Bateman scores first career WHL goal in 5-4 shootout win over Red Deer
RED DEER, AB, October 25, 2019 — Simon Kubicek scored the game-winning goal in a shootout Friday night at Westerner Park Centrium to give the Seattle Thunderbirds a 5-4 shootout win over the Red Deer Rebels.
This was the first of three games in the Central Division. The T-Birds second game in Alberta is Saturday against the Edmonton Oil Kings at 6pm at Rogers Place. They face the Calgary Hitmen on Monday at 5pm.
Andrej Kukuca and Matthew Wedman were the T-Birds first two shooters and they were both stopped by Red Deer goalie Ethan Anders.
Seattle goalie Roddy Ross was up to the task and stopped Red Deer’s first two shooters, Brett Davis and Cameron Hausinger.
During the first intermission on the T-Birds radio broadcast on 1090 KJR play-by-play voice Thom Beuning interviewed former T-Birds captain Dustin Johner. Johner was the T-Birds captain for three seasons from 2001 to 2004. Johner retired after last season after a 16-year professional career. He lives in Sylvan Lake, Alberta, which is near Red Deer, and was seeing his first T-Birds game since he last played with the team in 2004. Listen to Thom’s interview with Dustin.
The Rebels went in front 2-1 on a power-play goal by Cameron Sedoff at 1:26 of the second period.
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 2019-20 season.
First period – 1, Red Deer, Sakowich 3 (Hausinger, Davis), 10:30. 2, Seattle, Davidson 2 (Rybinski, Wedman), 11:55. Penalties – Ciona, Sea (high-sticking), 4:00. Wedman, Sea (hooking), 19:58.
Third period – 5, Seattle, Bateman 1, 5:17. 6, Seattle, Rybinski 1 (Wedman), 6:38. 7, Red Deer, Smith 4 (Davis), 15:56. 8, Red Deer, Smith 5 (Tarzwell, Sakowich), 16:10. Penalties – Bruggen-Cate, Sea (interference), :55. Bauer, Sea (unsportsmanlike conduct), 5:29. Davis, RD (unsportsmanlike conduct), 5:29. Hausinger, RD (kneeing), 16:44.
Overtime – No scoring. Penalties – No penalties.
Shootout – Seattle 1 (Kukuca NG, Wedman NG, Kubicek G). Red Deer 0 (Davis NG, Hausinger NG, Smith NG).
Shots on goal – Seattle 13-8-17-2 40, Red Deer 17-6-10-3 36. Goalies – Seattle, Ross 36 shots-32 saves (4-3-2-1); Red Deer, Anders 40-36 (4-6-0-1). Power plays – Seattle 0-4; Red Deer 1-4. Referees – Chris Crich, Jordan Lightbown. Linesmen – Mike Roberts, Chance Sundquist.