T-Birds Blank Cougars In Game 3

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PRINCE GEORGE, BC, March 29, 2016 – Landon Bow made 27 saves Tuesday night at the CN Centre to lead the Seattle Thunderbirds to a 5-0 shutout of the Prince George Cougars in Game 3 of their first round playoff series.

 
The T-Birds lead the best-of-seven series 3-0. They can close out the series in Game 4 Wednesday night at CN Centre. Puck drop for Game 4 is 7pm.
 
Bow had eight saves in the first period, 12 saves in the second period and 14 saves in the third period for his first career playoff shutout.
 
The T-Birds have outscored the Cougars 12-3 in the three games so far.
Seattle took a 1-0 lead 3:07 into the first period. From the left circle Mathe
w Barzal attempted a slap shot but his stick broke. The puck went into the slot where Keegan Kolesar got a stick it. Nick Holowko picked up the loose puck in high slot and beat Prince George goalie Ty Edmonds with a wrist shot.
 
The T-Birds took a 2-0 lead at 9:27 of the first. Holowko won a puck battle along the left boards and got the puck to Kolesar. Kolesar came off the board and skated through the left circle into the high slot. Kolesar beat Edmonds with a wrist shot over the blocker for his third goal of the playoffs.
Both teams had eight shots on goal in the first period.
 
Seattle struck at 3:31 of the second period on a power-play goal from Alexander True to take a 3-0 lead. Ethan Bear crossed the puck form the middle of the ice inside the blue line to Jerret Smith in the left circle. Smith one-timed Bear’s pass and Edmonds made the save. True was on top of the crease and jammed the rebound passed Edmonds.
 
Prince George replaced Edmonds with Nick McBride after the third Seattle goal. Edmonds had six saves on nine shots.
 
Seattle led 20-18 in shots after two periods by outshooting Prince George 12-10 in the second period.
 
Cavin Leth scored at 1:49 of the third period to give the T-Birds a 4-0 lead. Andreas Schumacher passed the puck to Leth in the left circle. Leth took a wrist shot with True screening McBride that found the back of the net.
 
Leth scored shorthanded at 6:29 of third to get the T-Birds fifth goal. Scott Eansor took a shot from the left of the goal. Leth crashed the net on the shot and banged the rebound past McBride.
 
Seattle outshot Prince George 14-9 in the third period and 34-27 in the game.
 
McBride had 22 saves on 24 shots in 37 minutes of action.
 
If necessary, Game 5 of the series is Friday at the ShoWare Center at 7:35pm.
 
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 5, at Prince George 0
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 – 1, Seattle, Holowko 1 (Kolesar, Barzal), 3:07. 2, Seattle, Kolesar 3 (Holowko), 9:27. Penalties – Johnson, PG (charging), 13:16. Ottenbreit, Sea (holding), 18:11.
 
Second period – 3, Seattle, True 2 (Smith, Bear), 3:31 (pp). Penalties – Bench, PG (too many men-served by Johnson), 1:54. Kolesar, Sea (checking from behind), 11:12. Witala, PG (roughing), 12:55. Leth, PG (roughing), 12:55. Witala, PG (slashing), 16:57.
 
Third period – 4, Seattle, Leth 2 (Schumacher), 1:49. 5, Seattle, Leth 3 (Eansor), 6:29 (sh). Penalties – Schumacher, Sea (goaltender interference), 4:50. Gabrielle, PG (major-fighting, 10-minute misconduct), 7:14. Barzal, Sea (slashing), 7:14. Witala, PG (roughing), 7:14. Schuldhaus, Sea (roughing), 7:14. Hauf, Sea (holding), 18:02.
 
Shots on goal – Seattle 8-12-14 34, Prince George 8-10-9 27. Goalies – Seattle, Bow 27 shots-27 saves (3-0); Prince George, Edmonds 9-6 (0-3), McBride 24-22. Power plays – Seattle 1-3; Prince George 0-4. A – 3,491. Referees – Mike Campbell, Reagan Vetter. Linesmen – Chris Carlson, Ron Dietterle.

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