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T-Birds Earn Point With Comeback But Fall To Winterhawks In Overtime

Matthew Wolfe

Kubicek and Wedman each score in 3-2 overtime loss to Portland

PORTLAND, January 26, 2019 — The Seattle Thunderbirds scored two goals in the last 20 seconds Saturday night against the Portland Winterhawks at Veterans Memorial Arena force overtime and earn a point in the US Division Standings.

Portland’s Seth Jarvis was tripped up cutting to the net from the left circle at 2:19 of overtime and much to the disagreement of the T-Birds coaching staff, was awarded a penalty shot by the referees.

Jarvis scored on the penalty shot to give the Winterhawks a 3-2 win in overtime.

Seattle (17-22-5-1) cut the Winterhawks lead to one goal at 19:40 of the third period with goalie Cole Schwebius on the bench for an extra attacker. Andrej Kukuca passed the puck from the left wall up to Jarret Tyszka at the left point. Tyszka crossed the puck to Simon Kubicek at the right point. Kubicek skated in a beat Portland goalie Joel Hofer with a hard wrist shot.

Schwebius stayed on the bench after the Kubicek goal and the T-Birds won the ensuing faceoff. Tyszka gained the offensive zone and found Matthew Wedman on the left wing. Wedman took a shot from the goal line that Hofer stopped. Henrik Rybinski was on top of the crease and backhanded the puck through his legs to Tyszka in the left circle. Tyszka crossed the puck to Wedman as he had circled the Portland net and was in the right circle. Wedman one-timed the pass from Tyszka and beat Hofer low on the glove side with two seconds left in the game.

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Cole Schwebius making one of his 38 saves Saturday night in Portland.

Schwebius was very good in net for the T-Birds stopping 38 of 41 shots.

The T-Birds play the Kamloops Blazers on Sunday at 5:05pm at accesso ShoWare Center. The Blazers are one point ahead of the T-Birds for the second wild card playoff spot in the Western Conference.

Portland (29-13-3-2) took a 1-0 lead at 16:48 of the first period on a goal by Lane Gilliss. Robbie Fromm-Delorme and Matthew Quigley had the assists.

The Winterhawks went in front 2-0 at 16:41 of the second period on a goal from Robbie Fromm-Delorme. Gilliss had the only assist.

Portland outshot Seattle 41-23 in the game.

Hofer had 21 saves on 23 shots.

Single game tickets are on sale online on the T-Birds website and at the accesso ShoWare Center box office.

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.

SCORING SUMMARY

First period – 1, Portland, Gilliss 10 (Fromm-Delorme, Quigley), 16:48. Penalties – Paterson, Por (holding opponents stick), 3:28. Davidson, Sea (tripping), 9:33. Philp, Sea (high-sticking), 18:10.

Second period – 2, Portland, Fromm-Delorme 3 (Gilliss), 16:41. Penalties – Hanus, Por (holding), 4:08. Tyszka, Sea (roughing), 5:54. Newkirk, Por (roughing), 5:54. Quigley, Por (tripping), 6:59. Tyszka, Sea (holding), 13:57. Lee, Sea (holding), 18:42.

Third period – 3, Seattle, Kubicek 8 (Tyszka, Kukuca), 19:40. 4, Seattle, Wedman 19 (Tyszka, Rybinski), 19:58. Penalties – Newkirk, Por (roughing), 6:02. Carpendale, Sea (roughing), 7:22. Quigley, Por (roughing), 7:22. Hanus, Por (tripping), 10:58. Kubicek, Sea (boarding), 15:55. De Jong, Por (roughing), 15:55. Richards, Sea (interference, 10-minute misconduct), 15:55. Fromm-Delorme, Por (hooking), 18:49. Philp, Sea (tripping), 19:20.

Overtime – 5, Portland, Jarvis 23, 2:19 (pen). Penalties – Ashton, Sea (tripping), 2:19.

Shots on goal – Seattle 6-5-12-0 23, Portland 17-18-5-1 41. Goalies – Seattle, Schwebius 41 shots-38 saves (3-5-2-0); Portland, Hofer 23-21 (7-21-2-1). Power plays – Seattle 0-6; Portland 0-6. A – 6,691. Referees – Chris Crich, Sean Raphael. Linesmen – Trevor Beaton, Brett Mackey.

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