Owen Williams scored 1:32 into overtime Wednesday night at the Toyota Center to put the Seattle Thunderbirds into the 2019 WHL Playoffs with a 6-5 win over the Tri-City Americans.
The T-Birds have secured the second wild card playoff spot in the Western Conference. Neither the Kamloops Blazers, who won Wednesday, or the Kelowna Rockets, who lost in overtime Wednesday, can catch the T-Birds in the standings.
Seattle will play either the Vancouver Giants or the Everett Silvertips in the first round of the playoffs. Vancouver leads the Western Conference with 98 points, two points ahead of the Silvertips. The Giants end the season with a home-and-home series against the Rockets and the Silvertips finish the season with a home-and-home series against the Victoria Royals.
The T-Birds know Game 3 of the first round against either Vancouver or Everett will be Tuesday, March 26, at accesso ShoWare Center at 7:05pm.