Game 41: Thunderbirds battle but lose in OT to Bruins

Jan 9, 2011, 8:09 PM | Updated: Apr 6, 2011, 11:23 am

(18-18-2-1)Chilliwack Bruins 5,(17-16-4-4)Seattle Thunderbirds 4 (OT)

Gallimore nets two..Fleming with two assists

CHILLIWACK– Down by two goals in the third period the Thunderbirds come back to earn a road point as they lose in overtime to the Bruins.

The Bruins struck just nine seconds in when Ryan Howse (25) dragged the puck into the Birds zone and put one past Calvin Pickard (17-14-3-4) to take the early 1-0 lead.

The Birds got the first power play chance at the 5:59 mark when Steven Hodges was called for Tripping.

Burke Gallimore beat Lucas Gore (16-12-2-1) stick side to tie the game for the Birds. His 21st goal of the season was assisted by Erik Fleming. It was Fleming’s first point of the campaign. Time of the goal was 7:39.

The Bruins came right back to take a 2-1 lead at 8:04. Kevin Sundher (14) scored off a two on one.

The teams skated four on four when Travis Toomey and Tim Traber each received Roughing penalties at 9:28.

Fleming took a Holding penalty to give the Bruins a four on three power play opportunity at the 9:47 mark. They did not convert.

The Birds went back on the power play at 16:41. Traber was called for Checking from Behind. They didn’t convert.

After 20 minutes the Birds trailed 2-1. Chilliwack also led in shots 12-9.

Marcel Noebels (12) shot one past Lucas Gore to tie the game 2-2 at 4:57 of the second period. Assists were from Charles Wells and Dave Sutter.

The Bruins went on the power play when Erik Bonsor was called for Tripping at 9:37. Chilliwack went back up 3-2 when Dylen McKinlay scored his third goal of the season at 11:13.

Howse scored his second goal of the game to put the Bruins up 4-2 at the 17:01 mark. It was his 26th of the season.

At 19:23 there was a review of a Seattle goal. The goal light came on but the official, Pat Smith, waived it off. The replay officials agreed there was no goal.

The Birds did get a power play out of it, their third of the game. Sundher was called for Hooking. The remaining power play time would carry over into the third period.

After two periods the Birds were down 4-2. Shots in the period were 8-7 in favor of the Bruins. 20-16 in favor of Chilliwack through 40 minutes.

The Birds didn’t convert on the power play to start the third period.

Seattle went back on the power play at 8:46. Tyler Stahl was called for Roughing. Toomey (11) got the Birds within one at 4-3 when he knocked one past Gore. The power play goal was scored at 10:40, and was assisted by Fleming and Connor Sanvido.

The Birds tied the game 4-4 when Gallimore scored at 15:23. It was assisted by Toomey. It was Gallimore’s second goal of the game and 22nd of the season.

The Bruins got a power play at 17:28. Wells was given a double minor for High Sticking.

The Birds got the game to overtime where the Bruins would have 1:20 of four on three power play time. They would take advantage and win the game 5-4 on a goal by McKinlay just 23 seconds into overtime. It was his second of the game and 4th of the season.

Shots in the third period were 8-7 in favor of the Birds. In overtime there was only one shot and it was the winning goal for the Bruins. Shots overall were 28-24 in favor of Chilliwack.

We saw the best of the Birds and the worst of the Birds in this game. Interesting that it should come less than 24 hrs before the trade deadline. They allowed way too many odd man rushes, which led to goals. The PK was a bit shaky but Chilliwack’s power play is ranked second in the league. They also missed on some solid scoring chances by missing passes or not hitting net. They also never had a lead in the game.

They were very good on the power play. They once again showed a lot of life and grit after getting down by a couple of goals on the road to fight back for a point. Gallimore continues to play solid hockey and it was good to see Fleming get his first two points of the season. Toomey is red hot with eight goals in his last 12 games. Seattle was also playing their third game in as many days while the Bruins were waiting at home rested.

The Thunderbirds need defense, plain and simple. What will happen by 2 pm Monday? Travis Bobbee left the game with some type of injury. Will that affect what happens trade wise? In fact the Birds have a few banged up players. Stay tuned.

The Birds will play yet another road game, as they travel to Kennewick for the second week in a row to take on the Americans on Tuesday night. Game time is 7 pm. It can be heard at MyNorthwest.com

Game Notes:

F Colin Jacobs was a scratch.

– The Birds road record now stands at 11-8-3-2.

– This was the last game in Chilliwack for the regular season. The Birds earned three out of four points (1-0-1-0).

– Seattle was 2 for 4 on the power play. Chilliwack was 2 for 5.

– The Thunderbirds have now played 15 games past regulation. They are 1-4 in overtime and 6-4 in the shootout.

Game Summary: (courtesy of the WHL website)

1st Period-1, Chilliwack, Howse 25 (Horak), 0:09. 2, Seattle, Gallimore 21 (Fleming), 7:39 (PP). 3, Chilliwack, Sundher 14 (Oursov, McKinlay), 8:04. Penalties-Hodges Cwk (tripping), 5:59; Toomey Sea (roughing), 9:28; Traber Cwk (roughing), 9:28; Fleming Sea (holding), 9:47; Traber Cwk (checking from behind), 16:41.

2nd Period-4, Seattle, Noebels 12 (Wells, Sutter), 4:57. 5, Chilliwack, McKinlay 3 11:13 (PP). 6, Chilliwack, Howse 26 (Soudek, Horak), 17:01. Penalties-Bonsor Sea (tripping), 9:33; Sundher Cwk (hooking), 19:23.

3rd Period-7, Seattle, Toomey 11 (Fleming, Sanvido), 10:40 (PP). 8, Seattle, Gallimore 22 (Toomey), 15:23. Penalties-Stahl Cwk (roughing), 8:46; Wells Sea (high sticking), 17:28; Wells Sea (high sticking), 19:28.

OT Period-9, Chilliwack, McKinlay 4 (Horak, Howse), 0:21 (PP). Penalties-No Penalties

Shots on Goal-Seattle 9-7-9-0-25. Chilliwack 12-8-6-1-27.

Power Play Opportunities-Seattle 2 / 4; Chilliwack 2 / 3.

Goalies-Seattle, Pickard 17-14-3-4 (27 shots-22 saves). Chilliwack, Gore 16-12-2-1 (25 shots-21 saves).

A-3,314

Referees-Pat Smith (12).

Linesmen-Ron Dietterle (121), Clayton Richardson (104).

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