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The Seattle Thunderbirds find themselves in a hole, after losing Game 2 (6-3) to the Kelowna Rockets in the second round of the Western Hockey League playoffs. As in Game 1, Kelowna took the lead in the first, scoring two goals in the first eleven minutes. The T-Birds tied it up in the first, on goals scored two minutes apart by Roberts Lipsbergs and Scott Eansor. The second period turned into an ugly, emotional contest marred by sixteen penalty minutes (on both teams) and two more Kelowna goals. Alexander Delnov scored early in the third period, but that s all the offense the T-Birds could muster, and a Rockets empty net goal in the final two minutes of regulation sealed Kelowna s 6-3 victory.

The two teams travel to Kent for Games 3 and 4, a must-win situation for the T-Birds to keep their playoff hopes alive. Game 3 is Tuesday, April 8 at 7:05pm and Game 4 is Wednesday, April 9 at 7:05pm. Tickets are available for both games. Click here for more information. (Note: Tuesday s game is a Two for Tuesday promotion, featuring $2 beer, soda, popcorn and hot dogs, as well as two tickets for the price of one).

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(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. Nick Merkley/Kelowna
  2. Jordan Cooke/Kelowna
  3. Carter Rigby/Kelowna

Game 2 Scoring Recap:

First Period:

8:00 Riley Stadel/Kelowna (Assists: Carter Rigby, Cole Linaker)

11:46 Nick Merkley/Kelowna (Assists: Madison Bowey, Marek Tvrdon)

14:03 Roberts Lipsbergs/Seattle (Assists: Branden Troock, Russell Maxwell)

16:12 Scott Eansor/Seattle (Assists: Mitch Elliot, Keegan Kolesar)

Second Period:

3:12 Damon Severson/Kelowna PP (Assists: Madison Bowey, Nick Merkley)

4:46 Cole Linaker (Assists: Carter Rigby, Damon Severson)

Third Period:

2:49 Alexander Delnov/Seattle (Assists: Shea Theodore, Matthew Barzal)

18:03 Tyrell Goulbourne/Kelowna-EN (Assist: Colton Heffley)

Penalties:

Second Period:

1:39 Evan Wardley/Seattle Roughing (2 minutes)

1:39 Tyson Baillie/Kelowna Slashing (2 minutes)

7:01 Ethan Bear/Seattle Hooking (2 minutes)

14:15 Scott Eansor/Seattle Unsportsmanlike Conduct (2 minutes)

14:15 Tyson Baillie/Kelowna Unsportsmanlike Conduct (2 minutes)

16:51 Scott Eansor/Seattle Hooking (2 minutes)

17:04 Tyson Baillie/Kelowna High Sticking (2 minutes)

Third Period:

0:44 - Tyrrell Goulbourne/Kelowna Interference (2 minutes)

10:26 Keegan Kolesar/Seattle Slashing (2 minutes)

10:26 Jesse Lees/Kelowna Cross Checking (2 minutes)

SECOND ROUND SCHEDULE vs. KELOWNA ROCKETS:

Game 1 Thursday, April 3: Kelowna 6 Seattle 2

Game 2 Saturday, April 5: Kelowna 6 - Seattle 3

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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