Seattle Thunderbirds Weekend Recap: Lipsbergs goals not enough

Matt Paige Profile PicThis weekend held two more matches for the Seattle Thunderbirds at home in Kent. They entered the weekend looking at two tough match-ups, and a chance to close the gap on Portland for the postseason.

All Hail Prince George, for he apparently is quite good at Hockey

The Prince George Cougars skated into Seattle on Friday night, and quickly jumped to a 1-0 lead. That lead lasted all of 29 seconds before Shea Theodore put one in the net to bring the Tbirds into the game. Cory Millette and Roberts Lipsbergs would quickly make it a 3-1 game before the end of the 1st period.

However, in the 2nd period it was the complete reverse.  Prince George doing most of the scoring, and the Tbirds adding 1 of their own to tie the game up at 4-4. The third period was mostly a defensive battle, and gave way to an overtime showdown that would only last 33 seconds. Jansen Harkins of the Cougars knocked in a goal off the rebound, and that was the game. A much-needed win for the Cougars, and a heart-breaking loss for the TBirds, who need every point they can get.

Portland Winterhawks bring on the deep freeze

The TBirds badly needed to shake off the prior night’s events, and came in strong against their rival Portland. Unfortunately, it was just one of those nights. Portland’s goalie Adin Hill went 49 for 51 in saves, and was on his game. It definitely wasn’t for lack of effort, with 51 shots on goal, the TBirds put up a hell of a fight.

The bright spot of the night was Roberts Lipsbergs, who has really melted the ice as of late. He scored his 12th goal of the season, and extended his point streak to 7 games with a score in the first period. Unfortunately, that was the only reason for celebration in a game that saw the Tbirds yank their goalie with 2:49 remaining in an attempt to somehow get back in the game.

SSU Player of the week

Roberts Lipsbergs for extending his point streak to 7 games.

Looking ahead

The TBirds hold steady at 3rd in the division, with a 6 point lead ahead of the Spokane Chiefs. With the loss on Saturday to Portland, they’ve fallen to 9 points out of 2nd place, and Portland has clinched a spot in the postseason. Seattle will have to work hard to keep the Chiefs at bay to make the postseason, as the new format only allows for 3 teams within the division to make it. But their destiny lies in their own hands, and they will have plenty of opportunity to earn a spot.

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Matt Paige is the Baseball Managing Editor and a regular contributor on SSU TV and for Seahawks Football. He also writes the column "The Call-Up" and is a rabid fan of all teams Seattle (Except the Huskies. Go Ducks!).