Saturday, March 1, 2008

A win is a win is a win.....

Make that 2 wins this weekend. One was pretty. One wasn't--turns out it didn't need to be. The Tips picked up 4 points and played a terrific game against a playoff-bound Seattle team, so we can cut them some slack against Portland.

Credit Leo's Winterhawks for taking advantage of a lackluster performance by Everett and making a game of it down to the last 6.5 seconds in the overtime period. Considering the high intensity and fierce physical battle between the Tips and T-birds the previous night, the boys came to play just well enough to secure a win over Portland, while leaving the fans holding their collective breaths one more time.

Everett is now 19-10 since the Christmas break and overall has performed admirably in spite of late season key injuries to their D core. The Tips find themselves now ahead of Kelowna and just 2 points behind Seattle going into a three-game road trip in the week ahead.

With Irving looking to be at the top of his game, and with Gendur, Hamill and Crowley adding consistency to their play, this streaky team can continue to rack up more wins, though the remainder of the schedule is not without obstacles.

The biggest question is whether the Tips can beat the T-birds in their own barn. It's something they better be able to do, because there's a good chance that Everett will face Seattle in the first round of the playoffs. It would be great to have lots of Tips fans at the final regular season game at Seattle on Sunday 3/16--cowbells and all!

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