EVERETT, September 17, 2016 – The Seattle Thunderbirds ended their preseason schedule with a 4-3 shootout win over the Everett Silvertips Saturday night at Xfinity Arena in Everett.


The T-Birds open the 2016-17 season in Portland against the Winterhawks on Saturday, September 24, at 7:00pm in Portland.


The T-Birds home opener for the 2016-17 season is Saturday, October 1, against the Portland Winterhawks at 7:05pm at ShoWare Center.


The T-Birds were 5-2-0-0 in the preseason.


Seattle goalie Carl Stankowski stopped all three Everett shooters in the shootout. Seattle’s second shooter, Layne Bensmiller, was the only T-Bird shooter to score in the shootout.


Bensmiller was acquired in a trade with the Prince Albert Raiders on Thursday and he joined the T-Birds in Everett after travelling earlier in the day.


The T-Birds took a 1-0 lead 4:15 into the game on a shorthanded goal from Cavin Leth.


The Silvertips tied it 1-1 at 10:45 of the first period on a goal from Riley Sutter then took the lead at 14:49 with a power-play goal from Brett Kemp.


Bensmiller tied the game 2-2 at 4:38 of the second period. Everett went in front 3-2 eight seconds after the T-Birds tied the game on a goal from Sean Richards.


Sami Moilanen tied the game 3-3 on a power-play goal at 10:15 of the second period.


Ryan Gilchrist started in net for the T-Birds. He was replaced Stankowski after Moilanen’s goal. Gilchrist made 13 saves on 16 shots.


Everett outshot Seattle 39-15 in the game.


Stankowski stopped all 23 shots he faced. He was 4-0-0-0 in the preseason.

Everett goalie Mario Petit made 12 saves on 15 shots.


T-Birds single game tickets for the 2016-17 season are currently on sale. Fans can purchase single game tickets online or at the ShoWa45re Center box office.


T-Birds 2016-17 season tickets are currently on sale. Season tickets can be purchased by calling the T-Birds office at 253-239-7825.




First period – 1, Seattle, Leth 1 (Harsch), 4:15 (sh). 2, Everett, Sutter, 2 (Gerth), 10: (pp). 3, Everett, Kemp 1 (Kindopp, Davis), 14:49 (pp). Penalties – Schuldhaus, Sea (cross checking), 3:46. Tyszka, Sea (tripping), 8:39. Allbee, Sea (hooking), 14:26. Leth, Sea (unsportsmanlike conduct), 14:52. Gerth, Evt (unsportsmanlike conduct), 14:52. Harsch, Sea (roughing), 19:59.Onyebuchi, Evt (10-minute misconduct), 19:59.


Second period – 4, Seattle, Bensmiller 1 (Leth), 4:38. 5, Everett, Richards 1 (Gerth, Sutter), 4:46. 6, Seattle, Moilanen 3 (Neuls, Tyszka), 10:15 (pp). Penalties – Mucka, Evt (tripping), 6:06. Wylie, Evt (interference), 8:24. Bensmiller, Sea (holding), 10:37. Hamaliuk, Sea (double minor-checking from behind), 17:20.


Third period – No scoring. Penalties – Sutter, Evt (roughing), 9:54. Bensmiller, Sea (slashing), 11:19.


Overtime – No scoring. Penalties – No penalties.


Shootout – Seattle 1 (True NG, Bensmuller G). Everett 0 (Sutter NG, King G, Dewar NG).


Shots on goal – Seattle 1-8-2-4 15, Everett 12-11-13-3 39. Goalies – Seattle, Gilchrist 16 shots-13 saves, Stankowski 23-23 (4-0-0-0); Everett, Petit 15-12 (2-0-0-1). Power plays – Seattle 1-3; Everett 1-8. Referees – Mark Pearce, Dexter Rasmussen. Linesmen – Mark Heir, Nick Bilko.


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