Noah Philp tied up a faceoff in the right corner of the T-Birds zone. Owen Williams picked up the puck and weaved up ice. Williams crossed the blue line on the right wing and dropped the puck for Rybinski. Rybinski carried it down the right wing and then stickhandled through a Kelowna defenseman in the right circle and came in alone on Kelowna goalie Roman Basran. Rybinski beat Basran with a backhand shot over the goalie’s right shoulder.
Rybinski has a goal and 12 assists in 12 games with the T-Birds since being acquired from the Medicine Hat Tigers on January 4.
Roddy Ross had a solid game in net stopping 26 of 28 shots to improve his record to 6-1-0-1.
The T-Birds have registered a point in nine of their last 10 games and finish January with an 8-3-1-1 record.
Seattle improved to 19-22-5-1 and are two points ahead of the Kamloops Blazers in the second wild card playoff spot in the Western Conference. They are nine points behind the Spokane Chiefs and Tri-City Americans who are tied for third place in the US Division.
Kelowna (20-24-4-1) took a 1-0 lead at 8:09 of the first period on a goal from Mark Liwiski. Alex Swetlikoff had the only assist.
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First period – 1, Kelowna, Liwiski 5 (Swetlikoff), 8:03. 2, Seattle, Wedman 22 (Richards), 19:06. Penalties – Wedman, Sea (cross checking), 4:18. Mattson, Kel (kneeing), 9:29. Basran, Kel (high-sticking served by Wong), 15:28.
Second period – 3, Kelowna, Crosbie 6, 15:02 (sh). 4, Seattle, Bauer 2 (Kukuca, Philp), 19:15. Penalties – McNelly, Sea (major-fighting), 12:35. Higson, Kel (major-fighting), 12:35. Topping, Kel (tripping), 14:27. Carpendale, Sea (roughing), 19:36. Lee, Sea (roughing), 19:36. Foote, Kel (roughing), 19:36. Korczak, Kel (roughing), 19:36.
Third period – No scoring. Penalties – Williams, Sea (hooking), 13:34. Richards, Sea (roughing), 14:01.