The Kelowna Rockets defeated the Seattle Thunderbirds 5-2 Wednesday night at ShoWare Center in Game 4 of their second round playoff series.
The Kelowna Rockets defeated the Seattle Thunderbirds 5-4 Tuesday night at ShoWare Center in Game 3 of their best-of-seven second round playoff series. The win stretched Kelowna’s series lead to 3-0, with Game 4 Wednesday night at the ShoWare Center at 7:05 pm.
This was a game the T-Birds needed to have, to avoid falling down in the series two games to zero, but the team again struggled to contain the potent Kelowna offense.
The Seattle Thunderbirds fell 6-2 to the Kelowna Rockets in the first game of the best-of-seven series.
After suffering a heart-breaking series loss to the Rockets in seven games last season in which the team led three games to zero, Seattle rebounded to go 2-1-0-1 in its four regular-season contests against the Rockets. However, both teams earned a total of five standings points from the series.
Having come from a team in the bottom tier of the WHL Western Conference standings, goaltender Taran Kozun can appreciate the difference between a winner and a loser.
Seattle (31-15-2-3) out-hustled and out-worked a Rockets team that has dominated their foes all season, winning 4-1 at the ShoWare Center. Roberts Lipsbergs had a goal and an assist and Shea Theodore provided another power-play goal to propel the Thunderbirds.
Mumaugh finished with 47 saves on 50 shots against Kelowna Tuesday, but endured the shoot-out loss to drop his record to 6-4-1-3. Mumaugh has played in 15 games thus far for the T-Birds and has posted a .916 save percentage and 3.14 goals-against-average (GAA). On the other hand, the T-Birds other goalie Justin Myles has a .890 save percentage and 3.86 GAA in 12 games.
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.
The Kelowna Rockets defeated the Seattle Thunderbirds 3-2 in overtime of Game 7 Wednesday night in Kelowna to win the teams first round playoff series four game to three.