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Originally published January 14, 2014 at 10:30 PM | Page modified January 14, 2014 at 10:32 PM

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Thunderbirds shut out Spokane, 1-0, in overtime


Ryan Gropp scored on the Seattle Thunderbirds’ only shot of overtime and Taran Kozun recorded a shutout in his debut in a 1-0 victory over the Spokane Chiefs before 4,011 at Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena on Tuesday night.

In an evenly played game that appeared headed for a shootout, Gropp entered the Chiefs’ zone on the right wing and then stopped in the right circle. Gropp put a wrist shot on goal that Spokane goaltender Eric Williams initially stopped.

The puck slid through the goalie though and slowly trickled across the goal line with just 45 seconds left in overtime.

Williams had stopped all 22 previous Seattle shots.

Kozun made 28 saves — eight apiece in the first three periods — and stopped four overtime shots.

He was acquired Friday from the Kamloops Blazers in exchange for defenseman Austin Douglas, goalie Justin Myles and a fourth-round pick in the 2015 Bantam Draft.

Kozun, a 19-year-old, played in 29 games for the Blazers this season, going 5-19-2-1 with a 3.95 goals-against average and a .897 save percentage.

The T-Birds will take on the Tri-City Americans on Friday at the ShoWare Center at 7:35 p.m.

From sports-information reports.

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