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Peter Mueller scores in shootout to help Silvertips beat Giants 6-5

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Canadian Press
Jan 21, 2007, 11:34 PM EST

VANCOUVER (CP) - Peter Mueller's shootout goal gave the Everett Silvertips a 6-5 victory over the Vancouver Giants in WHL action Sunday.

Mueller also scored in regulation and added two assists for Everett (36-7-0-2). Ondrej Fiala, Moises Gutierrez and Dan Gendur scored the other goals for the Silvertips before a crowd of 10,704 at the Pacific Coliseum. J.D. Watt led Vancouver with two goals, while Michal Repik, Wacey Rabbit and Brendan Mikkelson also scored. But Watt's late penalty enabled the Silvertips to overcome a 5-4 deficit.

The Giants (30-10-3-5) remained winless in four of six meetings with Everett this season.

Vancouver outshot Everett 38-19.

Everett took a quick 2-0 lead midway through the opening period as Fiala and Gutierrez combined for the two fastest goals in the Silvertips' four-year history.

Fiala opened the scoring at 10:07, beating Vancouver goaltender Tyson Sexsmith with a high wrist shot on the glove side. Gutierrez put the Silvertips ahead at 10:19 when he put in Peter Muller's rebound.

The goals eclipsed the record of 15 seconds that Everett set in 2004 against Brandon.

Repik cut Vancouver's deficit to 2-1 at 15:57 as Everett goaltender Leland Irving misplayed a dump-in outside of his crease, enabling the Giants winger to score into a vacant net.

Rabbit created a 2-2 tie at 1:26 as he fired in Spencer Machacek's long rebound, and then Watt gave Vancouver a 3-2 advantage just 55 seconds later.

But Everett's Gendur evened the score at 3-3 at 5:24.

Mueller sent the Silvertips ahead 4-3 lead on a power play at 16:49 of the second session. The goal came only 25 seconds after Vancouver's Kenndal McArdle was penalized for slashing.

But the Giants replied with a power-play goal of their own with only 38.2 seconds left in the middle frame. Mikkelson fired home Repik's rebound to create a 4-4 deadlock.

Watt gave Vancouver a 5-4 lead exactly eight minutes into the third.

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