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Originally published March 16, 2014 at 8:56 PM | Page modified March 16, 2014 at 11:30 PM

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Seattle, Everett open WHL playoffs Saturday

T-birds earn fourth seed and home-ice advantage against Silvertips. This will be the first playoff series between the teams.


The Seattle Thunderbirds are the fourth seed in the Western Conference playoffs after they beat the Tri-City Americans 6-1 at the Toyota Center and the Portland Winterhawks beat the Everett Silvertips 5-4 in a shootout Sunday night.

Seattle (41-25-2-4) and Everett (39-23-7-3) both have 88 points, but Seattle has more total victories.

The T-birds and Silvertips open their best-of-seven series at 7:05 p.m. Saturday at ShoWare Center.

Game 2 is at Everett at 4:05 p.m. Sunday. Game 3 is at 7:05 p.m. March 25 at Seattle and Game 4 is at 7:35 p.m. March 28 at Everett.

This will be the first time the T-birds and Silvertips have met in a playoff series since Everett joined the WHL as an expansion team in the 2003-04 season.

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