WHL Western Conference – Seattle win game 5

in playoffs

April 28, 2017

by Kevin Bain

The Seattle Thunderbirds defeated the Kelowna Rockets 5-3 on Friday night in the ShoWare Center in Kent, Washington in game five of the Western Conference Championship of the 2017 WHL Playoffs.

Seattle opened the scoring 3:15 into the first period as Scott Eansor scored a shorthanded goal for his fifth of the post season. At 10:57 Sami Moilanen(4) made it 2-0 Thunderbirds. The Rockets responded at 12:07 on the power play as Calvin Thurkauf (8) tipped home a Reid Gardiner shot pass. The score was 2-1 after 20 minutes.

Nick Merkley (6) tied the game 9:23 into the middle frame on the power play. Then at 17:34 Alexander True (6) scored on the power play before Ryan Gropp scored a power play goal of his own 1:20 later. Seattle took a 4-2 lead into the final stanza.

True (7) extended the Thunderbirds lead by three 6:57 into the third. Dillon Dube (7) made it 5-3 with 35 seconds to play but that would be it as Seattle takes game five, final score 5-3.

Michael Herringer stopped 19 of 24 shots faced as the Rockets outshot the Thunderbirds 40-24.

The T-Birds now lead the best-of-seven series 3-2.

Game six goes on Sunday, April 30th at 5:05 pm at Prospera Place in Kelowna.

Photo by Brian Liesse.

 

Series Schedule

Game Visitor Home Date Time
1 Kelowna 4 @ Seattle 5 Friday, April 21 7:35
2 Kelowna 4 OT @ Seattle 3 Saturday, April 22 7:05
3 Seattle 2 @ Kelowna 1 Tuesday, April 25 7:05
4 Seattle 2 @ Kelowna 4 Wednesday, April 26 7:05
5 * Kelowna @ Seattle Friday, April 28 7:35
6 * Seattle @ Kelowna Sunday, April 30 5:05
7 * Kelowna @ Seattle Tuesday, May 2 7:05

* If necessary

 

Tickets are available for Rockets home games through selectyourtickets.com, at the Prospera Place box office or by phone at 250-762-5050.