Mathew Barzal had a goal and an assist to lead Seattle (28-20-3-3) which trailed 1-0 midway through the third period. Goaltender Taran Kozun saved 32 of 33 shots against the second-best offense in the Western Hockey League, a team that entered with 236 goals.
It was an important weekend of road games for Seattle after it rebounded from consecutive losses with a 2-0 homestand over divisional rivals Tri-City and Spokane to begin the week. Yet, the T-Birds played like two completely different teams.
Mumaugh finished with 28 saves on 33 shots. He was pulled with two minutes remaining as Seattle went with an extra attacker in an attempt to even the score.
Seattle was looking for a weekend sweep over Western Hockey League powers Portland and Kelowna (6-0) in front of 4,358 at the ShoWare Center. Instead, the T-Birds squandered an early two goal lead in succumbing to their nemesis.
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.