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The Seattle Thunderbirds took a 2-0 series lead in Western Hockey League playoff action, after defeating the Everett Silvertips 3-1 Sunday afternoon at Comcast Arena in Everett. The Tips scored first early in the game, on a goal from Carson Stadnyk. After that, it was all T-Birds, scoring-wise, as Roberts Lipsbergs tied things up in the 2nd, with Branden Troock and Russell Maxwell putting Seattle ahead for good in the third.The Silvertips seemed to have scored shortly after Troock to tie things at 2, but the refs waived the goal, saying they d stopped the play before the puck crossed the goal line.

This was another physical game, marked by 34 penalty minutes and a lot of pushing and shoving on the ice. Everett outshot Seattle throughout the game (27-16) but could not get more than one goal past T-Birds netminder Taran Kozun.

The two teams head back to ShoWare Center in Kent for Game 3, Tuesday, March 25 at 7:05pm. (NOTE: It s Two for Tuesday so check out special ticket, food and drink offers by clicking here.)

Three Stars of the Game:

  1. Taran Kozun (G)/Seattle
  2. Branden Troock (RW)/Seattle
  3. Roberts Lipsbergs (LW)/Seattle

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Here's the playoff schedule:

Game 1 Saturday, March 22, Seattle 2, Everett 1

Game 2 Sunday, March 23, Seattle 3, Everett 1

Game 3 Tuesday, March 25, 7:05pm Everett at Seattle (ShoWare Center, Kent)

Game 4 Friday, March 28, 7:35pm Seattle at Everett (Comcast Arena, Everett)

If necessary:

Game 5 Saturday, March 29, 7:05pm Everett at Seattle (ShoWare Center, Kent)

Game 6 Monday, March 31, 7:05pm Seattle at Everett (Comcast Arena, Everett)

Game 7 Wednesday, April 2, 7:05pm Everett at Seattle (ShoWare Center, Kent)

Game Two Scoring Recap:

First Period:

  • 3:51 Carson Stadnyk/Everett (Assist: Brayden Low)

Second Period:

  • 5:01 Roberts Lipsbergs/Seattle-PP (Assists: Adam Henry, Shea Theodore)

Third Period:

  • 2:58 Brandon Troock/Seattle (Assist: Matthew Barzal)
  • 8:45 Russell Maxwell/Seattle (Assists: Roberts Lipsbergs, Shea Theodore)

Penalties:

First Period:

  • 11:39 Alexander Delnov /Seattle Hooking (2 minutes)
  • 16:34 Ben Betker/Everett Holding (2 minutes)
  • 17:23 Evan Bear/Seattle Tripping (2 minutes)
  • 17:58 Matthew Barzal/Seattle Unsportsmanlike Conduct (2 minutes)
  • 17:58 Noah Juulsen/Everett Unsportsmanlike Conduct (2 minutes)
  • 19:18 Jared Hauf/Seattle Roughing (2 minutes)
  • 19:18 Evan Wardley/Seattle Roughing (2 minutes)
  • 19:18 Jujhar Khaira/Everett Roughing (2 minutes)
  • 19:18 Joshua Winquist/Everett Roughing (2 minutes)

Second Period:

  • 3:14 Carson Stadnyk/Everett Tripping (2 minutes)
  • 4:36 Ben Betker/Everett Cross Checking (2 minutes)
  • 10:06 Justin Hickman/Seattle Boarding (2 minutes)
  • 17:42 Alexander Delnov/Seattle Hooking (2 minutes)

Third Period:

  • 2:22 Roberts Lipsbergs/Seattle Cross Checking (2 minutes)
  • 2:22 Zane Jones/Everett Embellishment (2 minutes)
  • 5:02 Jerret Smith/Seattle Tripping (2 minutes)
  • 6:41 Jujhar Khaira/Everett Tripping (2 minutes)
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