Royals, Thunderbirds split back-to-back games | WHL

Kukuca has two goals in 5-3 loss to Victoria on Wednesday

  • Thursday, February 7, 2019 7:28am
  • Sports

Andrej Kukuca scored two goals but it wasn’t enough as the Seattle Thunderbirds fell to the Victoria Royals 5-3 in a Western Hockey League game Wednesday night at the Save-On-Foods Memorial Arena in British Columbia.

This was the second of back-to-back games between the two teams. The T-Birds won 5-3 on Tuesday.

Seattle (20-25-5-1) remains one point ahead of the Kamloops Blazers for the second wild-card playoff spot in the Western Conference.

Goalie Roddy Ross made 34 saves on 38 shots, improving to 7-3-0-1. Ross made 41 saves in Tuesday’s win.

Seattle jumped out a to 1-0 lead 47 seconds into the first period. Tyler Carpendale intercepted a Victoria pass in the neutral and the sprung Henrik Rybinski on a partial breakaway. Rybinski skated at Victoria goalie Brock Gould and put a shot on net as he was being knocked down. Rybinski’s shot beat Gould through the legs just as Rybinski crashed into the net.

Victoria (26-21-1-2) tied the game 1-1 with 2:51 left in the first period on a goal from Phillip Schultz. Scott Walford and D-Jay Jerome had the assists.

The Royals went in front 3-1 in the second period on a power-play goal by Kaid Oliver at 3:52 and a goal from Schultz at 6:27.

Kukuca cut the Royals’ lead to one goal at 4:44 of the third period. Noah Philp got the puck out of the right corner with a short pass to Tyler Carpendale. Carpendale found Kukuca in slot and he took a shot. Kukuca got his own rebound and snapped it over Gould’s right shoulder for his 15th goal of the season.

Victoria took the two-goal lead back at 4:54 of the third on a goal from Dino Kambeitz.

A high-sticking penalty on Victoria late in the third gave the T-Birds an opportunity to cut the Royals’ lead. They took advantage as Kukuca scored his second of the night, at 16:07, to make it a one-goal lead for Victoria. Philp and Matthew Wedman had the assists.

The T-Birds pulled Ross for an extra attacker with 1:57 remaining in the game. Seattle pressed the play in the Victoria zone but Schultz hit the empty net with four seconds left to seal the win for the Royals.

Victoria outshot Seattle 39-25 in the game.

Gould had 22 saves on 25 shots.

Back home

The T-Birds return to home ice Friday for a 7:35 p.m. game against Portland at the accesso ShoWare Center. They play the Medicine Hat Tigers at 6:05 p.m. Saturday, also at ShoWare.

Tickets are on sale on the T-Birds website and at the ShoWare box office.

Fans who 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, Seattle, Rybinski 3 (Carpendale), :47. 2, Victoria, Schultz 9 (Walford, Martynov), 17:09. Penalties – Kubicek, Vic (interference), 11:49. Mount, Sea (hooking) 15:35. Prowse, Vic (holding), 17:50.

Second period – 3, Victoria, Oliver 21 (McDonald, Walford), 3:52 (pp). 4, Victoria, Schultz 10 (Gulka, Sidaway), 6:27. Penalties – Rybinski, Sea (tripping), 3:18. McNelly, Sea (major-fighting, game misconduct), 13:17. Gulka, Vic (major-fighting, game misconduct), 13:17.

Third period – 5, Seattle, Kukuca 15 (Carpendale, Philp), 4:44. 6, Victoria, Kambeitz 8 (Fizer, Walford), 4:54. 7, Seattle, Kukuca 16 (Philp, Wedman), 16:07 (pp). 8, Victoria, Schultz 11 (Prowse), 19:55 (en). Penalties – Prowse, Vic (high-sticking), 14:47.

Shots on goal – Seattle 6-10-9 25, Victoria 13-13-13 39. Goalies – Seattle, Ross 38 shots-34 saves (7-3-0-1); Victoria, Gould 25-22 (6-7-2-0). Power plays – Seattle 1-2; Victoria 2-3. A – 3,189. Referees – Brett Iverson, Trevor Nolan. Linesmen – Cole Cooke, Liam Reid.

More in Sports

Chargers reach girls district finals; Kentridge boys clinch regional playoff spot

Jordyn Jenkins scored 24 points and JaQuaya Miller had 18 as Kentridge… Continue reading

The Thunderbirds’ Henrik Rybinski slides the puck past Rebels goalie Byron Fancy during WHL play Friday night. COURTESY PHOTO, Brian Liesse, T-Birds
Thunderbirds get fancy to chase down Rebels

Rybinski, Wedman each scores 2 goals in 6-4 win over Red Deer

Stars come up short in San Diego; Donovan makes MASL debut

A crowd of 8,492 fans packed Pachanga Arena in San Diego on… Continue reading

Reporter honors Kentwood’s Yang, Canning

Kentwood High School’s Ashley Yang, gymnastics, was selected as the Kent Reporter’s… Continue reading

Junior guard Alphonse Oywak goes up for a basket during the second half of the loser out game Wednesday. Photo by Sarah Brenden
Conks season ends with district loss

With a break in the winter weather Wednesday, the Kentwood Conquerors and… Continue reading

The Thunderbirds’ Roddy Ross. COURTESY PHOTO, Brian Liesse, T-Birds
Americans sneak past Thunderbirds

Wedman has goal and assist in 4-3 loss to Tri-City

Auburn coach Matt Hoover exults after his 132-pound wrestler, Gabe Sena, reversed his opponent and pinned him before the second-round buzzer sounded to win his weight class during the NPSL Olympic Division/sub-district tournament championship on Feb. 2. Sena qualified for the regionals, which were canceled last Friday because of storm conditions. A revised state tounament is on for this weekend. RACHEL CIAMPI, Auburn Reporter
State expands brackets

In wake of canceled regionals, WIAA develops 32-person entry for Mat Classic weight divisions

Chargers’ Woods signs with San Jose State; Banks joins Central Washington | College football

Natano Woods, Kentridge’s record-breaking quarterback, signed a national letter of intent with… Continue reading

Chargers jolt Lions in district playoffs; Auburn, Kentwood fall

JaQuaya Miller scored 25 points and Jordyn Jenkins had 21 as Kentridge… Continue reading

Most Read