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Game 12 vs. Brandon Recap

I had to leave the game early last night due to my own game in Everett... and boy did I miss one heck of a finish (sarcasm again). Thunderbirds lose last night 5-2 to the visiting Wheat Kings and suffer their first regulation loss at home (bound to happen).

Scott Jackson was a scratch and was seen with crutches in the arena. No word from the team on the severity of his injury yet. With two defensemen now in the stands (Schappert, Jackson) the team is a little short on experienced D men.

Sena Acolatse converted a second period Power Play goal for his first career WHL goal. Congrats to Sena.

Unfortunately for Seattle, they just appeared to run out of gas on a 3 games in 3 days weekend. I really like the fact that Thomas Hickey refused to allow that as an excuse (like a good captain should). Let's face facts though, Seattle has played fewer games than anyone in the WHL and this was their first 3 game weekend with a trip to Spokane wedged in between.

I still feel as though they would have been better of starting Helenius in Spokane and DeSerres on Sunday, but Helenius was certainly not the problem after doing a tremendous job keeping Brandon to only 1 goal in the 1st period.

Tbirds drop to 6-3-3, 15 pts, .625. This puts them 4th in the division by points but 3rd on point percentage (which is a better gauge). This also leaves them 5th in the conference.

Seattle is off until next weekend when they will play another 3 games in 3 days. Next weekend will be a big indication of how this team can bounce back as they are on the road in Spokane Friday before returning home for Tri City and Spokane on Saturday and Sunday.

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