KENT, October 21, 2015 – Ethan Bear scored twice Wednesday night in front of 4,066 at ShoWare Center to lead the Seattle Thunderbirds to a 3-2 victory over the Tri-City Americans.
The T-Birds now have a five-game win streak with the win over the Americans. The T-Birds are on the road for two games this weekend. They play the Vancouver Giants on Friday at 7:30pm at Pacific Coliseum. They then travel to Everett to take on the Silvertips at 7:05pm at Xfinity Arena.
The game against the Americans was the T-Birds annual GLOW Pink The Rink Night. The team wore special pink trimmed jerseys that were auctioned off after the game to support uncompensated care at the Breast Center at Valley Medical Center.
Tri-City (4-5-1-0) went in front 1-0 on a power-play goal from Michael Rasmussen at 17:17 of the first period. Beau McCue and Brian had the assists.
Seattle outshot Tri-City 11-10 in the first period.
Seattle (6-1-1-0) tied the game 1-1 at 13:32 of the second period. Turner Ottenbreit passed the puck to Jamal Watson who skated down the right wing with speed. Watson cut towards the goal and put a backhand shot on Tri-City goalie Evan Sarthou. Sarthou made the save but Scott Eansor banged in the rebound to tie the game.
Both teams had 17 shots on goal after two periods.
Bear put the T-Birds up 2-1 at 2:21 of the third period. Alexander True won a board battle and got the puck low to Nick Holowko. Holowko crossed the puck to Turner Ottenbreit at the left point. Ottenbreit quickly send it back to Bear in the high point. Bear skated down the slot and beat Sarthou with a wrist shot low for his first goal of the season.
Tri-City tied the game 2-2 at 4:59 of the third. Morgan Geekie took a back door pass from Rasmussen and beat Seattle goalie Logan Flodell.
The T-Birds had an apparent go-ahead goal waved off with 12:12 left in the third period. The puck went in the net on a scramble play in front of Sarthou. The referees ruled that the puck was kicked in the net. They went to video review and the call stood.
Bear put the T-Birds in front 3-2 at 11:56 of the third with a power-play goal. Bear took a shot from center ice inside the blue line with True screening Sarthou. The Tri-City goalie did not move as the puck found the back of the net. Jamal Watson and Keegan Kolesar had the assists.
The Americans got a late power play and pulled Sarthou for an extra attacker. Flodell made several key saves and the T-Birds were able to hold on for the victory.
Flodell improved his record to 4-0-0-0 by stopping 27 of 29 shots.
Sarthou had 22 saves on 25 shots and his record is now 4-4-1-0.
T-Birds single game tickets for the 2015-16 season are available online at the T-Birds website and at the ShoWare Center box office. The ShoWare Center Box Office is open Monday through Friday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday game days at 10 a.m. and Sunday game days at noon.
T-Birds season tickets are currently on sale. Season tickets can be purchased by calling the T-Birds office at 253-239-7825.
First period – 1, Tri-City, Rasmussen 3 (McCue, Williams), 17:17 (pp). Penalties – Aucoin, Tri (roughing), 2:57. Eansor, Sea (cross checking), 5:25. Ottenbreit, Sea (roughing), 12:47. Topping, Tri, (roughing), 12:37. Williams, Tri (high-sticking), 12:37. Khaira, Sea (tripping), 16:49. Smith, Sea (holding), 18:29.
Second period – 2, Seattle, Eansor 4 (Watson, Ottenbreit), 13:32. Penalties – Bowles, Tri (roughing), 2:55. Bench, Sea (too many men-served by Barzal), 4:51. Hauf, Sea (roughing), 16:38. Gropp, Sea (cross checking), 16:38. Topping, Tri (roughing), 16:38. Barzal, Sea (10-minute misconduct), 18:10.
Third period – 3, Seattle, Bear 1 (Ottenbreit, Holowko), 2:21. 4, Tri-City, Geekie 1 (Rasmussen), 4:59. 5, Seattle, Bear 2 (Watson, Kolesar), 11:56 (pp). Penalties – Hauf, Sea (unsportsmanlike conduct), :31. Carlo, Tri (unsportsmanlike conduct), :31. Sandhu, Tri (tripping), 5:57. James, Tri (hooking), 11:06. Wotherspoon, Tri (hooking), 13:36. True, Sea (holding), 14:13. Kolesar, Sea (roughing), 17:13.
Shots on goal – Seattle 11-6-8 25, Tri-City 10-7-12 29. Goalies – Seattle, Flodell 29 shots-27 saves (4-0-0-0); Tri-City, Sarthou 25-22 (4-4-1-0). Power plays – Seattle 1-6; Tri-City 1-7. A – 4,066. Referees – Mike Langin, Jason Nissen. Linesmen – Jarrod Boman, Zach Brooks.