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Another big win for the Birds

Seattle scores 3 goals in the 3rd period to defeat the Vancouver Giants last night 5-2. Is anyone else ready to jump on the bandwagon yet?

I consider Vancouver one of the best teams in the league and perhaps the toughest playoff matchup for Seattle and they rose to the challenge and won on the road.

Bud Holloway had two goals and so did Ian McKenzie in the win. Seattle was down 1-0 and came back with Power Play markers from IMac and Bud in the 2nd period to take a 2-1 lead. Vancouver then scored one of those goals that can sometimes prove to be a momentum killer when they scored the tying goal with just 5 seconds left in the 2nd period.

Seattle, however, was undeterred by the momentum shift and got goals from Holloway and McKenzie to take a 4-2 lead before Prab Rai sealed the game with the Empty Net goal for the final margin.

Seattle scored their two in the 3rd period on only 4 shots against losing goaltender Tyson Sexsmith. Tbirds had 5 total in the period including Rai's empty net goal.

With the win the Tbirds reduce their magic number for clinching the 4th seed to 3.5. In other words, Seattle needs to get to 92 points (Everett can only manage 91) to ensure 4th no matter what Everett does.

Problem is... Seattle plays Everett two more times and even if Seattle defeated Portland twice and Spokane (Sunday at home) they would still need 1 point out of the two meetings with Everett. This of course assumes that Everett wins their final 5 games (including the two with the Tbirds). To keep it simple, Seattle just needs to beat Portland twice and win one of the games against the Tips to secure the 4th spot.

With the way the boys are playing... does anyone think they couldn't go 4-1 or possibly 5-0 the rest of the way? The home game against Spokane would certainly be tough and the game at Everett will be tough as well. Don't discount the two games against Portland as they have played with a lot more pride lately and they will want desperately to not let Seattle sweep the entire season series.

Three Stars of the Game:

1. Holloway
2. Casey Pierro-Zabotel
3. McKenzie

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