Seattle Downs Tri-City 8-3

Kent, WA- Tri-City wanted to start the final week of the season on a positive note.

The Americans were unable to do that as the Seattle Thunderbirds (24-37-7-2, 57 pts) scored three goals in the first and four in the third, helping them clinch a playoff spot and launching them to an 8-3 win over the Tri-City Americans (40-25-1-3, 84 pts) at the ShoWare Center.

With the loss and Spokane win, Spokane takes a two point lead in the standings heading into the home-and-home series between the two teams.

Tri-City and Seattle end their season series with the Americans winning five of the nine meetings.

Seattle scored first on the power play. Luke Lockhart was able to score 1:18 into the game to give the Thunderbirds an early 1-0 lead. Justin Feser tied the game just over five minutes into the first. Seattle scored two shorthanded goals on the same Americans power play. Lockhart scored his second of the game and Seth Swenson scored on a breakaway 50 seconds later, beating Troy Trombley to increase the lead to 3-1. Malte Strömwall scored the fifth and final goal of the period with 18 seconds left in the first, firing a shot from the slot into the back of the net to make it 3-2 after one period.

Roberts Lipsbergs scored just over a minute into the second, squeaking the puck underneath Trombley to make it 4-2 Seattle. The Thunderbirds outshot the Americans 14-9 in the period and carried the momentum heading into the third period.

The Thunderbirds pulled away from the Americans in the third period. It started 1:03 into the period as Shea Theodore fired a wrist shot from the right faceoff circle past Trombley to make it 5-2. Adam Kambeitz put a rebound into the net eight minutes into the period to increase the lead to four and Connor Sanvido scored 16 seconds later to make it 7-2. Tri-City interrupted the Seattle scoring streak as Lucas Nickles fired a shot while spinning around, getting the puck past Seattle goaltender Danny Mumaugh to cut the lead back to four. Connor Honey put the nail in the coffin, hitting a slap shot from the right faceoff circle top shelf to finish off the victory for Seattle.

Trombley and Luke Lee-Knight combined for 33 saves in the loss while Mumaugh stopped 28 shots in the win.

The Americans will begin a crucial home-and-home series against the Spokane Chiefs (42-25-2-0, 86 pts) on Friday, March 15 in the Veterans Memorial Arena. Game time is at 7:05 p.m. Each team has won five games in the 10 game series. Spokane has a two point lead for home ice advantage in the first round playoff series between the Americans and Chiefs. NewsTalk 870 will broadcast the game starting at 6:45 p.m. WHL Live will stream the game online starting at 7:00 p.m.

Jack in the Box Three Stars:
1. Luke Lockhart, Seattle

2. Roberts Lipsbergs, Seattle
3. Danny Mumaugh, Seattle

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Playoff Stats

Goalie GP W SO GAA SV%
Eric Comrie 5 1 0 3.46 0.917
Evan Sarthou 0 0 0 0.00 0.000
Player G A PTS PIM
Jessey Astles 1 0 1 2
Parker Bowles 1 2 3 4
Brandon Carlo 0 1 1 8
Ty Comrie 0 0 0 0
Jordan Davies 0 0 0 0
Morgan Geekie 0 0 0 0
Matthew Gelinas 0 0 0 0
Justin Gutierrez 1 3 4 2
Justin Hamonic 1 0 1 6
Riley Hillis 0 0 0 0
Justin Marreck 0 0 0 0
Devon McAndrews 0 0 0 0
Beau McCue 0 1 1 0
Lucas Nickles 0 0 0 4
Jackson Playfair 0 0 0 2
Michal Plutnar 0 0 0 2
Braden Purtill 0 0 0 2
Rodney Southam 0 0 0 0
Josh Thrower 0 0 0 5
Mitch Topping 0 2 2 4
Philip Tot 3 4 7 0
Taylor Vickerman 0 0 0 0
Brian Williams 3 2 5 4
Parker Wotherspoon 0 2 2 2
Standings
  • B.C. Division |
  • Central Division |
  • East Division |
  • U.S. Division |
Team GP W L OTL SL PTS
Kelowna Rockets 72 57 11 0 4 118
Victoria Royals 72 48 20 1 3 100
Vancouver Giants 72 32 29 7 4 75
Prince George Cougars 72 27 37 3 5 62
Kamloops Blazers 72 14 53 2 3 33
Team GP W L OTL SL PTS
Edmonton Oil Kings 72 50 19 2 1 103
Calgary Hitmen 72 48 17 3 4 103
Medicine Hat Tigers 72 44 24 3 1 92
Kootenay Ice 72 39 28 2 3 83
Red Deer Rebels 72 35 32 1 4 75
Lethbridge Hurricanes 72 12 55 2 3 29
Team GP W L OTL SL PTS
Regina Pats 72 39 26 4 3 85
Swift Current Broncos 72 38 25 3 6 85
Brandon Wheat Kings 72 34 29 6 3 77
Prince Albert Raiders 72 35 32 3 2 75
Moose Jaw Warriors 72 21 42 3 6 51
Saskatoon Blades 72 16 51 2 3 37
Team GP W L OTL SL PTS
Portland Winterhawks 72 54 13 2 3 113
Seattle Thunderbirds 72 41 25 2 4 88
Everett Silvertips 72 39 23 7 3 88
Spokane Chiefs 72 40 26 3 3 86
Tri-City Americans 72 29 33 4 6 68