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Kent Simpson makes 34 saves as Silvertips win 5-1 over Seattle Thunderbirds

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KENT, Wash. - Tyler Mawell scored twice and Kent Simpson made 34 saves on 35 shots for the Everett Silvertips in a 5-1 victory over the Seattle Thunderbirds in the Western Hockey League.

Everett, which came into the game ranked 19th on the power play with a success rate of only 16.7 per cent, scored on its first three opportunities.

Josh Birkholz, with Everett on a 5-on-3 advantage, scored his eighth goal of the season unassisted to even the score after Burke Gallimore opened the scoring for Seattle with a power play goal.

Mawell and Nick Walter gave the Silvertips a 3-1 advantage. The Silvertips finished 3-for-5 on the power play.

The Silvertips added an insurance goal when Zach McPhee scored his second of the season midway through the third period and Maxwell added an empty-netter at 18:38.

The victory snapped a three-game losing streak for Everett, 3-8-2 and drops Seattle to 4-5-0 on the season. It was the second of 10 scheduled between the Pacific Northwest rivals this season and the series now stands at 1-1.

Note: The Silvertips played again without captain Ryan Murray who is out for four weeks with a high ankle sprain. ... The T-birds were without Kyle Verdino, a defenceman who was suspended for a length to be determined after the Silvertips asked for supplemental discipline following a hit during Friday's 3-2 Seattle win in Everett.

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