Wedman, Richards, Rybinski each have three points in 5-2 win over Kamloops
KENT, January 27, 2019 — Matthew Wedman, Sean Richards and Henrik Rybinski each had three points Sunday night in front of 4,590 fans at accesso ShoWare Center to lead the Seattle Thunderbirds to a 5-2 win over the Kamloops Blazers.
The T-Birds move one point ahead of the Blazers for the second wild card playoff spot in the Western Conference.
Seattle plays the Everett Silvertips in a home-and-home series on Friday and Saturday. The teams are at accesso ShoWare Center on Friday at 7:35pm and then head to Angel of the Winds Arena on Saturday at 7:05pm.
Wedman had two goals and an assist, Richards had a goal and two assists, and Rybinski had three assists.
Seattle goalie Roddy Ross made 24 saves and improved his record to 5-1-0-1.
Seattle (18-22-5-1) jumped out to a 2-0 lead with two goals in the first seven minutes of the game.
Noah Philp intercepted a Kamloops pass just inside the blue line. Phil skated at the Kamloops goal but defensive pressure forced him to skate around the left circle. Philp stopped at the faceoff dot and came back at the goal and beat Kamloops goalie Dylan Garand with a wrist shot at 2:17 for his 19th goal of the season.
Wedman extended the lead to 4-1 at 8:07 of the second. Richards skated the puck up the left wing, cut into the high slot and put a backhand shot towards the net. Wedman tipped the puck past the outstretched right leg of Garand for his second goal of the night. Rybinski had the second assist.
The Blazers cut the lead to two goals at 18:13 of the second on a five-on-three power play goal by Connor Zary. Franklin and Orrin Centazzo had the assists.
Kamloops had three consecutive five-on-three power plays to end the second period and for the first 41 seconds of the third period. The T-Birds gave up the goal to Zary but killed off the second and third two-man advantages to gain momentum and bring the fans at accesso ShoWare Center to their feet.
Both teams had 11 shots on goal in the second period.
Richards made it a 5-2 lead at 14:33 of the third period. Richards took a pass from Rybinski and came down the right wing. Richards cut into the slot and beat Garand with a high backhand shot as Rybinski crashed into the net knocking it off it’s moorings. The play went to video review and was determined to be a good goal. Wedman had the second assist.
Seattle outshot Kamloops 12-9 in the third period and 38-26 in the game.
Garand made 33 saves on 38 shots and his record is 6-6-0-0.
The T-Birds are now taking orders for Flex-24 Ticket packages. Fans that purchase the 24-Flex Ticket Package will be able to select any available premium seat for any game, in any ticket combination, during the 2018-19 season.
First period – 1, Seattle, Philp 19, 2:17. 2, Seattle, Wedman 20 (Rybinski, Philp), 7:26 (pp). 3, Kamloops, Franklin 23 (Centazzo, Caller), 10:24 (pp). Penalties – Sopotyk, Kam (hooking), 2:17. Mohr, Kam (cross checking), 6:43. McNelly, Sea (roughing), 6:43. Onyebuchi, Kam (roughing), 6:43. Jeri-Leon, Sea (slashing), 9:42. Sopotyk, Kam (interference), 12:18. Zary, Kam (cross checking), 20:00.