T-birds Streaking Their Way Home – Seattle Thunderbirds

Kennewick, WA. – The streaking Seattle Thunderbirds took their sixth straight win and fifth straight on the road with a 5-3 win over Tri-City American Friday at the Toyota Center in Kennewick. The same team teams will meet again on Saturday at the accesso ShoWare Center in Kent. Playing time is 7:05 p.m. It is the Thunderbirds’ first home game since October 19.

In a game with a total of 15 power plays, T-birds head coach Matt O’Dette was satisfied with the performance of his team. “I thought we played well. Of course there were many special teams. The flow of the game was just not there tonight with all those penalties, but our boys did what they had to do. ”Despite the many penalties, O’Dette said his players fought their way through. “We had some really good tracks in the game. The second kind was a bit loose for us, but I was happy with the third and the way we finished the game. “

For the second game in a row against Tri-City, Seattle gave up an early power play goal. The Americans converted to Parker Bell’s first of two of the night with the man advantage at 4:49 of the first third. The T-birds struck back with two quick power play goals of their own and took the lead, which they did not want to give up.

Conner Roulette brought the Thunderbirds onto the board at 8:09 am, assisted by Henrik Rybinski. The goal was roulette sixth of the season, which ties him to the team leader. 52 seconds later, again with the male advantage, it was Jared Davidson’s turn, Jordan Gustafson and Kevin Korchinski earned the helpers. Seattle added another goal for the first period. This even came at 3:21 p.m., from the stick of Mekai Sanders, which buried a passport from Matt Rempe. Ty Bauer was credited with the second assist.

Sanders, who scored just one goal in 23 games last season, now has five in their first eleven games of that run. He said he felt his line worked well together, adding that a strong preseason got him off to a great start.

“I definitely have a lot more confidence this year. Good preparation prepared me for the coming season. ”He added that his good start coincided with the good start of the team. “The boys just roll. Everyone is playing well. Everyone plays right how we should, as we are taught. So it definitely helps when it comes to individual success. “

In the second third, the two teams exchanged goals. It started when the T-birds Nico Myatovic sank his first of the season outnumbered with 2:32. The goal would stand up as the winner of the game. Myatovic says he only took advantage of what the opponent gave him. “I picked it up on my own end, I got a step on the back checker and they kind of sagged in their gaps. I just tried to cut in the middle, let it tear on the net and in the end it went in. “

O’Dette says Myatovic is just another player who recently rose for the team. “He’s sometimes under the radar for what he does for this team, but he does a lot. A great penalty killer, of course, but a very responsible two-way player. “

The Americans responded with another power play marker at 3:25 from Jake Sloan. The T-birds responded 80 seconds later with Reid Schaefer’s fifth of the season. Rybinski and Bauer each received their second assists of the evening at the final goal in Seattle. Tri-City pulled out within two of Bell’s outnumbered mid-period, but that’s as close as the Americans would get.

The third third was goalless thanks to two penalties in Seattle. That night, the T-Birds killed six of the Americans’ eight power play chances. Scott Ratzlaff turned 13 shots and took his third win in three starts this season in goal. He is from last season and is 4-0 in four starts as a Thunderbird.


Three T-birds extended their point streaks. With his two assists Rybinski now has a point in six games in a row. While his goal streak was halted after four games, Gustafson’s assist gives him points in five straight games and Myatovics goal gives him a four-game points streak.

In his short 23-game career with the Thunderbirds, which lasted twelve games last season, Myatovic has scored four goals. All four came at the expense of the Americans.

Earlier in the day, Hockey Canada selected two T-Birds, Ratzlaff and Sam Oremba, to compete in the U-17 Capital City Challenge. The tournament will take place in Ottawa and will begin on November 26th.

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