Kelowna Rockets forward Rourke Chartier is pursued by Seattle's Riley Sheen in WHL playoff action Friday at Prospera Place.

Kelowna Rockets forward Rourke Chartier is pursued by Seattle's Riley Sheen in WHL playoff action Friday at Prospera Place.

Thunderbirds ground Rockets in series opener

Seattle's Luke Lockhart scores in overtime to lead his club to upset win in Game 1 of WHL Western Conference quarterfinal

  • Mar. 22, 2013 12:00 p.m.

Underdogs but clearly not pushovers.

The Seattle Thunderbirds, who finished 50 points behind Kelowna during the WHL regular season, upset the heavily-favoured Rockets 5-4 in overtime Friday at Prospera Place in the opening game of the Western Conference quarterfinal playoff series.

Luke Lockhart’s second goal of the night at 19:10 of the extra period from a scramble in front of the Rockets’ net proved to be the winner.

Lockhart also scored at 13:30 of the third period to tie the game 4-4 and force overtime.

Damon Severson, Dylen McKinlay, Tyson Baillie and Myles Bell scored for the Rockets who were outshot 50-39 and, according to head coach Ryan Huska, were also outplayed and outworked.

“As the game went on I just think they wanted it a little bit more than we did,” Huska said. “I thought a lot of the puck battles they came out with, I didn’t see us with the forecheck we wanted to establish. I thought they played well and we didn’t match their effort.”

Game 2 goes Saturday night at Prospera Place. Games 3 and 4 will be played Tuesday and Wednesday in Seattle, with a fifth game, if needed, back in Kelowna on Saturday, March 30.

 

 

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