T-Birds Battle Through Hurricanes In Overtime

Erica Perreaux

Mount scores in overtime for 5-4 win over Lethbridge

LETHBRIDGE, AB, January 3, 2020 — The hard work of Henrik Rybinski set up the overtime game-winning goal by Payton Mount Friday night at the Enmax Centre in Lethbridge, Alberta.

Rybinski battled two Lethbridge players for the puck along the right wall in the offensive zone. Rybinski was able to push the puck towards the slot and then chased after it. Rybinski got the puck, took a stride and then dropped it to Mount. Mount beat Lethbridge Hurricanes goalie Bryan Thomson at 1:50 of overtime on the glove side to give the Seattle Thunderbirds a 5-4 victory.

Rybinski had a goal and two assists in the game and has four goals and six assists in his last four games.

Conner Bruggen-Cate and Keltie Jeri-Leon each had a goal and an assist in the game. Bruggen-Cate has four goals and four assists in the last four games and Jeri-Leon has four goals and five assists in the last five games.

This was the first of three games in the Central Division for the T-Birds. They play the Medicine Hat Tigers on Saturday at 6:30pm and the Swift Current Broncos on Sunday at 2pm.

T-Birds next home game at accesso ShoWare Center is Saturday, January 11, against the Everett Silvertips at 6:05pm in our annual Fred Meyer Teddy Bear Toss presented by WARM 106.9 FM. Single game tickets are on sale online on the T-Birds website and at the accesso ShoWare Center box office.

Max Patterson watches his shot go into the net to tie the game 4-4.

Seattle came back from a goal down in the middle of the third period when Max Patterson tied the game 4-4 at 12:50. Cade McNelly made a very good play to keep the puck in the offensive zone at the left point. McNelly skated into the slot and put a backhand shot on goal. The puck rebounded off Thomson and went around the left wall. Bruggen-Cate got the puck and fed Lucas Ciona, who was covering for a pinching McNelly, at the left point. Ciona took slap shot with McNelly screening Thomson. The shot came to Patterson to the left of the net and he banged it past the prone goalie for his fifth goal of the season.

Seattle goalie Roddy Ross had 25 saves and his record is now 11-14-2-1.

Lethbridge went in front 1-0 at 3:16 of the first period on a goal from Chase Wheatcroft.

Seattle tied the game 1-1 at 7:39 of the first on the power play. Jeri-Leon passed the puck to Andrej Kukuca at the mid-point. Kukuca held the puck then moved it to Rybinski in the left circle. Rybinski one-timed the pass and beat Thomson over the blocker going bar down.

The Hurricanes took a 2-1 lead on a power-play goal by Zack Stringer at 12:30 of the first.

Bruggen-Cate tied the game 2-2 with 15 seconds left in the first with a nice unassisted goal. Bruggen-Cate gathered the puck in the left circle of the defensive zone and headed up ice. Bruggen-Cate deked a forward at the center line and then drove wide on the defenseman. From the left circle Bruggen-Cate beat Thomson with a hard wrist shot into the top right corner of the net.

Keltie Jeri-Leon gave their first lead of the game at 3:14 of the second period. Rybinski held the puck along the right boards as his team changed lines. Two Hurricane defenseman collapsed on Rybinski and he backhanded the puck to Jeri-Leon coming into the zone. Jeri-Leon skated into the right circle and beat Thomson over the glove for his team leading 13th goal of the season.

Justin Hall tied the game 3-3 for Lethbridge at 11:13 of the second.

The Hurricanes took a 4-3 lead at 13:15 of the second on a five-on-three power-play goal by Logan Barlage.

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, Lethbridge, Wheatcroft 4 (Wilson, Hall), 3:16. 2, Seattle, Rybinski 9 (Kukuca, Jeri-Leon), 7:39 (pp). 3, Lethbridge, Stringer 5 (Wilson, Wheatcroft), 12:30 (pp). 4, Seattle, Bruggen-Cate 8, 19:45.Penalties – McNelly, Sea (checking to the head), :21. Barlage, Let (interference), 7:00. Ashton, Sea (kneeing), 10:57. Wilson, Let (tripping), 14:05.

Second period – 5, Seattle, Jeri-Leon 13 (Rybinski), 3:14. 6, Lethbridge, Hall 10 (Wheatcroft, Barlage), 11:13. 7, Lethbridge, Barlage 14 (Cotton, Hall), 13:15 (pp). Penalties – Thurston, Let (hooking), 4:40. McNelly, Sea (roughing), 8:23. Davidson, Sea (holding), 11:57. Bauer, Sea (boarding), 12:28.

Third period – 8, Seattle, Patterson 5 (Ciona, Bruggen-Cate), 12:50. Penalties – Wheatcroft, Let (slashing), 4:15. Jeri-Leon, Sea (hooking), 4:30.

 Overtime – 9, Seattle, Mount 9 (Rybinski), 1:50. Penalties – No penalties.

Shots on goal – Seattle 9-7-12-2 30, Lethbridge 10-11-8-0 29. Goalies – Seattle, Ross 29 shots-25 saves (11-14-2-1); Lethbridge, Thomson 30-25 (10-4-1-0). Power plays – Seattle 1-4; Lethbridge 2-6. Referees – Chris Crich, Bryce Sebastian. Linesmen – Aidan Henderson, Matt Schoenroth.

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