T-birds triumph on overtime goal by Gallimore
Burke Gallimore scored with 15.6 seconds left in overtime to lift the T-birds over Everett 3-2.
Special to The Seattle Times
KENT — The Seattle Thunderbirds' season has been on life support for some time now but one goal in overtime suddenly gives them a little bit of hope.
Burke Gallimore, who missed Friday's 9-1 loss in Portland because of a death in his family, scored with 15.6 seconds left in overtime to lift the T-birds over Everett 3-2, a win that keeps Seattle's slim playoff hopes alive for another day.
The Thunderbirds remain in the Western Conference cellar with a 25-32-4-5 record and still need to climb over two teams to make it into the playoffs. The T-birds are three points behind Kamloops and Prince George, four behind Chilliwack and six behind Everett, 27-27-7-4.
The T-birds, who have six games left in the regular season, with four of them at home, won for the fifth time in the past six games at ShoWare Center.
Ryan Button, who had two assists for the T-birds, credited his teammates with showing extreme resilience after losing by eight on Friday night in Portland.
"This is a huge bounce back win for us," Button said. "It was disappointing for us to give them a point, but we really needed to get two."
The T-birds nearly won the game in the third period, but a goal was waved off when it was ruled Travis Toomey knocked in Brendan Dillon's shot from the point with his glove.
T-birds coach Rob Sumner said the video replay was inconclusive and three of the four officials on the ice thought they saw the puck go in off Toomey's glove. Sumner argued after a lengthy delay to review the video to no avail.
"We thought we had it won in regulation, but the extra point tonight was really big for us," Sumner said. "We know what we have to do and that is try to win every game we have left."
Seattle led 2-1 after the first period on goals by Brendan Dillon, his seventh, and Toomey, his 21st. Everett countered with the 12th goal of the season by Parker Stanfield.
Landon Ferraro, back in the lineup after suffering a hernia, tied it for Everett with his 10th goal at 5:30 of the second period.
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