T-Birds dodge bullet with 6-1 win in Game 4

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T-birds dodge bullet 5.11.16

 

May 11, 2016

True and Gropp each score twice in 6-1 win over Brandon

KENT, WA 

Facing elimination after losing a tough 3-2 OT decision in their first home game, the Seattle Thunderbirds roared back to life with a 6-1 win over the Brandon Wheat Kings in their second home game Wednesday night.

Alexander True and Ryan Gropp each had two goals in the win.

The Wheat Kings lead the best-of-seven series 3-1. Game 5 is Friday at ShoWare Center at 7:35pm.

The T-Birds need to win Game 5 to send the series back to Brandon. Game 6 is scheduled for Sunday and Game 7 is scheduled for Monday.

Seattle went in front 1-0 at 7:54 of the first period on Ryan Gropp’s fifth goal of the playoffs. Gropp chipped the puck out of the Seattle zone on the left wing. Mathew Barzal got the puck and chipped it into the Brandon zone and chased it down. In the left circle Barzal stopped up and passed the puck back to Ethan Bear inside the blue line at center ice. Bear passed the puck quickly to Gropp in the right circle. Gropp put a hard wrist shot over Brandon goalie Jordan Papirny as he sprawled to make the save.

Brandon outshot Seattle 10-8 in the first period.

The T-Birds took a 3-0 lead on two goals from Alexander True in the second period. At 7:37 of the second period Cavin Leth broke up the left wing with True on his right. Leth passed puck under a Brandon defenseman to True. True one-timed the pass over Papirny’s glove to give the T-Birds a 2-0 lead. Nick Holowko had the second assist on the goal.

Leth and True hooked up again to give the T-Birds a 3-0 lead. Leth skated down the left wing with True on a two-on-one. Leth elected to shoot and the puck hit Papirny and landed behind the goalie. True battled through a Brandon defenseman at the right post and poked the loose puck into the net. Bear had the second assist on the goal.

Both teams had nine shots on goal in the second period. Brandon led 19-17 in shots after two periods.
Gropp scored his second of the night at 9:22 of the third period to extend the T-Birds lead to 4-0. Gropp took a pass from Keegan Kolesar and skated through the neutral zone and into the Brandon zone. Gropp took a hard wrist shot from the left circle and beat Papirny over the blocker. Scott Eansor had the second assist on the goal.

An end-to-end rush by Eansor on a power play led to Seattle’s fifth goal of the game. Eansor took a shot from the slot that Papirny stopped. Donovan Neuls cleaned up the rebound and punched the puck past the goalie. True had the second assist.

Ethan Bear scored on a slap shot on a five-on-three power play to make it a 6-0 Seattle lead. Barzal passed the puck from the right point to Bear at the top of the left circle. Bear one-timed Barzal’s pass and beat Papirny through the legs.  Kolesar had the second assist.

Jayce Hawryluk ended Seattle goalie Landon Bow’s shutout at 17:46 of the third with a power-play goal. Tyler Coulter and Ivan Provorov had the assists.

Seattle outshot Brandon 14-12 in the third period. Both teams finished with 31 shots on goal.

Bow made 30 saves on 31 shots to get his 13th win of the playoffs.

Papirny had 25 saves on 31 shots in the loss.

Single game tickets for Game 5 are now on sale on the T-Birds website and at the ShoWare Center box office. The ShoWare Center box office is open 10am to 5pm Monday through Friday.

WHL Championship Schedule
Game 1 At Brandon 3, Seattle 2, OT
Game 2 At Brandon 3, Seattle 2, OT
Game 3 Brandon 3, at Seattle 2, OT
Game 4 At Seattle 6, Brandon 1
Game 5 Friday, May 13 at Seattle, 7:35pm
Game 6 Sunday, May 15 at Brandon, 5pm*
Game 7 Monday, May 16 at Brandon, 5pm*
* if necessary
(all time PST)

SCORING SUMMARY

First period – 1, Seattle, Gropp 5 (Bear, Barzal), 7:54. Penalties – Wedman, Sea (charging), 5:21. Hawryluk, Brn (tripping), 17:13.

Second period – 2, Seattle, True 4 (Leth, Holowko), 7:37. 3, Seattle, True 5 (Leth, Bear), 9:51. Penalties – Ottenbreit, Sea (roughing), 8:48. Erkamps, Brn (roughing), 8:48. Holowko, Sea (holding), 16:46. Mattheos, Brn (slashing), 16:56.

