April 4, 2019
by Lauren Zandee
For the Everett Silvertips and Spokane Chiefs, their matchup in the second round of the 2019 WHL Playoffs will be the concluding chapter of their heated U.S. Division story.
After battling it out during the 2018-19 WHL Regular Season for first and second place in the U.S. Division, the two teams will need to gear up for the final round, where only one team will emerge victorious.
Last time the two teams faced off in post-season action was in the first round of the 2015 WHL Playoffs, where the Silvertips defeated the Chiefs in a 4-2 series.
In their WHL history together, this was the third time Everett advanced over the Chiefs with Spokane’s only playoff series victory occurring in the 2008 WHL Playoffs, in the first round.
Heading into the second round of playoffs, Everett leads Spokane with a record of 6-0-1-1, giving the Silvertips a clear home-ice advantage as well as strong winning statistics over the Chiefs. But, don’t discount Spokane just yet.
Their compete level is among the highest in the league and they are well-known for pushing teams into overtime or even a shootout with just a few minutes remaining in the game. If the Chiefs are in the position of a tie, overtime or shootout, they will need to focus on their finish as that’s where Everett typically dominated in the regular season.
With captain Connor Dewar (Minnesota Wild), Bryce Kindopp and Zack Andrusiak leading the offensive charge, the Silvertips don’t have any troubles scoring. Martin Fasko-Rudas and Max Patterson also bolstered the Silvertips scoring chances in the first round of the 2019 WHL Playoffs.
Add in strong goaltending by 2019 NHL Draft prospect Dustin Wolf and an albeit younger defensive core, the Silvertips are looking strong and fresh for the second round.
Both of Spokane’s 2019 NHL Draft prospects Luke Toporowski and Adam Beckman performed well in the first round of playoffs, finishing with five points each.
Combined with Riley Woods, co-captain Jaret Anderson-Dolan (Los Angeles Kings), rookie Jack Finley and Eli Zummack, the Chiefs’ offensive efforts were tough for Portland to beat.
Strong additions on the blue line include co-captain Ty Smith (New Jersey Devils), Nolan Reid and Filip Kral (Toronto Maple Leafs) all of whom will be hungry to shut down Everett’s offense.
The series will get underway at the Angel of the Winds Arena in Everett, Washington. Saturday, April 6 (7:05 p.m. PT) and continue with Game 2 Sunday, April 7 (4:05 p.m. PT). For Games 3 and 4, the series will move to the Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena beginning on Wednesday, April 9 (7:05 p.m. MT).