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Tbirds thump the road weary Winterhawks

Before a nice crowd of 5637 tonight at the Key, the Tbirds jumped out early and often on the Winterhawks on their way to the 6-2 victory. The Winterhawks were playing their 7th game in 9 nights and will return home but have to return to Everett next Friday before they finally play another home game.

Taking a second away from the Tbirds... how weird of a schedule is this for the Winterhawks. After Sunday in Vancouver they played Tuesday in Chilliwack, no big deal there. But then they faced Everett at their place Wednesday, with a day off Thursday before playing them AGAIN at Comcast Arena before seeing the Tbirds at the Key tonight and then back to Everett next Friday.

Anyways... Prab Rai had an incredible night with 2 goals and 3 assists. With the 5 point night, Rai now has 16 goals and 13 assists and leads the team in points with 29. Jim O'Brien also had a very good night, getting 2 goals and 2 assists while Parker picked up 3 assists and the 3rd star of the game.

This game was never really in doubt from the beginning as O'Brien scored just 57 seconds into the game.

The Tbirds built a 3-1 lead on the 3rd goal of the season by Silvester and Winterhawks goaltender Keith Hamilton was yanked in favor of Kurtis Mucha.

Interesting scrap in the 2nd period as the two teams combined for 94 penalty minutes at the 15:32 mark. I have to be honest and tell you that I didn't get a really good look at the whole thing from where I was sitting tonight. I will say that I think Ehrhardt started a lot of the mess by getting involved in the initial scrap between Dillon and the Winterhawk player. Interestingly he ended up without any PIM's after the whole thing was sorted out. I'm going to have to get another look at the scrap on video to see exactly what happened. I do know that Cloud came to the defence of Thomas Hickey and that was why he got the 3rd man in Misconduct.

Jordan took home 46 PIM's for his work and Cloud 37 for his.

Lindsay Nielsen was a scratch tonight... I didn't hear why, maybe someone did.

Seattle improves to 10-13-3 which is good for 23 points in 26 games and moves them into 7th place in the Western Conference.


Anonymous said...

one of my friends got some ice level footage of the scrap. Can't believe the linesmen didn't jump to break Jordan off of Hickey sooner. That was ridiculous.

Anonymous said...

err, forgot to mention they will get it on youtube sometime soon.

Anonymous said...

i heard from an insider neilly has an upper body injury, out for about a month. heard the same about warg for why he left early, upper body...

Anonymous said...

Nielsen out 2-3 weeks from the radio report.
How is it the Winter Hawks were road weary and the T-birds after 7 straight on the road weren't? Birds were in Saskatechewan, Hawks were in Everett.

Thunnex said...

Well the Tbirds have been home since Thursday morning and enjoyed two night in their own beds with no game while the Winterhawks, I suspect, haven't been home in a week. You tell me....?

Anonymous said...

Birds had to recover from what, a 13-14 hour bus ride? I think it's a wash.

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