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The Seattle Thunderbirds suffered a 6-2 loss at the hands of the Kelowna Rockets in Game 1 in the second round of the Western Hockey League playoffs. With 118 points in the regular season, the Rockets are the top-ranked team in the WHL and looking for a repeat of last year s first round matchup with the T-Birds (Kelowna swept Seattle 4-0 to advance to the second round, only to be swept 4-0 by the Kamloops Blazers). The Rockets scored three times in the first period, including two power play conversions. Matthew Barzal put the T-Birds on the board to end the first down 3-1. Alexander Delnov scored in the second, but Kelowna scored twice, including another power play goal to end the second up 5-2. Damon Severson added another tally early in the third and the T-Birds never recovered.

The two teams go at it again Saturday night at Prospera Place in Kelowna. The puck drops at 7:05pm.

Connect with the Seattle Thunderbirds on Facebook and Twitter: @SeattleTBirds

Connect with the Kelowna Rockets on Facebook and Twitter: @Kelowna_Rockets

(Note: some hockey fans may remember the Rockets when they played in Tacoma from 1991-1995 before moving to Kelowna)

Three Stars of the Game:

  1. Damon Severson/Kelowna
  2. Rourke Chartier/Kelowna
  3. Tyrell Goulbourne/Kelowna

Game 1 Scoring Recap:

First Period:

2:16 Cole Linaker/Kelowna (Assist: Tyrell Goulbourne)

4:32 Rourke Chartier/Kelowna-PP (Assists: Damon Severson, Jordan Cooke)

7:44 Matthew Barzal/Seattle (Assists: Justin Hickman, Ryan Gropp)

19:42 Damon Severson/Kelowna-PP (Assists: Nick Merkley, Riley Stadel)

Second Period:

3:07 Alexander Delnov/Seattle (unassisted)

13:04 Ryan Olson/Kelowna-PP (Assists: Nick Merkley, Damon Severson)

19:49 Madison Bowey/Kelowna (Assist: Cole Linaker)

Third Period:

0:24 Damon Severson/Kelowna (Assists: Justin Kirkland, Ryan Olson)

Penalties:

First Period:

0:15 Madison Bowey/Kelowna: Interference (2 minutes)

3:34 Shea Theodore/Seattle: High Sticking (2 minutes)

13:37 Branden Troock/Seattle: Slashing (2 minutes)

17:53 Mitch Elliot/Seattle: Boarding (2 minutes)

Second Period:

10:10 Branden Troock/Seattle: Roughing (2 minutes)

12:15 Evan Wardley/Seattle: Checking from behind (2 minutes)

20:00 Scott Eansor/Seattle: Unsportsmanlike conduct (2 minutes)

20:00 Tyson Baillie/Kelowna: Unsportsmanlike conduct (2 minutes)

Third Period:

2:31 Mitch Elliot/Seattle: Tripping (2 minutes)

4:28 Justin Kirkland/Kelowna: High Sticking (2 minutes)

15:09 Nick Merkley/Kelowna: Slashing (2 minutes)

SECOND ROUND SCHEDULE vs. KELOWNA ROCKETS:

Game 1 Thursday, April 3: Kelowna 6 Seattle 2

Game 2 Saturday, April 5: Seattle at Kelowna 7:05pm

Game 3 Tuesday, April 8: Kelowna at Seattle 7:05pm

Game 4 Wednesday, April 9: Kelowna at Seattle 7:05pm

If necessary:

Game 5 Friday, April 11: Seattle at Kelowna 7:05pm

Game 6 Sunday, April 13: Kelowna at Seattle 5:05pm

Game 7 Tuesday, April 15: Seattle at Kelowna 7:05pm

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