Seattle Thunderbirds knock off closest WHL playoff challenger
Thunderbirds put away Prince George 6-1
KENT — The Seattle Thunderbirds had a rare easy victory Tuesday night in Western Hockey League play, and did it against their closest challengers for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference.
In the ShoWare Center, the Thunderbirds jumped on Prince George early and late in a 6-1 victory.
The triumph puts Seattle at 19-29-2-1 and holding the eighth playoff spot. The Cougars fall to 15-29-2-4.
In less than a half-minute, Seattle got on the board on a goal by Luke Lockhart, his 15th of the season. Shea Theodore had two first-period goals as Seattle took a 3-0 lead.
In the third period, Griffin Foulk, Justin Hickman and Connor Honey scored for Seattle, which had a 38-30 advantage in shots. Seattle's Alexander Delnov had three assists.
Portland 6, at Everett 0
The Winterhawks (40-7-1-2) didn't waste any time in showing their dominance against the Silvertips (21-28-1-2).
Portland scored four goals in the first eight minutes, and had a 14-4 shot advantage in the first period.
Ty Rattie had two goals for the visitors, while Troy Rutkowski, Presten Kopeck, Nicolas Petan and Taylor Leier each had one score.
• Makenzie Brandon, a 5-foot-11 junior out of Seattle Academy, earned her fifth Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference player of the week award after setting a league and school scoring mark with 54 points in Occidental's victory last week over La Verne. Two nights after scoring 54 points, she posted 19 points and had 18 rebounds against Chapman. She averaged 36.5 points and 16 rebounds against two teams that have a combined 13-6 league record.
• Idaho's Alyssa Charlston, a junior post out of Eastlake High in Sammamish, was named the player of the week in the Western Athletic Conference. Charlston posted her seventh double-double of the season with 14 points and a season-high 17 rebounds at Texas State. She followed it up with 11 points, six rebounds and a career-high-tying five blocks against Texas-San Antonio.
From league reports.