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Seattle, December 27, 2006 - The Everett Silvertips beat the Seattle Thunderbirds 5-4 in a shootout Wednesday night in front of 4,334 at KeyArena.

Jesse Smyke put one past Derek Yeomans in the 12th round of the shootout to give the Silvertips a 5- 4 shootout win that saw 24 shooters between the two teams. Everett won the shootout 5-4 on goals from Zach Hamill, Moises Gutierrez, Brennan Sonne, Jesse Zetariuk and Smyke. Seattle's scorers in the shootout were Jan Eberle, Bud Holloway, Greg Scott and Prab Rai.

The Thunderbirds are 16-9-1-9 in the race for the U.S. Division. The T-Birds now have 42 points on the season, good for second in the division, and a one game lead over both Tri-City and Spokane, each with 40 points. Everett's Dan Gendur took the puck on the opening face-off and put it in for an early 1-0 lead seven seconds into the period. Kyle Beach had the lone assist.

The T-Birds quickly evened the score 30 seconds into the first with Eberle's 10th goal of the season. Holloway recovered the puck from a face-off and headed towards the crease. Holloway got off a shot as he was pulled down to the ice from behind. The shot hit Everett goalie David Reekie in the chest and fell right of the crease. Eberle crashed the net and went over the shoulder of Reekie on the glove side to make it 1-1.

Eberle made it 2-1 at 19:17 of the first with his 11th goal of the year, second on the night. Everett attempted to clear the puck from their zone, but had it intercepted in the slot by Aaron Gagnon. Gagnon took a shot from right of the crease that hit the pads of a diving Reekie and fell out of the crease on the left side. Eberle came from around the net, right to left, and put the puck in high at the right post. Holloway also assisted on the goal.

Everett (28-5-0-1) outshot Seattle 10-9 in the first.

The Silvertips tied the game at 10:50 of the second period on a goal from Hamill. Assists went to Jonathan Harty and Gendur.

The Tips added another at 11:25 of the second on a goal from Jason Fransoo.

The T-Birds made it 3-3 at 12:49 of the second on the eighth goal of the year from Radek Meidl. Meidl raced down the far boards and fired a one-timer from inside the blue line that deflected off the stick of a retreating Silvertips defender and fell at the skates of Josh Schappert located in the right face-off circle. Schappert's attempt ricocheted off the pads of a diving Reekie and fell left of the crease. Meidl trailed his initial shot attempt and found the loose puck and vacated net for the tying goal.

Seattle outshot Everett 12-11 in the second. Both teams each had 21 shots through two periods.

Beach gave the Silvertips a 4-3 lead 34 seconds into the third period. Gutierrez and Ondrej Fiala assisted on the power-play goal.

Eberle tied the game 4-4 as the seconds ticked down in the game. Eberle crashed the net for his third goal of the night. This was Eberle's first hat trick in the WHL. Eberle has 12 goals on the season. The unassisted goal was registered at 18:51 of the third with the Seattle goalie pulled. Seattle outshot Everett 7-6 in the third. The T-Birds went into overtime with a 28-27 advantage.

Both teams had one shot apiece in the scoreless overtime period. Seattle and Everett each had 29 shots on the night.

Yeomans turned away 24 of 28 shots as his record goes to 12-6-1-7.

The Thunderbirds return to the ice on Friday, December 29, to take on divisional rivals the Portland Winter Hawks. The puck drops at a special 7:35 p.m. Friday start time.

Thunderbird tickets are currently on sale for all 2006- 07 regular season home games. Tickets are priced at $20, $16 & $12 Tickets may be purchased by calling 206-628-0888 or 206-448-PUCK (7825) or online at Seattle Thunderbirds Hockey. Tickets may also be purchased at all TicketMaster Outlets, the KeyArena West Box Office Monday - Saturday 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM and The Hockey Store located at 14326 124th Ave NE in Kirkland. For additional ticket information on Season Tickets and Group Rates please call 206- 448-PUCK.
 
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