ISN – KELOWNA, April 5, 2014 – The Kelowna Rockets defeated the Seattle Thunderbirds 6-3
Saturday night at Prospera Place in Game 2 of their second round best-of-seven playoff
series. The Rockets now lead the series 2-0.
Game 3 and Game 4 of the series are scheduled for ShoWare Center on Tuesday, April
8, and Wednesday, April 9. Both games start at 7:05pm.
Kelowna took a 1-0 lead eight minutes into the first period when Riley Stadel converted
on a two-on-one break. Carter Rigby carried the puck down the right win and backhanded
the puck across to Stadel. Stadel beat Seattle goalie Taran Kozun with a quick shot.
The Rockets made it a 2-0 lead at 11:46 of the first. Madison Bowey had the puck
at the right point. Bowey made a slap pass to Nick Merkley to the left of the goal.
Kozun went down to block a slap shot and then had to lunge across the crease to
try and stop Merkley. Merkley got the puck under Kozun and into the net.
Seattle came right back and got on the scoreboard at 14:03 of the third. Russell
Maxwell had the puck along the left boards and sent it low to Branden Troock along
the goal line to the left of the Kelowna net. Troock backhanded the puck to Roberts
Lipsbergs coming through crease. Lipsbergs beat Kelowna goalie Jordon Cooke with
a backhand shot for his second goal of the playoffs.
The T-Birds tied the game 2-2 at 16:12 of the first. A good forecheck by Mitch Elliot
and Keegan Kolesar kept the puck in the Rockets zone. The puck came to Kolesar in
the slot and he put a shot on Cooke. The rebound bounced into the crease and Scott
Eansor got it and backhanded it past the goalie for the tying goal.
Seattle outshot Kelowna 18-7 in the first period.
The Rockets went in front 3-2 at 3:12 of the second period on a four-on-three
goal from Damon Severson. Severson scored on a wrist shot from the slot with Bowey
and Merkley getting the assists.
Cole Linaker tipped a Carter Rigby shot at 4:46 of the second to give the Rockets
a 4-2 lead. Severson had the second assist.
The Rockets went in front 5-2 when Rourke Chartier put back a rebound at 14:01 of
the second. Merkley and Severson had the assists.
Kelowna outshot Seattle 17-8 in the second period but the T-Birds led 26-24 in shots
after two periods.
Seattle earned a power play early in the third period and capitalized five seconds
after it ended to get their third goal of the game. Shea Theodore took a shot from
the slot that Cooke stopped. The rebound came to Alexander Delnov and he beat Cooke
through the legs at 2:49. Mathew Barzal had the second assist.
The T-Birds pulled Kozun with 2:30 left in the game for an extra attacker. Kelowna’s
Tyrel Goulbourne scored at 18:03 of the third to seal the win. Colton Heffley had
an assist on the goal.
Seattle outshot Kelowna 13-6 in the third period and 39-30 in the game.
Kozun had 24 saves on 29 shots and his playoff record is now 4-3.
Cooke made 36 saves on 39 shots and his playoff record is now 6-1.
Second Round Schedule vs. Kelowna
Game 1 – At Kelowna 6, Seattle 2
Game 2 – At Kelowna 6, Seattle 3
Game 3 – Kelowna @ Seattle Tuesday, April 8, 7:05 pm
Game 4 – Kelowna @ Seattle Wednesday, April 9, 7:05 pm
Game 5 – Seattle @ Kelowna Friday, April 11, 7:05 pm*
Game 6 – Kelowna @ Seattle Sunday, April 13, 5:05 pm*
Game 7 – Seattle @ Kelowna Tuesday, April 15, 7:05 pm*
First period – 1, Kelowna, Stadel 1 (Rigby, Linaker), 8:00. 2, Kelowna, Merkley
1 (Bowey, Tvrdon), 11:46. 3, Seattle, Lipsbergs 2 (Troock, Maxwell), 14:03. 4, Seattle,
Eansor 4 (Kolesar), 16:12. Penalties – No penalties.
Second period – 5, Kelowna, Severson 3 (Bowey, Merkley), 3:12 (pp). 6, Kelowna,
Linaker 3 (Rigby, Severson), 4:46. 7, Seattle, Chartier 4 (Merkley, Severson), 14:01.
Penalties – Baillie, Kel (slashing), 1:39. Wardley, Sea (roughing), 1:39. Barzal,
Sea (hooking), 2:52. Bear, Sea (interference), 7:01. Baillie, Kel (unsportsmanlike
conduct), 14:15. Eansor, Sea (unsportsmanlike conduct), 14:15. Eansor, Sea (hooking),
16:51. Baillie, Kel (high-sticking), 17:04.
Third period – 8, Seattle, Delnov 3 (Theodore, Barzal), 2:49. 9, Kelowna, Goulbourne
1 (Heffley), 18:03 (en). Penalties – Goulbourne, Kel (interference): 44. Kolesar,
Sea (slashing) 10:26. Lees, Kel (cross checking), 10:26.
Shots on goal – Seattle 18-8-13 39, Kelowna 7-17-6 30. Goalies – Seattle, Kozun
29 shots-24 saves (4-3); Kelowna, Cooke 39-26 (6-1). Power plays – Seattle 0-2;
Kelowna 1-3. A – 5,675. Referees – Reagan Vetter, Nathan Wieler. Linesmen – Nick
Bilko, Justin Hull.