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Team Blue Defeats Team White in Future Showcase Game

Brian Liesse

Annual Blue White Game to end Training Camp at 6pm at accesso ShoWare Center

KENT, August 24, 2019 — Team Blue defeated Team White 6-2 Saturday afternoon in the Future Showcase Game at accesso ShoWare Center.

The Future Showcase game featured 2003 and 2004 born T-Birds prospects.

The annual Blue White Game that ends Training Camp starts at 6pm at accesso ShoWare Center and is open to the public free of charge. This game features T-Birds veterans and prospects in a full length 60-minute game. Teams will be wearing T-Birds blue and white jerseys.

Andrew Beres gave White a 1-0 lead at 2:02 of the first period off the rush. Beres came down the left wing and beat Blue goalie Matthew Malin. Aidan Beck had the only assist.

Beres’ goal came just after White goalie Kaden Toussaint stopped a four-on-on Blue break with a left pad save.

Blue tied the game 1-1 at 9:37 of the first. Mateo Mrsic fed the puck from behind net to Tate Schofer in the low left circle. Schofer beat Toussaint over the glove.

Blue went in front 2-1 at 15:59 of the first. Daniel Rosenfeld took a wrist shot from the left point with traffic in front of Toussaint. The puck deflected behind the White net where Daniel McCarragher got to it. McCarragher found Owen Kim in the slot and he went high on the goalie.

Blue outshot White 17-11 in the first period.

Mrsic scored at 6:14 of the second period to make it a 3-1 Blue lead. Schofer and Nico Myatovic had the assists.

Midway through the second period the teams changed goalies. James Venne replaced Malin, who had 15 saves on 16 shots, in Blue’s net. Kael DePape replaced Toussaint, who had 19 saves on 23 shots, in White’s net.

Daniel McGarragher set up Blue’s fourth goal at 9:26 of the second. McGarragher backhanded the puck from the right of the net into the crease. Defenseman Daniel Rosenfeld had pinched down and put the puck past DePape for the goal. Simon Rokhlin’s shot hit DePape’s pad and went to McGarragher.

Carter Yarish made it a 5-1 Blue lead at 14:21 of the second. Yarish took a pass from Spencer Penner on the right wing and skated into the offensive zone. Yarish toe-dragged around a White defenseman, cut through the low slot and beat the goalie with a backhand shot high.

White cut the Blue lead to three at 14:49 of the second. Connor Gourley skated hard down the right wing, powered to the net and made Venne make a left pad save. Reid Schaefer was chasing the play and he put the rebound past Venne. Vlad Severin had the second assist with the up-ice pass to Gourley on the right wing.

Blue outshot White 12-9 in the second period and led 29-20 in total shots after two periods.

White pulled DePape with 1:56 left in the game. Blue’s Tyler Dodgson scored an unassisted empty-net goal with 57 seconds left in the game.

Blue outshot White 38-29 in the game.

Venne made 11 saves on 12 shots for Blue and DePape had 13 saves on 14 shots for White.

The Thunderbirds will play six exhibition games prior to the start of the 2019-2020 regular season.

The T-Birds start the preseason at the Delta Hotels Preseason Classic in Everett. They will play their first game at the Classic against the Vancouver Giants on Friday, August 30, at 11:30am. Classic play will continue the following day as the T-Birds face the Tri-City Americans on August 31 1 at 3pm. The Classic ends for the T-Birds on Sunday, September 1, as they play the Everett Silvertips at 7pm.

Preseason play continues for the T-Birds at the Red Lion Hotels’ Preseason Tournament at the Toyota Center in Kennewick. The T-Birds will begin the tournament on Friday, September 6, against the Tri-City Americans at 7:05pm. Tournament play will conclude on Saturday, September 7 with a matchup against the Portland Winterhawks at 3pm.

The T-Birds wrap up preseason play with a home game against the Everett Silvertips on Tuesday, September 10, at 7:05pm at accesso ShoWare Center.

The T-Birds start the 2019-20 Western Hockey League regular season against the Kamloops Blazers on Saturday, September 21, at 6:05pm at accesso ShoWare Center.

T-Birds single game tickets for the 2019-20 regular season will go on sale Wednesday, August 21, at 10am online on the T-Birds website and at the accesso ShoWare Center box office.

Season Tickets for 2019-20 season are currently on sale. Season tickets can be purchased by calling the T-Birds office at 253-239-7825.

SCORING SUMMARY

First period – 1, White, Beres 1 (Beck), 7:07. 2, Blue, Schofer 1 (Mrsic), 9:37. 3, Blue, McCarragher 1 (Kim, Rosenfeld), 15:59. Penalties – Kenny, Whi (interference), 2:02.

Second period – 4, Blue, Mrsic 1 (Schofer, Myatovic), 6:14. 5, Blue, Rosenfeld 1 (McCarragher, Rokhlin), 9:26. 6, Blue, Yarish 1 (Penner), 7, White, Schaefer 1 (Gourley), 14:49. Penalties – Gourley, Whi (hooking), 10:06.

Third period – 8, Blue, Dodgson 1, 19:03 (en). Penalties – Shaw, Blu (high-sticking), 17:37.

Shots on goal – White 11-9-9 29, Blue 17-12-9 38. Goalies – White, Kaden Toussaint 23 shots-19 Saves, Kael DePape 14-13; Blue, Matthew Malin 16-15, James Venne 12-11. Power plays – White 0-0; Blue 0-2.

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