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T-Birds Race Past Swift Current

Brian Liesse

Jeri-Leon has two goals in 4-2 win over Broncos

SWIFT CURRENT, SK, January 5, 2020 — Keltie Jeri-Leon, Andrej Kukuca and Conner Roulette each had two points Sunday afternoon at the Innovation Credit Union I-plex to help lead the Seattle Thunderbirds to a 4-2 win over the Swift Current Broncos.

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.

Seattle goalie Roddy Ross had 27 saves and improves his record to 12-14-2-1.

Swift Current took a 1-0 lead at 7:06 of the first period on a power-play goal by Aiden Bulych.

Seattle tied the game just over a minute after Swift Current’s opening goal. Conner Bruggen-Cate took a pass from Matthew Rempe and skated into the left circle. Bruggen-Cate took a shot that missed the net and rimmed around the boards to Kukuca on the right wall. Kukuca took a shot from a sharp angle and beat Swift Current goalie Isaac Poulter.

It was Kukuca’s fourth goal in two games as he had a hat trick Saturday in Medicine Hat. Bruggen-Cate now has a six-game point streak with four goals and seven assists in the last six games. Rempe has a two-game assist streak.

The T-Birds took a 2-1 lead at 2:14 of the second period. Kukuca passed the puck to Ryan Gottfried in the left circle. Gottfried held the puck and then took a shot with Roulette in front of Poulter. Roulette tipped the puck past Poulter for his 12th goal of the season.

Jeri-Leon gave the T-Birds a two-goal lead at 3:15 of the third period. Owen Williams passed the puck up the left wing to Roulette who entered the zone. Roulette centered the puck for a trailing Jeri-Leon. Jeri-Leon beat Poulter with a wrist shot over the glove from the slot for his 14th goal of the season.

Jaxan Kaluski scored for Swift Current at 15:06 of the third to cut the T-Birds lead to 3-2.

Swift Current pulled Poulter with 1:32 left in the game for an extra attacker. Jeri-Leon sealed the win when he hit the empty net with 1:21 left in the game. Max Patterson and Payton Mount assisted on the goal.

Seattle was called for a delay of game penalty with 40 seconds left and had to win the game on the penalty kill. Poulter was pulled a second time but the T-Birds defense and Ross held the Broncos from getting a third goal.

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.

SCORING SUMMARY

First period – 1, Swift Current, A. Bulych 9 (Kaluski, K. Bulych), 7:06 (pp). 2, Seattle, Kukuca 15 (Bruggen-Cate, Rempe), 8:08. Penalties – Rempe, Sea (interference), 5:15. Nagy, SC (10-minute misconduct), 18:34. McNelly, Sea (interference), 19:16.

Second period – 3, Seattle, Roulette 12 (Gottfried, Kukuca), 2:14. Penalties – A. Bulych, SC (high-sticking), 4:38. Wood, SC (interference), 9:06. Gottfried, Sea (roughing), 13:24.

Third period – 4, Seattle, Jeri-Leon 14 (Roulette, Williams), 3:15. 5, Swift Current, Kaluski 9 (Ostir), 15:06. 6, Seattle, Jeri-Leon 15 (Patterson, Mount), 18:39 (en). Penalties – Patterson, Sea (hooking), 5:23. Alkhimov, SC (tripping), 6:59. Rybinski, Sea (delay of game), 19:20.

Shots on goal – Seattle 12-11-14 37, Swift Current 18-9-4 29. Goalies – Seattle, Ross 29 shots-27 saves (12-14-2-1); Swift Current, Poulter 36-33 (8-17-1-1). Power plays – Seattle 0-3; Swift Current 1-5. Referees – Jordan Lightbown, Bob Millette. Linesmen – Sean Dufour, Greg Sarauer.

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