo Gennaro (38), D Sahvan Khaira (6) and D Connor Horning (3). . . . F Giorgio Estephan had two assists, with Khaira and Gennaro getting one each. . . . Swift Current was 1-7 on the PP; Calgary was 0-6. . . . Skinner, who is from Edmonton, stopped 20 shots in posting his sixth shutout this season and the 12th of his career. . . . G Josh Dechaine started for the Oil Kings and was beaten eight times on 38 shots in 52:42. Boston Bilous, who hadn’t played since Dec. 15 because of mononucleosis, finished up by stopping all three shots he faced in 7:18. . . . Swift Current F Tanner Nagel left the game at 4:04 of the second period after being injured in a fight with Edmonton F Colton Kehler. . . . Announced attendance: 8,431.
At Everett, the Spokane Chiefs erased a 1-0 deficit with five goals and went on to a 5-2 victory over the Silvertips. . . . Spokane (36-21-5) has won three in a row. It is third in the U.S. Division, one point behind Portland. . . . Everett (41-18-5) had points in each of its previous 11 games (9-0-2). It leads the Western Conference, by five points over Kelowna. . . . The Silvertips completed a run of seven games in 10 days at 5-1-1. . . . The Chiefs were went 3-0-0 in playing three games in fewer than 48 hours, the first two at home. . . . Everett also played three games in fewer than 48 hours, going 2-1-0. . . . F Bryce Kindopp (19) gave the Silvertips a 1-0 lead at 16:26 of the first period. . . . F Riley Woods (21) tied it at 7:42 of the second period, and F Riley McKay (3) put the visitors ahead at 13:44. . . . F Kailer Yamamoto (19) upped the lead to 3-1 at 15:59. . . . D Filip Kral (6) added insurance at 1:34 of the third period, with D Matt Leduc (1) making it 5-1 at 15:34. . . . F Sean Richards (20) got Everett’s second goal, at 16:29. . . . D Ty Smith had two assists for Spokane. . . . Everett was 0-1 on the PP; Spokane was 0-2. . . . G Donovan Buskey stopped 29 shots for the Chiefs. . . . The Silvertips got 24 saves from G Dustin Wolf. . . . Announced attendance: 6,087.
MONDAY (all times local):
Kamloops vs. Vancouver, at Langley, B.C., 7 p.m.