WHL Writers - They needed a shootout to do it, but beating the WHL's
best team gave the Everett Silvertips a huge boost.
The `Tips (6-4-1-0) earned a 4-3 shootout win at Vancouver last
Wednesday and finished the week with two more wins to jump up six
spots to No. 13 overall in the weekly Western Major Junior Hockey
Writers Association poll.
"I wouldn't say anybody imagined that," Everett rookie Byron Froese
told the Everett Herald's Nick Patterson following a 5-2 win over
Kamloops Saturday night. "It was our goal, that's what we were going
to work for. After the first two wins we thought, `Why not? Let's go
for all six points.'"
Despite a second consecutive shootout loss the Giants (7-0-0-3) earned
all 11 first-place votes to sit atop the poll for a third straight week.
Aside from Everett, movement was muted for the most part in this
week's poll. Kootenay was the other big mover, rising four spots to
tie Everett at No. 13. The Ice (6-5-1-3) have won three straight.
Kelowna (7-6-0-0) fell four spots to No. 11 despite winning two of
three in the past seven days. Their only loss was to Everett.
Kelowna's winning percentage is 12th in the league at .538.
The WMJHWA poll, with last week's rank, first-place votes in
parenthesis and total points:
1. (1) Vancouver Giants (11), 242
2. (2) Spokane Chiefs, 230
3. (4) Calgary Hitmen, 220
4. (5) Tri-City Americans, 202
5. (3) Swift Current Broncos, 201
6. (8) Saskatoon Blades, 185
7. (6) Lethbridge Hurricanes, 168
8. (10) Medicine Hat Tigers, 161
9. (12) Brandon Wheat Kings, 158
10. (9) Regina Pats, 147
11. (7) Kelowna Rockets, 139
12. (11) Prince George Cougars, 111
T-13. (19) Everett Silvertips, 105
T-13. (17) Kootenay Ice, 105
15. (13) Prince Albert Raiders, 90
16. (14) Moose Jaw Warriors, 77
17. (15) Chilliwack Bruins, 64
18. (20) Red Deer Rebels, 52
19. (16) Kamloops Blazers, 46
20. (18) Edmonton Oil Kings, 44
21. (21) Seattle Thunderbirds, 25
22. (22) Portland Winter Hawks, 11
Members of the Western Major Junior Hockey Writers Association award
votes in weighted order (22 points for first place, 21 for second,
etc.). A total of 11 completed ballots were cast by the Brandon Sun,
Chilliwack Progress, Kelowna Capital News, Kelowna Daily Courier,
Kootenay NewsAdvertiser, Medicine Hat News, Moose Jaw Times-Herald,
Prince George Citizen, Red Deer Advocate, Regina Leader-Post and