Winners of four in a row, including key games against U.S. Division rivals Portland and Spokane, the T-Birds have put a rough start to the month of November behind them, and enter December looking like a much better squad. With key contributors up and down the lineup, Seattle seems to have found the consistency it had been searching for.
Delnov picked up right where he left off Friday night, scoring just 2:11 into the first period and Roberts Lipsbergs followed just 38 seconds later to put the T-Birds quickly ahead 2-0. Facing a goalie on a run like Polivka had been on, Seattle made sure not to let him settle in.
Seattle (13-9-1-3) played an aggressive, intense hockey game from the opening face off, an effort it desperately needed after a troubling loss at Vancouver Friday night. Hickman scored two goals, including the tying goal with under four minutes to play. Roberts Lipsbergs extended his goal streak to four consecutive games, and Mathew Barzal chocked up two more assists to give him 22 through 26 games in his rookie season.
Seattle head coach Steve Konowalchuk pinpointed the power play as an area the team must improve upon after Saturday night’s win.
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.
In their shootout loss to Tri-City on Friday, the Thunderbirds finished 0-for-5 on the power play. Against the Giants, Saturday, the team wasted no time getting that fixed, scoring on its first two chances to take a 3-1 lead after the first period.
One night after blowing a late two-goal lead to its opponent, the Seattle Thunderbirds (9-3-0-1) roared back for a six goal effort in defeating Swift Current 6-3.
An attendance of 3,533 watched helplessly as the Thunderbirds (8-3-0-1) squandered a late two-goal lead to the Cougars, which left the team and head coach Steve Konowalchuk lamenting missed opportunities and the point it lost Friday night.
Roberts Lipsbergs scored twice, Shea Theodore had a goal and newly acquired Adam Henry, playing in his first game as a T-Bird, scored with :03 remaining in the first period to stake Seattle to a 2-0 lead it never relinquished.
With the three consecutive wins, division-leading Seattle stands 3-2 with a game remaining against Kelowna (5-0-0-1) on its six-game road trip. Kelowna currently sits atop the B.C. Divison and trails only the Thunderbirds in the Western Conference with its 11 points.