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Seattle blasts Portland, faces Kelowna in the first round

Well... the matchup we have been waiting?/dreading? will not happen as Kelowna beat P.G. tonight at home and the Silvertips got blasted on the road in Chilliwack setting up a first round Rockets/Tbirds matchup. The epic Everett/Seattle playoff series will have to wait.

Seattle wins tonight 8-2 behind Bud Holloway who not only netted his 40th goal of the season but also goals 41 and 42. Congratulations to Bud on the wonderful season. Aaron Gagnon last season had 42 goals as well (in only 52 games), Bud now with 42 in 69 games. Greg Scott also had 4 assists in the game and was +5.

Thomas Hickey was a healthy scratch for the Tbirds as they decided to rest him in a game that meant nothing. I expect to see both Hickey, Holloway and perhaps Jackson, Olson and/or others to sit tomorrow for the season finale.

Erik Fleming, the 1st round draft pick of the Thunderbirds last year had 2 assists in his first game ever with the Thunderbirds and earned himself the 3rd star of the game.

Seattle hosts Everett tomorrow at the Key to end the regular season. The game likely has even less on the line now that the two teams will avoid each other in the first round of the playoffs.

Quick note... As a die hard Tbirds fan I don't really ever root for other teams in the league but I think its important to give a small shout out to the Tri-City Americans who clinched the Scotty Munro Trophy for the top record in the league for the first time in their history with a 2-1 win over the Spokane Chiefs. As a fan of a team that only has 3 division titles and 0 WHL titles you have to be a little happy when a franchise with a similar history happens to breakthrough with a big accomplishment. So congrats to the Ams... we hope to see (and beat) you in the 2nd round of the playoffs.

Let's Go Birds Three Stars of the Game:

I agree with the arena...

1. Holloway
2. Scott
3. Fleming

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