September 30, 2017
Eighteen year old Finnish rookie, Sami Moilanen (01-22-99) had a hat trick Friday night at the accesso ShoWare Center in Kent to lead the Seattle Thunderbirds to a 5-1 win over the Prince George Cougars.
Moilanen (5’8, 182) scored a goal in each period of the game.
Seattle took a 1-0 lead 3:36 into the first period on the power play. Zack Andrusiak crossed the puck from the left circle through the low slot to Reece Harsch charging to the back post. Harsch banged in the pass as Prince George goalie Taylor Gauthier attempted to slide over and make the save. Noah Philp had the second assist.
The T-Birds went up 2-0 with about a minute and half left in the period after Nolan Volcan banged the puck off the left boards in the neutral zone and Moilanen chased it down, skated into the left circle and snapped one over Gauthier’s glove. Austin Strand had the second assist.
Shots were 10-8 Seattle in the first period.
The T-Birds took a 4-0 lead with two quick goals to open the second period. The first goal came just 19 seconds in after Strand passed the puck from the right point to Turner Ottenbreit at the left point. Ottenbreit’s wrister was tipped past Gauthier by Donovan Neuls.
Moilanen struck for his second goal of the game less than two minutes later to put the T-Birds in front 4-0. Moilanen took a pass from Neuls at the blue line along the left boards, toe-dragged through a defenseman’s legs to go in alone on Gauthier, then slid it under the goalie at the right post. Aaron Hyman had the second assist on the goal.
The Cougars outshot the T-Birds 12-8 in the second period and led 20-18 on the shot clock after two periods.
The Cougars started the third period on the power play and then capitalized on a five-on-three after a high sticking call on the T-Birds. Dennis Cholowski’s shot ricochetted off the left post and bounced off Berlin’s back into the net. Ethan O’Rourke and Nikita Popugaev had the assists.
Moilanen netted the hat trick goal at 16:10 of the third period. Volcan had the puck along the left boards and centered it to Moilanen in the slot. Moilanen beat Gauthier low with a quick wrist shot. Jake Lee had the second assist.
The Cougars outshot the T-Birds 14-4 in the third period and 34-22 in the game.
Gauthier finished with 17 saves on 22 shots.
The T-Birds travel to Portland to play the Winterhawks Saturday at 6pm. This game will be broadcast live on JOEtv. This game is the first of nine against Portland this season that will be broadcast on JOEtv.
The T-Birds next home game is Saturday, October 7, at 6:05pm. The game will be broadcast on JOEtv.
First period – 1, Seattle, Harsch 1 (Andrusiak, Philp), 3:36 (pp). 2, Seattle, Moilanen 2 (Volcan, Strand), 18:34. Penalties – O’Rourke, PG (holding opponents stick), 1:43. Ottenbreit, Sea (high sticking), 14:26.
Second period – 3, Seattle, Neuls 1 (Ottenbreit, Strand), :19. 4, Seattle, Moilanen 3 (Neuls, Hyman), 2:13. Penalties – Tyszka, Sea (hooking), 4:13. Moilanen, Sea (roughing), 14:39. Harsch, Sea (major-fighting), 20:00. Maser, PG (major-fighting), 20:00. Tyszka, Sea (double minor-rouging, 10-minute misconduct), 20:00.
Third period – 5, Prince George, Cholowski 1 (O’Rourke, Popugaev), 1:39 (pp). 6, Seattle, Moilanen 4 (Volcan, Lee), 16:10. Penalties – Strand, Sea (high-sticking), :28. Neuls, Sea (holding), 7:28. Moberg, PG (roughing), 7:28. Hamaliuk, Sea (10-minute misconduct), 19:47. Anderson, PG (10-minute misconduct), 19:47. Perepeluk, PG (major-fighting), 20:00. Bargar, Sea (major-fighting), 20:00.
Shots on goal – Seattle 10-8-4 22, Prince George 8-12-14 34. Goalies – Seattle, Berlin 34 shots-33 saves (2-0-0-0); Prince George, Gauthier 22-17 (0-2-0-0). Power plays – Seattle 1-1; Prince George 1-7. A – 3,151. Referees – Stephen Campbell, Fraser Lawrence. Linesmen – Trevor Beaton, Michael McGowan.