Rockets face Thunderbirds next playoff round

The Seattle Thunderbirds advanced to the second round of the WHL playoffs with a 5-0 win over Everett on Saturday night. The Thunderbirds will take on the Kelowna Rockets. The Rockets moved into the second round on Friday night beating the Tri City Americans in 5 games.
Image Credit: WHL/Chris Mast

KELOWNA - The Kelowna Rockets will play the Seattle Thunderbirds in the second round of the WHL playoffs.

Seattle advanced with a 5-0 win over Everett on Saturday night.

Taran Kozun made 24 saves and Branden Troock scored twice.

Mitch Elliot, Scott Eansor and Alexander Delnov also scored for the Thunderbirds, who move on after taking Round 1 in five games.

Austin Lotz stopped 26-of-31 shots for the Silvertips.

The Rockets moved onto the second round on Friday night, beating the Tri City Americans in 5 games.

Games one and two of the Rockets-Thunderbirds second round series begin in Kelowna on Thursday, April 3 and Saturday, April 5.


CRANBROOK, B.C. - Jaedon Descheneau had three goals and an assist and Sam Reinhart tacked on three assists as the Kootenay Ice eliminated the Calgary Hitmen from the Western Hockey League playoffs with a 5-3 win Saturday.

Austin Vetterl and Zach Franko also scored for the sixth-seeded Ice, who upset Calgary in their first-round matchup 4-2, and Jagger Dirk had two assists.

Radel Fazleev, Adam Tambellini and Brady Brassart scored for the third-seeded Hitmen.

Wyatt Hoflin made 36 saves for Kootenay while Calgary's Chris Driedger turned away 33-of-37 shots for Calgary.

The Ice will face with the Medicine Hat Tigers or Swift Current Broncos in round 2.


MEDICINE HAT, Alta. - Trevor Cox had a pair of goals and Marek Langhamer made 45 saves as the Tigers beat Swift Current to take Game 5 and a 3-2 first-round series lead.

Cole Sanford scored once and set up two more for Medicine Hat while Chad Butcher added a single goal.

Nathan Burns scored the lone goal for the Broncos.

Swift Current's Eetu Laurikainen kicked out 40-of-43 shots in a losing cause.

- With files from The Canadian Press

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