Eansor capped a four-goal third period for Seattle (35-25-4-5) with the easiest goal of the bunch. His empty-net goal tallied his first career Western Hockey League hat trick in an eventual 7-3 victory over their U.S. division-rival in front of 6,084 at the ShoWare Center.
In the 12 games over the month of February, the unit’s scoring production wasn’t consistent with their activity. Not one of the three forwards topped seven points for the month in which they combined for 18 as a group.
As things stand currently, Seattle will face bitter rival Portland in the first round, with the Winterhawks holding home ice thanks to an eight-point edge in the U.S. Division standings.
Mathew Barzal tied the game 2-2 with 25 seconds remaining in regulation to force overtime with division-leading Everett. After a scoreless overtime, Donovan Neuls and Barzal provided shootout goals to give Seattle an important two points Saturday.
Neuls scored a goal in the second period and provided the game-winning score in the shootout as Seattle defeated Tri-City 3-2 at the ShoWare Center.
T-Birds rookie Lane Pederson scored the first two goals of his WHL career in a 5-2 win over Edmonton Thursday.
Not one member of the line stands 5-foot-10 or taller. Donovan Neuls, listed at 5-foot-9.5, is the tallest of a trio that prides itself on chipping pucks in and going to work.
The Thunderbirds concluded a trying run of four games in five nights with their fourth consecutive loss, a 5-4 overtime defeat at the hands of Kamloops.
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.
Scott Eansor scored two goals, including the equalizer which eventually carried Seattle into overtime, Tuesday night. Branden Troock also scored and center Russell Maxwell continued his playoff point streak with an assist. It was the first overtime playoff game for Seattle since it dropped Game 7 to Kelowna last season.