It was a hard-fought, close battle all night between two of the top Western Conference squads coming in, Kelowna taking the 50-46 shots-on-goal edge. Kelowna entered with the best winning percentage and riding an 8-game winning streak.
Shea Theodore, the Thunderbirds starting defenseman, scored his 11th goal of the season and added another assist to give him 24 total points through 19 games played. In a season of inconsistencies for Steve Konowalchuk’s team, Theodore has been the lone constant.
Forwards Mathew Barzal and Keegan Kolesar join defenseman Ethan Bear, all currently on the T-Birds roster, as selections for the week-long tournament held in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia from December 29-January 4th, 2014.
Morgan Klimchuk scored twice for Regina and Connor Gay had three assists as the Pats sent Seattle to its fourth consecutive loss with a 5-3 victory. Regina (11-9-0-0) out-shot Seattle 54-31.
Wardley received the suspension for charging prior to last Saturday’s 5-0 loss to Everett. He is scheduled to return for Seattle on Friday, November 15th against Victoria.
Brandon Fushimi and Brandon Magee had two goals apiece and Tyler Soy added three points for Victoria (11-9-0-1) which continued its recent dominance over the Thunderbirds in front of 4,070 Friday night at the ShoWare Center.
Brendan Leipsic and Taylor Leier each scored two goals, while the team’s co-scoring leaders, Oliver Bjorkstrand and Nic Petan, added two assists apiece to help carry the Hawks to their 10th consecutive win.
Wardley was ejected from the game immediately with a game misconduct for “charging,” and the hit also ended the night for De Champlain, who had to be helped off the ice by teammates and the training staff.
Facing a team that it meets just one time per season, Seattle out-hustled and largely out-fought (both literally and figuratively) Brandon in front of 4,096 at the ShoWare Center.
Mumaugh, 17, is the younger of the two goalies. He’s played in eight games this season for the T-Birds, posting a .920 save percentage. Meanwhile, Justin Myles, has played in nine games and has posted a .905 save percentage.
The 2013-14 Seattle Thunderbirds roster