Wednesday, May 11, 2016

WHL Championship: Thunderbirds stay alive

The Seattle Thunderbirds extended their season with a convincing 6-1 win in game 4 against the Brandon Wheat Kings. Brandon now leads the series 3-1.

The Thunderbirds got the first goal of the contest just over 7 minutes in. New York Rangers prospect Ryan Gropp finished off a pretty passing play from the right side to make it 1-0, his 5th of the post season.

The T-Birds took the one goal lead into the second and after Brandon had some great pressure and chances to tie it up, Seattle broke out on a 2 on 1. Alexander True took a pass from Cavin Leth and gave the Thunderbirds the 2-0 lead, the first 2 goal lead for either side in the series. Moments later Leth connected with True again and it was 3-0 Seattle. True with his 4th and 5th goals of the playoffs and it was 3-0 after 40.

In the final period Ryan Gropp picked up his second of the night at just shy of the midway point and it was 4-0 Thunderbirds. Donovan Neuls got in on the scoring with a powerplay goal for his 5th at 12:07 to make it 5-0 The Wheat Kings then took two minors and Ethan Bear made it 6-0 on a slap shot from the point on the 5 on 3 PP. Jayce Hawryluk got one late for Brandon but Seattle took the victory 6-1 and now trail the series 3 games to 1.

Game 5 of the WHL Championship is Friday in Seattle.

Elsewhere the London Knights advanced to the Memorial Cup for the 4th time in 5 years, completing the sweep of the Niagra IceDogs on Wednesday night for the OHL Championship.

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