Seattle Thunderbirds captain Scott Eansor
KENT, November 22, 2016 – The Seattle Thunderbirds defeated the Edmonton Oil Kings 5-2 Tuesday night in front of 5,006 fans at ShoWare Center.
The T-Birds play the Everett Silvertips Wednesday at 7:05pm at Xfinity Arena in Everett.
Jarret Tyszka, Scott Eansor, Donovan Neuls and Sami Moilanen each had a goal and an assist in the game. Nolan Volcan had two assists.
Seattle (11-8-1-1) took a 1-0 lead 2:26 into the first period on Tyszka’s first goal of the season. Neuls worked the puck up the left boards to Tyszka at the left point. Tyszka took a wrist shot with traffic in front of Edmonton goalie Patrick Dea. Tyszka’s shot beat Dea on the blocker side. Matthew Wedman had the second assist.
The T-Birds made it a 2-0 lead at 6:29 of the first four seconds after a power play ended. Volcan skated the puck down the right boards and then backhanded the puck to Neuls in the slot. Neuls beat Dea with a wrist shot over the glove. Tyszka had the second assist.
Eansor gave the T-Birds a 3-0 lead with 10 seconds left in the first period. Keegan Kolesar raced to a loose puck along the rights boards in the Seattle zone. Kolesar chipped the puck up the ice where Ryan Gropp got to it. Gropp came into the Edmonton zone on a two-on-one with Eansor. Gropp passed the puck to Eansor who beat Dea over the glove.
Seattle outshot Edmonton 13-9 in the first period.
The T-Birds led in shots 24-16 after two periods by outshooting the Oil Kings 11-7 in the second period.
Reece Harsch scored 1:18 into the third period to put the T-Birds in front 4-0. Volcan passed the puck from the right boards to Harsch at the right point. Harsch put a wrist shot on goal with traffic in front of Dea. Harsch’s shot beat Dea on the glove side. Sami Moilanen had the second assist.
Edmonton (10-11-2-0) got on the board at 10:20 of the third on a wraparound goal from Tyler Robertson. Ty Gerla and Adam Berg had the assists.
The Oil Kings scored 1:01 after their first goal to make it a two-goal lead for the T-Birds. Brayden Gorda got the goal unassisted.
Edmonton pulled Dea for an extra attacker with 1:20 left in the game.
Moilanen sealed the win with an empty-net goal at 19:02 of the third. Eansor and Turner Ottenbreit had the assists.
Seattle outshot Edmonton 13-9 in the third period and 37-25 in the game.
Seattle goalie Rylan Toth made 23 saves on 25 shots to improve his record to 9-8-1-0.
They travel to Kennewick to play the Tri-City Americans on Friday at 7:05pm. They are back at ShoWare Center on Saturday at 7:05pm to play the Victoria Royals.