The Seattle Thunderbirds scored three power-play goals Tuesday night at SaskTel Centre in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, en route to a 4-3 win over the Saskatoon Blades.
The T-Birds have scored three power-play goals in back-to-back games. They had three against the Regina Pats on October 30 in Regina.
This was the T-Birds third game on a six-game road trip through the East Division. They beat the Swift Current Broncos 2-1 on October 28 and lost to the Pats 6-3.
The T-Birds will play the Prince Albert Raiders on Wednesday. They then travel to play the Brandon Wheat Kings on Friday, November 4, and the Moose Jaw Warriors on Saturday, November 5.
Seattle took a 1-0 lead 2:15 into the first period on a power-play goal by Jarret Tyszka. Ethan Bear had the puck at the right point and he crossed it to Tyszka at the left point. Tyszka skated into the left circle and beat Saskatoon goalie Logan Flodell with a wrist shot. Nolan Volcan had the second assist on Tyszka’s first goal of the season.
Zack Andrusiak scored at 9:40 of the second but the referees waved off the goal. Andrusiak was in the crease when the puck went in net. The referees went to video review and the call stood, which was possibly that Andrusiak had kicked the puck into the net.
Tyszka took a stick in the face from the Blades Mason McCarty with 18 seconds left in the first period to draw a double minor penalty.
Seattle outshot Saskatoon 15-4 in the first period.
The T-Birds started the second period on the power play and capitalized 56 seconds into the period courtesy of good puck movement. Ethan Bear had the puck at center ice and passed it to Ryan Gropp at the top of the right circle. Gropp quickly crossed the puck to Turner Ottenbreit in the left circle. Ottenbreit moved the puck to Alexander True all alone in front of Flodell. True snuck the puck under Flodell for his fifth goal of the season.
Seattle (5-6-0-1) struck again on the power play 55 seconds after their second goal. Volcan came off the right wall into the right circle. Volcan passed the puck to Scott Eansor in the slot. Eansor took a shot that Flodell got a pad on. Donovan Neuls cleaned up the rebound stuffing the puck under Flodell.
Saskatoon replaced Flodell with Brock Hamm after the T-Birds third goal. Flodell had 16 saves on 19 shots.
Saskatoon (7-8-1-0) got on the board when Michael Farren scored an unassisted goal at 6:04 of the second.
Eansor put the T-Birds back in front by three goals when he scored an unassisted shorthanded goal at 9:32 of the second. Eansor broke up ice with the puck on partial breakaway. Eansor was harassed from behind as he came in on Hamm. The goalie made a save with the puck going into the right corner. Eansor got the puck and curled through the right circle and into the slot. Eansor beat Hamm with a wrist shot over the glove for his second goal of the year.
Both teams had 10 shots on goal in the second period. Seattle led 25-14 in shots after two periods.
Josh Paterson cut the T-Birds lead to two goals when he scored at 1:39 of the third period. Bryton Sayers and Lukus MacKenzie had the assists.
The Blades pulled Hamm with 1:38 left in the game and capitalized when McCarty snuck a backhand shot past Seattle goalie Rylan Toth with 1:16 left in the game. Paterson had the only assist on the goal.
The T-Birds were called for a hooking penalty with 30 seconds left in the game. The Blades pulled Hamm again and had sustained pressure in the T-Birds zone. The T-Birds cleared the puck from their zone with five seconds left to win the game.
Seattle finished with a 33-24 advantage in shots.
Toth made 21 saves on 24 shots and his record is now 4-6-0-0.
Hamm stopped 13 of 14 shots and was credited with the loss.
The T-Birds next home game is Friday, November 11, against the Calgary Hitmen at 7:35pm at ShoWare Center.
First period – 1, Seattle, Tyszka 1 (Bear, Volcan), 2:15 (pp). Penalties – Caller, Sas (holding), 2:45. Hajek, Sas (tripping), 7:00. McCarty, Sas (double minor-high sticking), 19:42.
Second period – 2, Seattle, True 5 (Ottenbreit, Gropp), :56 (pp). 3, Seattle, Neuls 3 (Eansor, Volcan), 1:51 (pp). 4, Saskatoon, Farren 1, 6:04. 5, Seattle, Eansor 2, 9:32 (sh). Penalties – Eansor, Sea (cross checking), 6:49. Schuldhaus, Sea (interference), 8:39. Eansor, Sea (slashing), 14:33. Caller, Sas (holding), 19:03.
Third period – 6, Saskatoon, Paterson 5 (Sayers, MacKenzie), 1:39. 7, Saskatoon, McCarty (Paterson), 18:44. Penalties – McCarty, Sas (slashing), 11:03. Neuls, Sea (hooking), 19:33.
Shots on goal – Seattle 15-11-7 33, Saskatoon 4-10-10 24. Goalies – Seattle, Toth 24 shots-21 saves (4-6-0-0); Saskatoon, Flodell 19-16, Hamm 14-13 (1-5-1-0). Power plays – Seattle 3-6; Saskatoon 0-4. A – 2,812. Referees – Adam Bloski, Kevin Shmyr. Linesmen – Andrew Sawatsky, Devan Thiessen.