T-Birds Even Series 2-2 With 6-1 Game 4 Win

KENT, May 10, 2017 — Six different Seattle Thunderbirds players scored Wednesday night at ShoWare Center as the T-Birds defeated the Regina Pats 6-1 in Game 4 of the WHL Championship series presented by Rogers. The series is tied 2-2.

Game 5 of the WHL Championship is Friday, May 12, at ShoWare Center at 7:35pm. The T-Birds will travel to Regina for Game 6 of the series on Sunday, May 14. Puck drop for Game 6 is 4pm.

Game 5 be the last game of the season at ShoWare Center for the T-Birds and they are expecting a large crowd. Single game playoff tickets for Game 5 of the WHL Championship are currently on sale on the T-Birds website and at the ShoWare Center box office. The ShoWare Center box office is open Monday through Friday 10 am to 5 pm and Saturday and Sunday game days at noon.

The T-Birds have a Group Ticket Special for Game 5 of the WHL Championship against Regina. Fans can purchase 10 tickets at $22 each for just $220. The Group Ticket Special for Game 5 is available by contacting the T-Birds at 253-239-7825.

Regina took a 1-0 lead on a power-play goal from Sam Steel at 13:15 of the first period. Dawson Leedahl and Chase Hamilton had the assists.

The T-Birds went in front with three goals in 3:22 late in the third period. Ryan Gropp converted on a crisp passing play with Keegan Kolesar and Mathew Barzal at 16:06 on the power play to tie the game 1-1. Barzal entered the Pats zone at center ice and passed to Kolesar on his right. Kolesar sent the puck quickly to Gropp at the back door and he beat Regina goalie Tyler Brown.

Sami Moilanen scored an unassisted goal 16 seconds after Gropp’s goal to put the T-Birds in front 2-1. Brown stopped the puck behind his net but Moilanen got to it before a Regina defenseman and wrapped the puck around and into the net at the left post.

The T-Birds went in front 3-1 at 19:28 of the first on Nolan Volcan’s fourth goal of the playoffs. Ethan Bear skated around the Regina net from right to left and found Scott Eansor in the high slot. Eansor took a shot that Brown stopped. Volcan was on top of the crease and spun to his right and whipped the puck past Brown.

Seattle outshot Regina 12-7 in the first period.

Seattle took a 4-1 lead at 6:52 of the second period on Jarret Tyszka’s second goal of the playoffs. Kolesar carried the puck down the right wing and then centered to Tyszka in the slot. Tyszka took a snap shot that hit Brown’s stick and went into the net. Austin Strand had the second assist on the goal.

The T-Birds extended the lead to 5-1 at 13:52 of the second on a power-play goal from Alexander True. Gropp sent the puck from the right wall to Bear at the right point. Bear skated to his left and then took a wrist shot that True tipped over Brown for his 11th goal of the playoffs.

Kolesar scored at 18:51 of the second to get the T-Birds sixth goal of the game. Donovan Neuls skated out of the right corner and passed the puck to Strand at the mid-point. Strand took a slap shot that was blocked and came to Kolesar in the slot. Kolesar beat Brown over the glove for the goal.

The T-Birds led 24-15 in shots after outshooting Regina 12-8 in the second period.

Jordan Hollett replaced Brown in Regina’s net to start the third period. Brown had 18 saves on 24 shots and his playoff record is now 14-7.

The T-Birds outshot the Pats 12-4 in the third period and 36-19 in the game.

Seattle goalie Carl Stankowski is now 14-4 in the playoffs after making 18 saves on 19 shots in Game 4.

WHL Championship
Regina vs. Seattle
Game 1 Seattle 2, at Regina 1, OT
Game 2 At Regina 4, Seattle 3, OT
Game 3 Regina 3, at Seattle 2
Game 4 At Seattle 6, Regina 1
Game 5 Regina at Seattle, Friday, May 12, 7:35pm
Game 6 Seattle at Regina, Sunday, May 14, 5pm
Game 7 Seattle at Regina, Monday, May 15, 6pm*
*if necessary

SCORING SUMMARY

First period – 1, Regina, Steel 10 (Leedahl, Harrison), 13:15 (pp). 2, Seattle, Gropp 5 (Kolesar, Barzal), 16:06. 3, Seattle, Moilanen 6, 16:25. 4, Seattle, Volcan 4 (Eansor, Bear), 19:29. Penalties – Henry, Reg (holding), 1:38. Bear, Sea (hooking), 11:19. Schioler, Reg (holding), 15:33.

Second period – 5, Seattle, Tyszka 2 (Kolesar, Strand), 2:15. 6, Seattle, True 11 (Bear, Gropp), 13:52. 7, Seattle, Kolesar 10 (Strand, Neuls), 18:51. Penalties – Lockner, Reg (tripping), 2:15. Ahl, Reg (holding opponents stick), 13:46. True, Sea (roughing), 14:35. Leedahl, Reg (high-sticking), 14:45.

Third period – No scoring. Penalties – Andrusiak, Sea (slashing), 9:02. Mahura, Reg (slashing), 9:02. Ahl, Reg (holding), 11:51. Kolesar, Sea (tripping), 12:56. Holmes, Reg (cross checking), 16:39. Volcan, Sea (roughing), 16:39. Mahura, Reg (roughing), 16:39. Zborovskiy, Reg, (cross checking), 19:30. Adams, Sea (slashing), 19:30.

Shots on goal – Seattle 12-12-12 36, Regina 7-8-4 19. Goalies – Seattle, Stankowski 19 shots-18 saves (14-4); Regina, Brown 24-18 (14-7), Hollett 12-12. Power plays – Seattle 2-7; Regina 1-2. A – 4,652. Referees – Derek Zalaski, Steve Papp. Linesmen – Kelsey Mahoney, Mike Roberts.

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