Friday’s victory came on the heels of a dominant 4-1 win over Spokane Sunday when the team opened a 2-0 lead. Suddenly, Seattle (12-12-2-2) has won three of its last four after losing five of six.
The Seattle Thunderbirds will play seven exhibition games prior to the start of the 2014-2015 regular season.
Shea Theodore had three assists and Mathew Barzal provided two to lead the Thunderbirds’ scorers on a night the team won their eighth consecutive home game and earned their first season series win over Tri-City since the 2004-05 campaign.
Seattle (21-10-1-3) got off to a fast start thanks to Delnov. The 19-year-old Russian scored after he corralled a loose puck in the slot at 5:06 in the first period. He then assisted on Ryan Gropp’s goal which gave the T-Birds a 2-0 lead with just over seven minutes to play in the period.
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.
Roberts Lipsbergs’ sudden-death shootout goal and the monumental saves late from starting goalie Justin Myles, helped Seattle edge Tri-City 5-4 in a shootout, preventing a disappointing loss Friday night at the ShoWare Center.
The Seattle Thunderbirds defeated the Tri-City Americans 8-3 Tuesday night at ShoWare Center to clinch a spot in the 2013 WHL Playoffs.
The T-Birds led in shots, 30-16, after two periods by out-shooting the Americans 19-10 in the second period — but ultimately, Tri-City would not go down without a fight.
The T-Birds got the board at 14:08 of the second on a five-on-three power-play goal from Alexander Delnov, but it wasn’t enough as the Americans walked away with a 5-1 victory.
Justin Feser had a hat trick Sunday night to lead his Tri-City Americans to a 5-3 victory over the Seattle Thunderbirds at the Toyota Center.