Evan Wardley and Shea Theodore, two Thunderbirds playing their final Western Hockey League game, sparked a second-period rally that gave Seattle a chance.
After dropping Game 1 4-3 Saturday, Portland rebounded with a strong defensive effort in Game 2 behind 21 saves from Adin Hill.
Barzal scored scored the game-winning goal at 17:18 to cap a late third-period rally by the lower-seeded Thunderbirds.
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.
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.
Branden Troock scored twice and goalie Taran Kozun bounced back from allowing six goals, Friday, to secure his first shutout of the series with 24 saves to help Seattle advance to the second round where it will face Kelowna.
Khaira, who had not scored all series, delivered a hat trick while teammate Brayden Low provided a goal and an assist as Everett extended its season at least one more night with a dominating 6-1 victory in front of 4,908 at the Comcast Arena.
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.