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Wheat Kings Take 3-0 Series Lead With Overtime Win

True and Kolesar score in 3-2 overtime loss to Brandon

KENT, May 10, 2016 — The Brandon Wheat Kings defeated the Seattle Thunderbirds 3-2 in overtime Tuesday night at ShoWare Center in Game 3 of the WHL Championship.

Reid Duke scored the game-winning goal in overtime with a wrist shot from the slot 2:59 into the extra period. Mitch Wheaton had the only assist on the goal.

The Wheat Kings now have a 3-0 series lead. Brandon won both Game 1 and Game 2 in overtime by the score of 3-2.

Game 4 of the WHL Championship will be a White Out Wednesday game on May 11. The first 5,000 fans at Game 4 will receive a special, limited edition FREE T-Birds white t-shirt. The puck drops at 7:05pm at ShoWare Center for Game 4.

There are approximately 800 tickets left for Game 4 of the WHL Championship. Tickets for Game 4 are currently on sale on the T-Birds website and at the ShoWare Center box office. The ShoWare Center box office is open Monday through Friday 10 am to 5 pm.

Root Sports Northwest will be airing Games 3 and 4 of the series on a tape delay this week. Game 3 will be shown at 1:30am PT following the game. Game 4 will be shown at midnight following the game and again at 12:30am the next day, which is Friday, May 13.

Brandon took a 1-0 lead at 5:17 of the first period on a goal from John Quenneville. Macoy Erkamps and Tim McGauley had the assists.

Seattle struck for two power-play goals in 38 seconds to take a 2-1 lead. Alexander banged home a rebound on a five-on-three power play from the top of the crease at 12:27 of the first to tie the game. Mathew Barzal passed the puck from the high slot to Keegan Kolesar to the left of the goal. Kolesar took a shot that came right to True.

Kolesar made it a 2-1 lead at 13:05 of the first with a five-on-four power-play goal. Ethan Bear passed the puck to Barzal who carried it down the right boards. Barzal centered the puck to Kolesar in the slot. Kolesar beat Papirny with a wrist shot.

Brandon outshot Seattle 9-8 in the first period.

After two periods the Wheat Kings led 21-18 in shots by outshooting the T-Birds 12-10 in the second period.

Quenneville tied the game 2-2 at 8:38 of the third period. McGauley and Duke had the assists.

Brandon outshot Seattle 35-24 in the game.

Seattle goalie Landon Bow made 32 saves on 35 shots.

Papirny stopped 22 of 24 shots.

WHL Championship Schedule
Game 1 At Brandon 3, Seattle 2, OT
Game 2 At Brandon 3, Seattle 2, OT
Game 3 Brandon 3, at Seattle 2, OT
Game 4 Wednesday, May 11 at Seattle, 7:05pm
Game 5 Friday, May 13 at Seattle, 7:35pm*
Game 6 Sunday, May 15 at Brandon, 5pm*
Game 7 Monday, May 16 at Brandon, 5pm*
* if necessary
(all time PST)

SCORING SUMMARY

First period – 1, Brandon, Quenneville 14 (Erkamps, McGauley), 5:17. 2, Seattle, True 3 (Kolesar, Barzal), 12:27 (pp). 3, Seattle, Kolesar 7 (Barzal, Bear), 13:05 (pp). Penalties – Leth, Sea (major-fighting), 4:39. Campbell, Brn (major-fighting), 4:39. Schuldhaus, Sea (holding), 9:15. Quenneville, Brn (high-sticking), 11:37. Provorov, Brn (tripping), 12:04.

Second period – No scoring. Penalties – Ottenbreit, Sea (hooking), 3:51. Mattheos, Brn (high-sticking), 4:43. Clague, Brn (cross checking), 6:41. Volcan, Sea (cross checking),

Third period – 4, Brandon, Quenneville 15 (McGauley, Duke), 8:38. Penalties – Campbell, Brn (checking from behind), 9:28.

Overtime – 5, Brandon, Duke 8 (Wheaton), 2:59. Penalties – No penalties.

Shots on goal – Seattle 8-10-5-1 24, Brandon 9-12-11-3 35. Goalies – Seattle, Bow 35 shots-32 saves (12-4); Brandon, Papirny 24-22 (15-4). Power plays – Seattle 2-5; Brandon 0-3. A – 6,152. Referees – Derek Zalaski, Chris Crich. Linesmen – Bevan Mills, Mike Roberts.

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