KENT, March 25, 2016 – The Seattle Thunderbirds defeated the Prince George Cougars 3-2 in overtime Friday night at the ShoWare Center in Game 1 of their first round WHL playoff series.
Andreas Schumacher scored the game-winning goal when he tipped a Cavin Leth wrist shot from the right circle past Prince George goalie Ty Edmonds at 11:50 of overtime. Alexander True had the second assist.
Game 2 of the best-of-seven first round series will be Saturday at 7:05pm at ShoWare Center.
Seattle goalie Landon Bow made 21 saves on 23 shots to get the win.
Seattle outshot Prince George 12-9 in a scoreless first period.
Prince George took a 1-0 lead at 6:51 of the second period on a power-play goal by Jesse Gabrielle. Brad Morrison and Jansen Harkins had the assists.
The T-Birds tied the game 1-1 at 18:09 of the second with an extra player on the ice due to a delayed penalty call on the Cougars. Andreas Schumacher had the puck behind the net and sent it to Alexander True in the right corner. True centered the puck to Donovan Neuls as he came off the bench. Neuls beat Edmonds from the slot for the tying goal.
The Cougars outshot the T-Birds 8-7 in the second period. The T-Birds led 19-17 after two periods.
Seattle took a 2-1 lead at 16:34 of the third period on scramble goal by True. True took a shot from the slot got his rebound and took another shot and the puck found it the back of the net. Leth and Jared Hauf had the assists on the goal.
Prince George tied the game with 29 seconds left on a six-on-four power-play goal by Jansen Harkins. Gabrielle and Joseph Carvalho had the assists.
The T-Birds held the Cougars to two shots in the third period while putting 22 on Edmonds.
Shots were 41-19 Seattle after three periods.
Edmonds made 47 saves on 50 shots in the loss.
Games 3 and 4 of the series are on Tuesday, March 29, and Wednesday, March 30, at the CN Centre in Prince George. Both games start at 7pm.
Seattle vs. Prince George First Round Schedule
Game 1 At Seattle 3, Prince George 2, OT
Game 2 Prince George @ Seattle Saturday, March 26, 7:05pm
Game 3 Seattle @ Prince George Tuesday, March 29, 7pm
Game 4 Seattle @ Prince George Wednesday, March 30, 7pm
Game 5 Prince George @ Seattle Friday, April 1, 7:35pm*
Game 6 Seattle @ Prince George Sunday, April 3, 7pm*
Game 7 Prince George @ Seattle Tuesday, April 5, 7:05pm*
* if necessary
First period – No scoring. Penalties – O’Brien, PG (holding), 1:59. Eansor, Sea (hooking), 11:15. Olson, PG (cross checking), 17:19.
Second period – 1, Prince George, Gabrielle 1 (Morrison, Harkins), 6:51 (pp). 2, Seattle, Neuls 1 (True, Schumacher), 18:09. Penalties – Lakusta, PG (hooking), 2:44. Hauf, Sea (interference), 5:46. Harkins, PG (holding), 12:53. Ottenbreit, Sea (hooking), 19:42.
Third period – 3, Seattle, True 1 (Leth, Hauf), 16:34. 4, Prince George, Harkins 1 (Gabrielle, Carvalho), 19:31 (pp). Penalties – Harkins, PG (high-sticking), 5:18. True, Sea (slashing), 11:55. Hauf, Sea (hooking), 18:16.
Overtime – 5, Seattle, Schumacher 1 (Leth, True), 11:50. Penalties – No penalties.
Shots on goal – Seattle 12-7-22-9 50, Prince George 9-8-2-4 23. Goalies – Seattle, Bow 23 shots-21 saves (1-0); Prince George, Edmonds 50-47 (0-1). Power plays – Seattle 0-5; Prince George 2-5. A – 4,046. Referees – Mark Pearce, Steve Papp. Linesmen – Nick Bilko, Bevan Mills.