KENT, October 10, 2015 – Keegan Kolesar had a goal and an assist and scored the shootout winner in the Seattle Thunderbirds 3-2 shootout win over the Prince Albert Raiders Saturday night at ShoWare Center.
The 4,009 at ShoWare Center saw the game go to a shootout after a back-and-forth three-on-three overtime. This was the first home game this season to go to overtime and feature the three-on-three format.
Mathew Barzal had a goal and an assist in the game and scored the first goal in the shootout. Barzal beat Prince Albert goalie Rylan Parenteau around the left pad after a nice stickhandling move got the goalie to go down.
After Barzal scored in the shootout Seattle goalie Taz Burman stopped the Raiders Reid Gardiner with a right pad save.
Jamal Watson was the T-Birds second shooter and he beat Parenteau with a high backhand shot that knocked the goalie’s water bottle off the net.
Simon Stransky, the Raiders second shooter, beat Burman over the blocker to keep his team in the game.
Kolesar won the game for the T-Birds by beating Parenteau with a similar move to Barzal. Kolesar has two goals and five assists in the first four games this season.
The T-Birds travel to Portland to take on the Winterhawks on Sunday at 5pm at the Moda Center.
Prince Albert (4-1-0-1) took a 1-0 lead at 5:01 of the first period. Reid Gardiner took a shot from the right circle that rebounded off Burman in the air towards the slot. Austin Glover batted the puck out of the air and past Burman for the first goal of the game.
The Raiders made it a 2-0 game when Gardiner scored at 8:30 of the first. Gardiner forced a turnover along the right boards and then came in on Burman. Gardiner beat Burman through the legs.
Seattle (2-1-1-0) struck back on the power play at 17:42 of the first. Ethan Bear took a slap shot from the high point that Parenteau stopped. The puck rebounded high into the air and Kolesar knocked it into the left corner. Kolesar got the puck and passed it to Barzal along the left board. Barzal skated into the left circle and wired a slap shot past Parenteau for his first goal of the season. This was Barzal’s first game with the T-Birds since returning from the Training Camp of the New York Islanders.
Prince Albert outshot Seattle 10-8 in the first period.
The T-Birds outshot the Raiders 16-6 in a fast moving second period. The T-Birds led 24-16 in total shots after two periods.
Kolesar tied the game 2-2 with a power-play goal at 5:06 of the third period. Bear crossed the puck from the left point to Barzal in the left circle. Barzal sent the puck low to Kolesar on the goal line. Kolesar drove to net and slammed the puck around Parenteau for the tying goal.
Seattle led 36-19 in total shots after regulation by outshooting Prince Albert 12-3 in the third period.
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