Mac Engel is still looking for his first Western Hockey League victory. That he didn’t get it Friday night in Everett’s Comcast Arena was hardly his fault.
The Spokane Chiefs’ backup goaltender turned aside 37 of the 38 shots he faced in his fifth start, but the one that got past him proved decisive as the Everett Silvertips pulled out a 2-0 victory.
Everett tacked on an empty-net goal with 13 seconds to play with and Engle off the ice for an extra attacker in dealing Spokane its first shutout loss of the season. It was the Chiefs’ second straight loss after they won six straight, and their first loss in regulation in 12 games.
The loss leaves the Chiefs (18-10-3-2, 41 points) a point ahead of Tri-City for second place in the U.S. Division. The Americans were 9-1 winners over visiting Vancouver on Friday.
Luke Siemens, Everett’s backup goaltender, turned back all 27 of the Spokane shots he faced to collect his second shutout, but he had an easier time than Engel.
Spokane spent much of the game killing penalties – eight to Everett’s three – and three times faced 5-on-3 disadvantages, where Engel stood his tallest.
Tyler Maxwell scored both Everett goals in the final seconds of the second and third periods for his 22nd and 23rd goals.