Third period – 4, Seattle, Gropp 6 (Kolesar, Eansor), 9:22. 5, Seattle, Neuls 5 (Eansor, True), 12:07 (pp). 6, Seattle, Bear 8 (Barzal, Kolesar), 14:12 (pp). 7, Brandon, Hawryluk 4 (Coulter, Provorov), 17:46 (pp). Penalties – Barzal, Sea (interference), 6:04. Erkamps, Brn (interference), 10:15. Kaspick, Brn (high-sticking), 13:26. Hawryluk, Brn (slashing), 14:02. Provorov, Brn (cross checking), 14:54. Tyszka, Sea (tripping), 16:14. Campbell, Brn (goaltender interference), 18:11. Ottenbreit, Sea (unsportsmanlike conduct), 19:06. Wheaton, Brn (unsportsmanlike conduct), 19:06.

Shots on goal – Seattle 8-9-14 31, Brandon 10-9-12 31. Goalies – Seattle, Bow 31 shots-30 saves (13-4); Brandon, Papirny 31-25 (15-5). Power plays – Seattle 2-7; Brandon 1-4. A – 5,373. Referees – Jeff Ingram, Steve Papp. Linesmen – Ron Dietterle, Nathan Van Oosten.

 

 

3) Brandon @ Seattle                     Tuesday, May 10              7:05 pm (Shaw)
4) Brandon @ Seattle                     Wednesday, May 11        7:05 pm (Shaw)
5) Brandon @ Seattle *                  Friday, May 13                  7:35 pm (Shaw)
6) Seattle @ Brandon *                  Sunday, May 15                7:00 pm (Shaw)
7) Seattle @ Brandon *                  Monday, May 16              7:00 pm (Shaw)
Rosters:

Brandon Wheat Kings

Forwards:
# Rookie Player Pos Shoots Height Weight DOB Hometown Draft
11 * Anholt, Tak RW R 6’0 170 Mar 5, 1998 Vancouver, BC
28 Lisoway, Quintin C L 5’10 195 Nov 12, 1995 Neepawa, MB
8 Hawryluk, Jayce C R 5’10 194 Jan 1, 1996 Roblin, MB
NHL – FLA (2014) RD: 2 (#32)
WHL – BDN (2011) RD: 2 (#32)
11 * Daley, Caiden C R 6’0″ 155 Feb 5, 2000 Winnipeg, MB
12 * Mattheos, Stelio C R 6’1 194 Jun 14, 1999 Winnipeg, MB
WHL – BDN (2014) RD: 1 (#1)
14 * Lewis, Ty LW L 5’11 186 Mar 5, 1998 Brandon, MB
WHL – BDN (2013) RD: 3 (#47)
16 Kaspick, Tanner C L 6’1 202 Jan 28, 1998 Brandon, MB
WHL – BDN (2013) RD: 2 (#25)
17 Quenneville, John C L 6’1 205 Apr 16, 1996 Edmonton, AB
NHL – NJ (2014) RD: 1 (#30)
WHL – BDN (2011) RD: 3 (#54)
18 Armour, Garrett LW L 6’2 212 Sep 3, 1997 Winnipeg, MB
WHL – EDM (2012) RD: 7 (#135)
19 Patrick, Nolan C R 6’3 195 Sep 19, 1998 Winnipeg, MB
WHL – BDN (2013) RD: 1 (#4)
21 Coulter, Tyler LW L 6’0 195 Sep 10, 1996 Brandon, MB
22 White, Jaeger C R 5’10 170 Apr 3, 1998 Med. Hat, AB
WHL – LET (2013) RD: 4 (#72)
23 McGauley, Tim  C L 6’0 188 Jul 23, 1995 Wilcox, SK
WHL – SAS (2010) RD: 1 (#20)
24 * Gutenberg, Connor C R 5’9 160 Sep 4, 1999 Brandon, MB
WHL – BDN (2014) RD: 5 (#106)
25 Campbell, Duncan C L 6’3 196 Sep 11, 1996 Brandon, MB
26 * McCorrister, Linden LW L 6’0 180 Mar 25, 1998 Peguis, MB
WHL – BDN (2013) RD: 7 (#135)
27 Duke, Reid C R 6’0 195 Jan 28, 1996 Calgary, AB
NHL – MIN (2014) RD: 6 (#169)
WHL – LET (2011) RD: 1 (#5)

 

Defence:

