Seattle Thunderbirds blast past the Kelowna Rockets 7-2

The Kelowna Rockets fell 7-2 to the Seattle Thunderbirds Friday night at ShoWare Center in Kent, WA. Courtesy: Kelowna Rockets

The Seattle Thunderbirds defeated the Kelowna Rockets 7-2 on Friday night at the ShoWare Center in Kent, WA.

Seattle’s Zack Andrusiak scored less than a minute into the game. Nolan Volcan followed up a few minutes later, after intercepting a pass and beating goaltender Brodan Salmond with a shot that gave Seattle a 2-0 lead.

Noah Philp scored about six minutes into the second period, further extending the Thunderbirds’ lead.

Midway through the second period, Kelowna’s Dillon Dube finally found the net during a power play for a score of 3-1. Cal Foote and Kole Lind assisted.

Volcan responded with a power-play goal of his own for Seattle. Turner Ottenbreit also scored, making it 5-1 for the T-Birds heading into the third.

The Rockets then replaced Salmond with Cole Tisdale.

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Just under seven minutes into the third period, Blake Bargar made it 6-1 Seattle.

Conner Bruggen-Cate replied for Kelowna to try to close the gap, but Volcan went for the hat trick during Seattle’s power play to take the game.

The final score was 7-2 for the Thunderbirds.

Seattle outshot Kelowna 33-29.

Kelowna will be back on home ice Saturday night to take on the Victoria Royals at 7 p.m.

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