(1090 The Fan) — After 71 games, Seattle and Everett needed one more to settle playoff seeding in the Western Conference of the Western Hockey League.
With the Thunderbirds’ 6-1 win at Tri-City and the Silvertips’ 5-4 shootout loss to Portland, both teams finished with 88 points. That meant that Seattle (41-25-2-4), by virtue of its higher win total, won the tiebreaker over Everett (39-23-7-3) and earned the No. 4 seed.
The two teams will begin their best-of-seven playoff series on Saturday at 7:05 p.m. at the ShoWare Center in Kent. Games will alternate between the cities through the entire seven game series with Game 2 in Everett on Sunday at 4:05 p.m., Game 3 following on March 25th in Kent and Game 4 March 28th in Everett. It is the first time the two teams have faced off in the playoffs since Everett joined the WHL in the 2003-04 season.
“We’re all excited for the playoffs,” Seattle captain Justin Hickman said earlier in the week speaking for his team. “We’re very confident…I think we are built for the playoffs. It’s an exciting time of the year.”
Seattle and Everett faced off against each other 10 times during the regular season with each team winning five times. Everett, though, has won the last three including the last two in Seattle while outscoring the T-Birds 10-4 in the past three games.
The Silvertips finished the season on a tear, winning 11 of their final 13 games with the two losses coming at the hands of U.S. division-champion Portland by a combined two goals. Seattle knows firsthand just how good Portland is. The T-Birds played Portland for the final two times during the regular season over the weekend, losing both by a combined score of 12-2.
Single game playoff tickets for the T-Birds go on sale at 10 a.m. Monday both online on the T-Birds’ official website and at the ShoWare Center box office.
-Anthony Dion, 1090 The Fan
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