The Seattle Thunderbirds lost four games to two in the Western Hockey League finals to the Edmonton Oil Kings. COURTESY PHOTO, Brian Liesse, Seattle Thunderbirds

The Seattle Thunderbirds lost four games to two in the Western Hockey League finals to the Edmonton Oil Kings. COURTESY PHOTO, Brian Liesse, Seattle Thunderbirds

Edmonton topples Seattle Thunderbirds for WHL Championship

Kent-based team falls in six games after winning three previous playoff rounds

By Thom Beuning

Seattle Thunderbirds

The Kent-based Seattle Thunderbirds came up short in the Western Hockey League Championship Series, falling to the Edmonton Oil Kings, 2-0, in game 6 Monday, June 13 at Rogers Place in Edmonton, Alberta.

With the win the Oil Kings win the series four games to two, to claim their third Ed Chynoweth Cup. Seattle won previous playoff rounds against the Kelowna Rockets, Portland Winterhawks and Kamloops Blazers.

Edmonton came out flying right off the bat and outshot Seattle, 21-4 in the first period. It led to the first goal of the game when Jakub Demek jumped on a rebound to score on the power play at 7:15. The T-birds kept it close because Thomas Milic continued his strong postseason in goal with 34 saves, many of the highlight variety.

Seattle was better in the second period, outshooting Edmonton, 12-9. But Edmonton was able to add to their lead when Kaden Guhle’s shot from the high slot made it past a screened Milic at 3:44.

Edmonton was able to clamp down on the T-birds the rest of the game, especially when Seattle had the man advantage. The T-birds finished the night 0-for-6 on the power play. Meanwhile Oil Kings netminder Sebastian Cossa denied all 27 shots on the night, as the T-birds put 23 shots on goal the final two periods.

While Seattle came up two wins short, head coach Matt O’Dette knows they have no reason to hang their heads.

“A lot to be proud of,” he said. “What a group. Super resilient, a ton of character. …They continued to fight on. “We’re extremely proud of the group. What a great bunch of kids.”

T-Bird extras

Seattle finished 6-1 in do-or-die elimination games in the postseason.

This was the final game in the WHL for Henrik Rybinski, Ryan Gottfried, and Lukas Svejkovsky, who now age out in the ages 16-20 league. It was most likely also the final T-birds game for Matt Rempe, Sam Knazko and Tyrel Bauer.

Former T-birds defenseman Simon Kubicek was named the third star of the game. He and Edmonton are now off to the Memorial Cup in Saint John, New Brunswick.


Talk to us

Please share your story tips by emailing editor@kentreporter.com.

To share your opinion for publication, submit a letter through our website https://www.kentreporter.com/submit-letter/. Include your name, address and daytime phone number. (We’ll only publish your name and hometown.) Please keep letters to 300 words or less.

More in Sports

t
Kent’s Christmas Rush walk and run coming up Dec. 10 at Hogan Park

40th year of event; register online for 5K and 10K

Federal Way senior QB Jay O’Neil has his eyes set on the Skyline Spartans. Ben Ray/Sound Publishing
Federal Way football preps for state appearance Saturday, Nov. 12

No Kent school makes state; Federal Way plays Skyline Spartans in 4A tournament

Prep sports: Kent gymnastics teams get ready to vault into winter season

Coming up on the horizon for winter sports in Kent is gymnastics.… Continue reading

t
T-Birds to play hockey game at Climate Pledge Arena in Seattle

Dec. 27 game against Spokane Chiefs moved to NHL venue from ShoWare Center in Kent

T
Wrestling: 2022 Kent season preview

Every school in Kent had at least one wrestler qualify for last season’s Mat Classic.

Jonathan Borte (ball in hand) stands next to Jake Davies warming up before their first game against Emerald Ridge. Photo by Ben Ray/Sound Publishing
Kentridge grads launch water polo program

There are 18 sports sanctioned by the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association (WIAA) — but water polo is not one of them.

t
Red-hot, Kent-based Seattle Thunderbirds start season with 8 victories

Have outscored last three opponents 26-6 to sit atop Western Hockey League

Federal Way’s Madison Mulipola on the attack in the third set of their match with Kentwood. Photo by Ben Ray/Sound Publishing
Prep volleyball: Kentwood takes down Federal Way in four sets

The Kentwood Conquerors took down the Federal Way High School Eagles on… Continue reading

Courtesy photo
Kentridge takes down Decatur on Sept. 16 (RPI 23).
Prep sports: South Sound teams dominate state’s Rating Percentage Index

System allows players, fans and coaches to see how their local sports teams measure up.

Top seed Cole Fredericks of Kentlake serving in his first match Oct. 14. Photo by Ben Ray/Sound Publishing
Prep tennis: Kent schools have good showing at district tournaments

The tennis regular season ended for the NPSL on Oct. 11, and… Continue reading

Kent-Meridian Junior Kyle Brown goes up for a jump ball in the 32-29 victory. 
Ben Ray
Sound Publishing
Football: Kent-Meridian wins thriller over Thomas Jefferson

History was made inside Federal Way Memorial Stadium on Friday, Oct. 14.… Continue reading