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.
|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
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