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Seattle loses first exhibition game to Chilliwack

Thunderbirds drop their exhibition opener this morning at the EEC 4-2.

Seattle got on the board in the first when David Richard picked off a horrible D to D pass and raced the other way going top shelf backhand over Bruin goaltender Lucas Gore. The goal was shorthanded and unassisted.

Seattle then took a 2-0 lead in the 2nd period when Matt Hallick had a nice forechecking effort to take the puck away from Chilliwack behind their own net and fed to Jeremy Boyer who's shot was blocked but trickled past Gore for a 2-0 lead after two periods.

Seattle then completely fell apart in the third period, playing uninspired and having way too many breakdowns as 16 year old Kevin Sundher scored the natural hat trick before the Bruins added a 4th goal for the 4-2 victory. Jacob DeSerres went the entire way for Seattle.

Some observations I wrote down during the game...

- Boyer skated really well in the 1st and 2nd... I expect a big year from him.

- Warg whiffed on slappers twice but when he connected he had a good shot

- Sena and Ramsey were chirping at each other multiple times in the 1st and 2nd period and then finally fought with about 7:3o to go in the game. I would score the fight mostly a draw with a slight edge to Sena as he landed the only really solid shot towards the end of the bout. Keep in mind that Ramsey checks in at 6'5" and 210 while Sena is listed at 5'11" and 220. Ramsey had substantial reach but Sena more than held his own. I would be shocked if that is the last time we see those two fight.

- Pretty give and go with Prab Rai and Connor Sanvido almost resulted in a goal.

- Warg had some really nice stick handling that lead to a nice feed to Petrino who clanged one off the crossbar. Petrino looked solid again today and I would keep him if I were Seattle.

- Betker with a nice forecheck and steal and fed to Petrino in front who was stopped by Gore.

Players not listed on the Seattle roster who were still in camp on Wednesday:

Conner Cleverley
Tyler Alos
Dan Gibb
Ryan Armbruster
Mitch Elliot
Kevin Spotts
Brandon Carlson

Shocked would not be the right word... but I am very surprised by the absence of Brandon Carlson. On the surface it appears that they chose to keep Reid Johnson and Erik Fleming over Carlson. It almost makes me think there is more to the story. I'm totally speculating... but I wonder if they could not assure Carlson more playing time and they chose to send him back to California. I have absolutely no information that this was the case... just a guess because he looked a lot better than Fleming or Johnson in the main camp.

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