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Rybinski Grounds Rockets In Overtime

Marissa Baecker

Rybinski’s first goal as a T-Bird is game winner for 3-2 win over Kelowna

KELOWNA, January 30, 2019 — Henrik Rybinski made his first goal as a Seattle Thunderbird a memorable one Wednesday night at Prospera Place in Kelowna.

Rybinski scored at 2:38 of overtime to give the T-Birds a 3-2 win over the Kelowna Rockets.

Noah Philp tied up a faceoff in the right corner of the T-Birds zone. Owen Williams picked up the puck and weaved up ice. Williams crossed the blue line on the right wing and dropped the puck for Rybinski. Rybinski carried it down the right wing and then stickhandled through a Kelowna defenseman in the right circle and came in alone on Kelowna goalie Roman Basran. Rybinski beat Basran with a backhand shot over the goalie’s right shoulder.

Rybinski has a goal and 12 assists in 12 games with the T-Birds since being acquired from the Medicine Hat Tigers on January 4.

Roddy Ross had a solid game in net stopping 26 of 28 shots to improve his record to 6-1-0-1.

The T-Birds have registered a point in nine of their last 10 games and finish January with an 8-3-1-1 record.

Seattle improved to 19-22-5-1 and are two points ahead of the Kamloops Blazers in the second wild card playoff spot in the Western Conference. They are nine points behind the Spokane Chiefs and Tri-City Americans who are tied for third place in the US Division.

Kelowna (20-24-4-1) took a 1-0 lead at 8:09 of the first period on a goal from Mark Liwiski. Alex Swetlikoff had the only assist.

KELOWNA, CANADA - JANUARY 30: Roman Basran #30 of the Kelowna Rockets misses a first period save against the Seattle Thunderbirds on January 30, 2019 at Prospera Place in Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada. (Photo by Marissa Baecker/Shoot the Breeze)
Matthew Wedman beat Kelowna goalie Roman Basran late in the first period to tie the game 1-1. (Photo by Marissa Baecker/Shoot the Breeze)

Seattle tied the game 1-1 with 54 seconds left in the first. Sean Richards passed the puck to Matthew Wedman who skated up the left wing. Wedman crossed the blue and cut to the high slot. Wedman put a wrist shot on goal through traffic and beat Basran on the glove side.

The T-Birds outshot the Rockets 12-8 in the first period.

Kelowna took a 2-1 lead at 15:02 of the second period on an unassisted shorthanded goal from Kyle Crosbie.

Tyrel Bauer tied the game 2-2 with 45 seconds left in the second period. Philp won a faceoff in the left corner of the Rockets zone to Andrej Kukuca on the right wing. Kukuca poked puck back to Bauer at the left point. Bauer took a slap shot with traffic in front of Basran and beat the goalie on the glove side.

Both teams had 11 shots in the second period and Seattle led 23-18 in shots after two periods.

The T-Birds killed off 1:33 of a five-on-three Rockets power play with six minutes left in the third period.

Seattle outshot Kelowna 12-8 in overtime, 3-1 in overtime and 38-28 in the game.

Basran had 35 saves and his record is now 14-14-2-0.

Single game tickets are on sale online on the T-Birds website and at the accesso ShoWare Center box office.

The T-Birds are now taking orders for Flex-24 Ticket packages. Fans that purchase the 24-Flex Ticket Package will be able to select any available premium seat for any game, in any ticket combination, during the 2018-19 season.

SCORING SUMMARY

First period – 1, Kelowna, Liwiski 5 (Swetlikoff), 8:03. 2, Seattle, Wedman 22 (Richards), 19:06. Penalties – Wedman, Sea (cross checking), 4:18. Mattson, Kel (kneeing), 9:29. Basran, Kel (high-sticking served by Wong), 15:28.

Second period – 3, Kelowna, Crosbie 6, 15:02 (sh). 4, Seattle, Bauer 2 (Kukuca, Philp), 19:15. Penalties – McNelly, Sea (major-fighting), 12:35. Higson, Kel (major-fighting), 12:35. Topping, Kel (tripping), 14:27. Carpendale, Sea (roughing), 19:36. Lee, Sea (roughing), 19:36. Foote, Kel (roughing), 19:36. Korczak, Kel (roughing), 19:36.

Third period – No scoring. Penalties – Williams, Sea (hooking), 13:34. Richards, Sea (roughing), 14:01.

Overtime – 5, Seattle, Rybinski 2 (Williams), 2:38. Penalties – No penalties.

Shots on goal – Seattle 12-11-12-3 38, Kelowna 8-11-8-1 28. Goalies – Seattle, Ross 28 shots-26 saves (6-1-0-1); Kelowna, Basran 38-35 (14-14-2-0). Power plays – Seattle 0-3; Kelowna 0-3. A – 4,690. Referees – Ryan O’Keefe, Mark Pearce. Linesmen – Dustin Minty, Cody Wanner.

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