Payworks Recap: Thunderbirds soar past Rockets with special teams
The Seattle Thunderbirds pushed past the Kelowna Rockets with a 5-1 victory on Tuesday night at Prospera Place in Kelowna, BC.
Kelowna now trails 3-0 in the best of seven series, the two will play game four on Wednesday night at Prospera Place.
Kelowna was unable to capitalize on their five power play opportunities through the first two periods of play.
Reid Schaefer (2) tied up things early in the second while on a power play.
The two teams were tied at one heading into the final frame. Mark Liwiski was given five minutes and a game misconduct for checking to the head four minutes into the third period, Seattle’s Jeremy Hanzel was given two minutes for unsportsmanlike conduct. In the dying seconds of four-on-four, Kevin Korchinski scored to give the Thunderbirds their first lead of the game. Seattle then scored back-to-back power play goals 17 seconds apart to take a 4-1 lead. The T-Birds added another later in the period to make it 5-1.
Seattle was three-for-five on the power play, with all three of their goals coming from the five-minute power play in the third period.
The Thunderbirds outshot the Rockets 46-28.
Jari Kykkanen made 41 saves on 46 shots, while Thomas Milic turned aside 27 of the 28 shots he faced.
The two will face off for game four tomorrow night at 7:05 pm at Prospera Place. Fans can purchase their tickets online at selectyourtickets.com, at the Prospera Place box office or by phone at 250-762-5050. The box office is open 11:00 a.m. to 4:00p.m. Tuesday through Friday, and opens at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday home game days.
In support of Ukraine – Volunteers from the Kelowna Ukrainian Church will be on-site at Wednesday, April 27th’s game against the Seattle Thunderbirds collecting provisions for the families and children in Ukraine. To view the donation list please click here.