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Tbirds continue to roll, beat Bruins

Seattle rolls on tonight beating Chilliwack 4-1. It might have come at a high price as Ian McKenzie left the game in the 2nd period with an apparent leg injury.

Seattle started the game with some great fire and it paid off when David Richard just flew by both Bruin defenders and scored 5 hole to give Seattle the lead.

That seemed to wake up the Bruins as they really took the action back to Seattle in the next 5 minutes and managed to even the game at 1-1.

Seattle was able to take control of the game with the effort and intensity we have seen lately in the 2nd period as they scored twice and out shot the Bruins 14-8. The first of the two goals came on the extended Power Play after Partik Bhungal was given a 5 minute major for kneeing on McKenzie. Mac lay on the ice for several minutes before being helped off by teammates and trainer. We'll wait to see how severe the injury is. Seattle cannot afford to lose players and especially McKenzie at this stage of the season.

As a result.... at one point Seattle used 3 defensemen up from and had 5 D guys on the ice at one time.
Seattle tacked on a nifty Power Play goal in the 3rd period from Thomas Hickey on a sweet give and go with Bud Holloway. Seattle pretty much had the game in hand at that point and Hickey's marker iced the game.

Seattle is really starting to hit their stride here and losing McKenzie for the year or at least an extended period of time would be tough to overcome.

With the win Seattle moved back to within 3 points of the idle Kelowna Rockets for the 4th spot in the Western Conference. They still have 1 game in hand on the Rockets.

Let's Go Birds Three Stars of the Game:

1. David Richard. Goal and two assists for Richy and he is really starting to come on strong
2. Jim O'Brien. The eventual winner and added an assist. At times was the best player on the ice.
3. Jacob DeSerres. An overlooked night but he made 27 saves on 28 shots and was solid for the win.

Honorable Mention - Thomas Hickey, 1 goal and 1 assist. Benn Olson, 2 assists. Prab Rai, 1 goal and 1 assist.

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