Kozun yielded three goals in 15:49 of the first period before being pulled for backup Logan Flodell with Seattle in a 3-0 hole. He was caught out of position on the Royals’ first two goals before being beat by a great pass on the third goal.
A team head coach Steve Konowalchuk described as “pretty loose” in the hours leading up to the 5 p.m. start, was trounced by Victoria (32-21-3-1) over the first 20 minutes en route to a 6-3 loss in front of 4,368 at the ShoWare Center. Not the way Seattle (29-21-3-4) wanted to begin its six-game homestand.
Just as thoughts of a disastrous first-half conclusion began forming, Seattle (14-15-2-2) answered with two late goals from Donovan Neuls and Ryan Gropp to earn a 5-4 victory in front of 5,099 at the ShoWare Center.
The Seattle Thunderbirds will play seven exhibition games prior to the start of the 2014-2015 regular season.
At 37-17-2-3 entering Sunday’s tilt with Prince George, Seattle resides in fourth place in the Western Conference with 79 points. The team trails Kelowna (96 points), Portland (89 points) and Victoria (84 points) in the conference standings while holding an 8-point lead on Spokane.
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.
Brandon Fushimi and Brandon Magee had two goals apiece and Tyler Soy added three points for Victoria (11-9-0-1) which continued its recent dominance over the Thunderbirds in front of 4,070 Friday night at the ShoWare Center.
Connor Sanvideo got the T-Bird’s lone goal in the 4-1 loss to the Royals.
The Victoria Royals got a stellar game from goalie Patrik Polivka to lead them to a 4-1 win over the Seattle Thunderbirds Tuesday night.
Unfortunately, Luke Lochart’s accomplishment of moving into the fifth spot of of all time games played in a Seattle Thunderbirds uniform was rewarded with a 6-2 loss at home.