T-birds win playoff opener in Kelowna
Luke Lockhart scored in overtime as the seventh-seeded Seattle Thunderbirds upset the second-seeded Kelowna Rockets 5-4 Friday night in...
KELOWNA, B.C. — Luke Lockhart scored in overtime as the seventh-seeded Seattle Thunderbirds upset the second-seeded Kelowna Rockets 5-4 Friday night in the opening game of their Western Hockey League playoff series.
Midway through the third period, Lockhart scored the equalizer to force overtime.
Riley Sheen, Roberts Lipsbergs and Jesse Forsberg also scored goals for Seattle. Forsberg, Lipsbergs and Connor Honey had two assists each.
Brandon Glover made 35 saves for the T-birds.
Kelowna goaltender Jordon Cooke stopped 45 of 50 shots.
Game 2 is Saturday night in Kelowna.
Everett 4, at Portland 3
Kohl Bauml scored twice in the third period and Austin Lotz made 55 saves as the eighth-seeded Everett Silvertips shocked the top-seeded Portland Winterhawks in Game 1 of their first-round WHL playoff series at the Rose Garden.
Game 2 is Saturday night in Portland.
The Silvertips snapped a 10-game playoff losing streak with their first win in Portland since 2010.
"My guys made it easier for me (with their defense)," Lotz told the Oregonian. "We kept them outside a lot, and I saw the pucks.
"We've got to make sure we play exactly the same way (Saturday) and outwork them. Just keep doing what we did tonight."
Cole MacDonald and Joshua Winquist scored second-period goals to give Everett a 2-1 lead.
Bauml's first goal made it 3-1 early in the third period. His second goal made it 4-2 at the 12:46 mark.