‘Birds Collapse In Overtime, Lose Third Straight
KENT, April 2, 2013 –It all comes down to one game for the Seattle Thunderbirds and Kelowna Rockets in their first round playoff series.
Myles Bell scored the game-winning goal at 10:39 of overtime Tuesday night at ShoWare Center to give the Rockets a 4-3 win and tie the series 3-3. Game 7 is Wednesday night at Prospera Place at 7:05pm.
Kelowna (3-3) took a 1-0 lead 22 seconds into the game when Cody Fowlie scored. Tyson Baillie and Dylan McKinlay had the assists.
Seattle (3-3 came right back and tied the game 1-1 at 2:40 of the first period on an unassisted goal from Connor Sanvido. Sanvido got to a loose puck along the right boards and headed towards Kelowna goalie Jordon Cooke. Sanvido beat Cooke over the glove for his first goal of the playoffs.
The T-Birds went in front 2-1 at 8:33 of the first. Justin Hickman moved the puck into the Kelowna zone on the left side and then passed to Riley Sheen in the left circle. Sheen took a shot that Cooke stopped but Adam Kambeitz got the rebound. Kambeitz beat a sprawling Cooke for the go-ahead goal.
Luke Lockhart put the T-Birds in front 3-1 50 seconds after their second goal. Roberts Lipsbergs made a big hit in the left corner to free the puck from a Kelowna defenseman. Lipsbergs carried the puck around the net and centered to Lockhart coming into the slot. Lockhart beat Cooke high for the goal.
The Rockets cut the T-Birds to one goal at 14:56 of the first when Tyrell Goulbourne scored. Damon Severson and Nick Merkley were credited with the assists.
Kelowna tied the game 3-3 at 16:20 of the first on Fowlie’s second goal of the game. Baillie and Madison Bowey had the assists.
Kelowna outshot Seattle 20-11 in the first period.
The Rockets led in shots 43-21 after two periods by outshooting the T-Birds 23-10 in the second period.
The T-Birds killed off a five-minute major penalty to Justin Hickman for the last 3:35 of the second period and first 1:25 of the third period.
The T-Birds outshot the Rockets 15-12 in the third period. The Rockets had a 55-36 advantage in shots after 60 minutes of play.
The T-Birds outshot the Rockets 7-4 in overtime.
Seattle goalie Brandon Glover stopped 55 of 59 shots and his record in the playoffs is 3-3.
Cooke made 40 saves on 43 shots and his record is now 3-3 in the playoffs.
First period – 1, Kelowna, Fowlie 2 (Baillie, McKinlay), :22. 2, Seattle, Sanvido 1, 2:40. 3, Seattle, Kambeitz 1 (Hickman, Sheen), 8:33. 4, Seattle, Lockhart 3 (Lipsbergs), 9:23. 5, Kelowna, Goulbourne 1 (Severson, Merkley), 14:56. 6, Kelowna, Fowlie 3 (BaIlie, Bowey), 16:20. Penalties – No penalties.
Second period – No scoring. Penalties – Hickman, Sea (major-checking to the head, game misconduct), 16:25.
Third period – No scoring. Penalties – Olsen, Kel (slashing), 5:25. Bell, Kel (boarding), 10:30.
Overtime – 7, Kelowna, Bell 4 (Martin, Severson), 10:39. Penalties – No penalties.
Shots on goal – Seattle 11-10-15-7 43, Kelowna 20-23-12-4 59. Goalies – Seattle, Glover 59 shots-55 saves (3-3); Kelowna, Cooke 43-40 (3-3). Power plays – Seattle 0-2; Kelowna 0-1. A – 4,344. Referees – Brett Iverson, Nathan Wieler. Linesmen – Chris Sweeting, Nathan Van Oosten.