Saturday, December 19, 2009

WHL: T-Birds win in OT; 'Tips lose at home

T-Birds beat Spokane 3-2 in OT

The Seattle Thunderbirds notched a victory on the road in Spokane, beating the Chiefs 3-2 in overtime. Spokane got on the board first, as Mitch Wahl scored late in the first period, assisted by Kenton Miller and Tanner Mort. The T-Birds tied things up early in the second period, on an unassisted goal by Mikhail Sentyurin (his second of the season).

Prab Rai put Seattle ahead early in the third, scoring his 21st goal, with help from Lindsay Nielsen and Erik Fleming. The Chiefs came back to tie things up halfway through the period. Anthony Bardaro found a way past Calvin Pickard at 11:06. Brady Brassart and Corbin Baldwin got the assists.

The game headed into overtime and it looked as though it would end in a shootout, but with 23 seconds left on the clock, Charles Wells teamed up with Jeremy Schappert and Brenden Dillon put the puck past Spokane goaltender James Reid, to give the T-Birds a win over a strong Chiefs team. Final score: Seattle 3, Spokane 2. Shots on goal: Seattle 30, Spokane 25. Three Stars of the Game: 1. Mitch Wahl (Spokane) 2. Prab Rai (Seattle) 3. Charles Wells (Seattle).

The T-Birds return home to ShoWare Center in Kent tonight to face the Swift Current Broncos, their last game before the Christmas holiday. The puck drops at 7:05 and tickets are still available. Just click here for more information.

Tri City shuts out Everett 3-0

The Tri City Americans brought their physical, high-shooting game into Comcast Arena and shut out the Everett Silvertips. Justin Feser scored the first goal for the Ams 9:30 into the first period on a power play, as Daniel Iwanski sat in the box on a boarding call. Jordan Messier and Brooks Macek assisted. Tri City struck again late in the first. Johnny Lazo scored his 20th goal of the season on a shorthanded play at 15:14, while teammate Patrick Holland served a hooking penalty. Justin Feser was credited with the assist.

Lazo struck again in the final minute of the third period, finding an empty net. Sophomore goaltender Drew Owsley turned away all 32 of the Silvertips’ shots, while Everett netminder Kent Simpson did an admirable job blocking a majority of Tri City’s 40 shots. Final score: Tri City 3, Everett 0. Three Stars of the Game: 1. Drew Owsley (Tri City) 2. Justin Feser (Tri City) 3. Kent Simpson (Everett)

The Silvertips boarded a bus after last night’s game to travel to Chilliwack, BC. They face the Bruins tonight at 7:00 in their last game before the Christmas holiday. For more information on the ‘Tips’ home schedule, click here.

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