Seattle Thunderbirds Weekend Recap: T-Birds Ice it

Matt Paige Profile PicIt was an excellent weekend to be a Seattle T-Birds fan, as they pulled off two big wins. Both wins were much needed, as we get ever closer to the WHL playoffs.

Batten down the hatches–a Hurricane!

Friday night, the Birds hosted the Lethbridge Hurricanes, who came in with a chip on their shoulder. The season hasn’t been kind to the Hurricanes, and they looked like they wanted to take some of that frustration out on the T-Birds. It showed in the six penalties the Hurricanes accrued over the course of the game.

However, the T-Birds came out on top in OT 4-3, with a shot during a 4 on 3 powerplay made by Jerret Smith. He found himself pretty much alone in front of the goal with the puck, and couldn’t miss. It was his 8th goal on the season.

Silver commodities

After wrapping up a solid win against Lethbridge, the T-Birds then hosted the Everett Silvertips on Saturday night. The Silvertips have clinched a spot in the WHL Playoffs, so at this point they were playing for pride and for the rivalry.

Taran Kozun started at the net for the T-Birds, and he would have a slow night. The Silvertips managed only 15 shots on goal, and Kozun went 15 for 15 to get the shutout. Meanwhile, the T-Birds put 28 shots on goal, with 7 finding their mark.

The T-birds would move on to blank the Silvertips 7-0, with big contributions from Lipsbergs and Bear on offense.

SSU Player of the week

Goalie Taran Kozun, 15-15 saves

Looking at the playoff picture

The T-Birds are currently in 3rd in the division; they are now only 6 points back from Portland, who are in 2nd place. The win over Everett has put the T-Birds in great position to hold off the Spokane Chiefs moving forward into the playoffs.
Moving ahead, the TBirds are down to 13 games on the season, and looking to finish the season strong and healthy.

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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!).