# Rookie Player Pos Shoots Height Weight DOB Hometown Draft
3 * Sambrook, Garrett D R 5’10 152 Jan 30, 2000 Medora, MB
3 * Thom, Dominic D L 6’3 197 Apr 22, 1996 Calgary, AB
2 Wheaton, Mitch D L 6’5 223 Feb 6, 1995 Sherwood Park, AB
NHL – DET (2013) RD: 5 (#139)
WHL – KEL (2010) RD: 10 (#207)
5 Higson, Schael  D L 6’0 210 May 11, 1998 Grande Prairie, AB
9 Provorov, Ivan D L 6’0 200 Jan 13, 1997 Yaroslavl, RUS
NHL – PHI (2015) RD: 1 (#7)
EURO – BDN (2014) RD: 1 (#30)
10 Clague, Kale D L 6’0 178 Jun 5, 1998 Lloydminster, AB
WHL – BDN (2013) RD: 1 (#6)
20 Erkamps, Macoy D R 6’0 198 Feb 2, 1995 Delta, BC
WHL – LET (2010) RD: 2 (#27)
29 Matsuba, Mark D L 6’0 193 Mar 18, 1997 St. Albert, AB
WHL – BDN (2012) RD: 4 (#81)
32 * Shearer, James D L 5’9 195 Jun 23, 1997 Brandon, MB
WHL – CALGARY (2012) RD: 9 (#193)
34 Thomson, Jordan D R 5’11 192 Apr 28, 1996 Wawanesa, MB
WHL – KAM (2011) RD: 1 (#4)

 

Goalies:

# Rookie Player Pos Catches Height Weight DOB Hometown Draft
1 * Thompson, Logan G R 6’3 170 Feb 25, 1997 Calgary, AB

WHL – BDN (2012) Rd: 6 (#122)

33 Papirny, Jordan G L 6’1 170 Apr 10, 1996 Edmonton, AB

WHL – BDN (2011) Rd: 1 (#22)

Head Coach and GM: Kelly McCrimmon

 

Seattle Thunderbirds

Forwards:

# Rookie Player Pos Shoots Height Weight DOB Hometown Draft
14 Wight, Mackenzie RW R 6’0 172 Feb 4, 1999 Burnaby, BC
17 * Brown, Elijah C L 5’9″ 151 Jan 5, 2000 Edmonton, AB
18 Bear, Wyatt RW R 6’0.5 227 May 2, 1999 Hodgson, MB
8 Eansor, Scott C L 5’8.5 172 Jan 3, 1996 Englelwood, CO
9 Leth, Cavin C L 6′ 180 Apr 11, 1996 Taber, AB
11 * Seidel, Owen RW R 6’0 189 Apr 21, 1998 Richmond, BC
12 Gropp, Ryan LW L 6’2.5 189 Sep 16, 1996 Kamloops, BC
13 Barzal, Mathew C R 6’0 187 May 26, 1997 Coquitlam, BC
14 * Magnes, Garan LW L 6’0 194 Apr 11, 1997 Edmonton, AB
15 Schumacher, Andreas LW L 6’5 199 Aug 11, 1996 Stenungsund, Sweden
16 True, Alexander C L 6’4.5 196 Jul 17, 1997 Copenhagen, DEN
19 Neuls, Donovan C L 5’10 181 Oct 24, 1997 Grenfell, SK
21 * Wedman, Matthew C L 6’1.5 189 May 25, 1999 Edmonton, AB
22 Uhrich, Josh RW R 6’1 197 Feb 3, 1996 Rosetown, SK
23 * Ormsby, Luke RW R 5’10 170 Feb 14, 1999 Monroe, WA
26 Volcan, Nolan LW L 5’9 194 Jul 4, 1998 Edmonton, AB
28 Kolesar, Keegan RW R 6’1.5 220 Apr 8, 1997 Winnipeg, MB
34 Osterman, Luke RW R 6’0.5 189 Jun 20, 1997 Stillwater, MN
39 Holowko, Nick LW L 6’0.5 186 Jun 26, 1997 Burnaby, BC

 

Defence:

# Rookie Player Pos Shoots Height Weight DOB Hometown Draft
3 * Pelechaty, Jared D L 5’11 170 Jan 12, 1999 Winnipeg, MB
32 * Harsch, Reece D R 6’3 190 Jan 7, 1999 Grande Prairie, AB
2 Smith, Jerret D R 6’2.5 212 Apr 21, 1995 Surrey, BC
4 Ottenbreit, Turner D L 6’3 192 Jul 9, 1997 Yorkton, SK
5 * Tyszka, Jarret D L 6’2.5 190 Mar 15, 1999 Langley, BC
6 Allbee, Bryan D L 6’0 180 Jul 11, 1997 Prince George, BC
24 Schuldhaus, Brandon D L 6’3.5 200 Feb 23, 1998 Calgary, AB
25 Bear, Ethan D R 5’11. 197 Jun 26, 1997 Ochapowace, SK
33 Hauf, Jared D L 6’5 224 Mar 6, 1995 Calgary, AB

 

Goalies:

# Rookie Player Pos Catches Height Weight DOB Hometown Draft
29 * Gilchrist, Ryan G R 6’4 183 May 21, 1998 Lloydminster, AB
30 Bow, Landon G L 6’5 208 Aug 24, 1995 St. Albert, AB
31 Flodell, Logan G R 5’11 163 Feb 10, 1997 Regina, SK

 

Staff:

Konowalchuk, Steve Head Coach
Farwell, Russ Manager