T-Birds Take 2-0 Series Lead With 4-1 Win Over Cougars

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KENT, March 26, 2016 – Keegan Kolesar had two goals and Mathew Barzal had three assists Saturday night in front of 5,092 at ShoWare Center to lead the Seattle Thunderbirds to a 4-1 victory over the Prince George Cougars in Game 2 of their first round playoff series.

 
The T-Birds lead the best-of-seven series 2-0. They beat the Cougars 3-2 in overtime on Friday.
 
The series moves to Prince George for Game 3 and 4. Games 3 and 4 are on Tuesday, March 29, and Wednesday, March 30, at the CN Centre. Both games start at 7pm.
 
Seattle goalie Landon Bow made 17 saves on 18 shots to get the win, his second of the playoffs.
 
The T-Birds outshot the Cougars 44-18 in the game and have outshot them 94-43 in the two games.
 
The T-Birds took a 1-0 lead 8:05 of the on a four-on-four goal by Keegan Kolesar. Mathew Barzal had the puck in the left corner and passed it to Kolesar in the left circle. Kolesar snapped the puck over Prince George goalie Ty Edmonds glove for the goal.
 
Seattle thought they took a 2-0 lead a minute after Kolesar’s goal. Andreas Schumacher came off the bench to receive a pass for a breakaway. Schumacher scored on Edmonds but the referees convened and ruled that the T-Birds had too many men on the ice and the goal was waved off.
 
Chase Witala tied the game 1-1 for the Cougars at 14:29 of the second. A pass from Jansen Harkins went off Witala’s skate and past Seattle goalie Landon Bow. Bow quickly argued with the referees to say Witala kicked the puck. The play went to video review and was determined to be a good goal. Brad Morrison had the second assist.
 
The T-Birds took a 2-1 lead at 15:43 of the second on a goal from Ethan Bear. Nick Holowko took a shot that Edmonds stopped. Barzal got the rebound and circled around the net. Barzal centered the puck to Bear all alone in the slot and he put a wrist shot over Edmonds’ glove.
 
The T-Birds killed off a Cougars four-on-three power play to end the period. Bow mad a good save sliding left to right to deny Harkins and keep the Cougars from tying the game.
 
Seattle outshot Prince George 16-6 in the second period and led 26-12 in shots after two periods.
 
Kolesar put the T-Birds in front 3-1 at 5:14 of the third period. Barzal had a one-on-one with a Cougars defenseman. He got the puck around the defenseman but Edmonds came out of his net and poke checked the puck to the right boards. Kolesar got the puck along the boards and whipped it at the net with Edmonds out of position. The puck snuck in at the left post for Kolesar’s second goal of the game.
 
Scott Eansor scored an empty-net goal with 33 seconds left in the game to seal the win. Nolan Volcan passed the puck to Eansor who carried it into the Prince George zone. Eansor was taken down but got right back up and skated the puck to the net.
 
Edmonds made 40 saves on 43 in the loss.
 
Seattle vs. Prince George First Round Schedule
Game 1 At Seattle 3, Prince George 2
Game 2 At Seattle 4, Prince George 1
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
 
SCORING SUMMARY
 
First period – No scoring. Penalties – Harrison, PG (hooking), 7:30. McDonald, PG (hooking), 11:19. Kolesar, Sea (charging), 12:39. Ruopp, PG (charging), 17:39.
 
Second period – 1, Seattle, Kolesar 1 (Barzal), 8:05. 2, Prince George, Witala 1 (Harkins, Morrison), 14:29. 3, Seattle, Bear 1 (Barzal, Holowko), 15:43. Penalties – Bench, Sea (too many men-served by Holowko), 9:14. Harrison, PG (cross checking), 11:19. Barzal, Sea (tripping), 12:26. Schumacher, Sea (charging), 17:37. Witala, PG (checking from behind), 17:43. Ottenbreit, Sea (cross checking), 18:01.
 
Third period – 4, Seattle, Kolesar 2 (Barzal), 5:14. 5, Seattle, Eansor 1 (Volcan), 19:27 (en). Penalties – O’Brien, PG (tripping), 2:13. Bethune, PG (delay of game), 6:14. Leth, Sea (interference), 8:28. Harkins, PG (10-minute misconduct), 19:27.
 
Shots on goal – Seattle 13-16-15 44, Prince George 6-6-6 18. Goalies – Seattle, Bow 18 shots-17 saves (2-0); Prince George, Edmonds 43-40 (0-2). Power plays – Seattle 0-6; Prince George 0-6. A – 5,092. Referees – Kevin Bennett, Jeff Ingram. Linesmen – Michael Bean, Nathan Van Oosten.

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