T-birds fall in OT; Game 7 Wednesday night | WHL playoffs
Kelowna roars back to even series on Bell's goal in OT
Special to The Seattle Times
KENT — Brandon Glover gave a heroic effort, but it wasn't quite enough as the Kelowna Rockets scored a 4-3 win in overtime to pull even with the Seattle Thunderbirds.
After winning three straight games in overtime, the underdog T-birds now go to Kelowna to play Game 7 on Wednesday night with their Western Hockey League series tied at three games apiece.
Glover made 56 saves in the game, but Myles Bell scored 10:39 into overtime to give the decision to Kelowna.
"It was just a pretty good shot," Glover said of Bell's fourth goal of the opening-round series. "It looked like he was going to toe-drag around the D man but he got off a quick shot and put it over my glove ... he kind of caught me off guard."
Glover said there was no time to dwell on the loss, not with Game 7 set to start in less than 24 hours.
"There are a lot of positives we can take out of this game," Glover said. "Obviously we were really close to closing it out there, but tomorrow we get another shot. We didn't win, but we're still in it."
After Cody Fowlie opened the scoring for Kelowna, Seattle scored three straight goals to lead 3-1 in the first period. Connor Sanvido, Adam Kambietz and Luke Lockhart scored as the T-birds put the puck in the net on three of their first four shots.
The Rockets came back on a goal by Tyrell Goulbourne and Fowlie's second goal of the game.
In a game with only three penalties, Seattle had to withstand a five-minute Kelowna man advantage after Justin Hickman was called for a five-minute major. The T-birds — a No. 7 playoff seed — managed that, but did not score on either of its two power-play chances and are now 0 for 24 in the series.
"We just have to put that game behind us," Glover said. "Before this series began, if we'd have known we just had to steal a Game 7, we'd have taken that every time. We just have to look at the positives."
Seattle coach Steve Konowalchuk liked his team's effort.
"We fought hard and had some chances in overtime, and things just didn't go our way," Konowalchuk said.
Seattle's Luke Lockhart had a shot hit both posts but not go in during the extra period.