If the Spokane Chiefs don't bounce back to win their Western Hockey League playoff series against Everett, it's likely that Wednesday's double-overtime loss will be seen as the major factor. Read story
Everett left wing Jake Mykitiuk, who scored the winner during double overtime, told Nick Patterson of the Everett Herald that he felt the Silvertips had mostly dominated Wednesday's game.
That may have been true for the first part of the first period, when Everett opened with a 10-4 advantage in shots, and in the slower-paced second period, when the Silvertips outshot Spokane 9-5.
But Spokane turned on the heat in the third period and overtime, outshooting Everett by a combined 31-16 and being within a whisker of winning plays, especially during the early part of the third.
That's what makes the Game 3 loss most agonizing -- knowing that the series lead was right within the Chiefs' grasp.
"It was even-up out there and it came right down to who wanted it more and who's going to get a break, and they created that," Chiefs head coach Don Nachbaur said. "Without overstating it, we lost 2-1 in double overtime. Both teams had chances to win the game."
The game was definitely rugged but played without the onslaught of penalties seen in the first two games. Spokane and Everett had combined for 63 penalties for 216 minutes in Games 1 and 2, but Game 3 ended with four penalties for 8 minutes apiece.
Both teams have done well on the penalty kill. Everett is 3 for 19 on power-play chances while the Chiefs are 3 for 17.