By Annie Fowler | Tri-City Herald
It’s coming down to the wire in the Western Hockey League. Just three weeks left in the season and every win is treasured and every loss is a dagger in the heart.
Everett’s Josh Winquist and Patrick Bajkov supplied a pair of daggers Saturday night, each scoring in the shootout as the Silvertips handed a 3-2 loss to the Tri-City Americans before a crowd of 4,767 at Toyota Center.
“We had some great efforts by some guys and some guys whose effort wasn’t good enough,” said Americans coach Jim Hiller.
It was the sixth consecutive loss for the Americans (27-28-3-4, 61 points), who saw their lead over the Prince George Cougars cut to one point for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference.
The Silvertips (30-23-7-1, 68 points), who won at Tri-City for the first time this season, remained in seventh place in the West, seven points in front the Americans.
“It’s crunch time and you can see the light at the end of the tunnel,” said Silvertips coach Kevin Constantine. “It makes for close, intense games.”