Phil Varney is the Seattle Thunderbirds’ athletic trainer. He posted the above tweet from Winnipeg long after Game 2 of the WHL’s championship final. . . .
The WHL’s best-of-seven championship series resumed with Game 3 in Kent, Wash., on Tuesday night. The Seattle Thunderbirds dumped the Winnipeg Ice, 6-3, to take a 2-1 series lead. . . . They’ll be back on the ice tonight in Kent for Game 4, with Game 5 there on Friday night. . . .
While the remainder of the WHL’s championship series will be shown on TSN, Fox 13+ in Seattle had announced it would televise Games 3 and 4. On Tuesday, it announced that it also will show Game 5, along with Games 6 and 7 from Winnipeg, if the latter two are necessary. . . .
In the QMJHL, the visiting Quebec Remparts scored a 5-4 OT victory over the Halifax Mooseheads on Tuesday night to take a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven championship final. . . . They’ll play Game 4 in Halifax tonight, with Game 5 set for Quebec City on Friday. . . . F James Malatesta scored the Game 3 winner at 4:25 of OT. Malatesta, who scored twice and added an assist, has 12 goals in these playoffs. . . .
The OHL’s championship final, featuring the London Knights and Peterborough Petes, is set to continue tonight. The host Petes won Games 2 and 3 so will take a 2-1 series lead into Game 4. . . . They’ll play Game 5 in London on Friday night.
TUESDAY IN THE WHL PLAYOFFS:
Winnipeg (1) at Seattle (2) — The Seattle Thunderbirds broke a 1-1 first-period tie with three goals in 45 seconds en route to a 6-3 victory over the Winnipeg Ice in Kent, Wash. . . . The Thunderbirds lead the best-of-seven series, 2-1, with Game 4 in Kent tonight. Game is to be played there on Friday night. . . . Game 3 began with an exchange of goals in the first 87 seconds, with Seattle F Kyle Crnkovic (5) scoring at 0:25 and Winnipeg F Carson Latimer (3) equalizing at 1:27. . . . D Jeremy Hanzel (4) gave Seattle a 2-1 lead, on a PP, at 13:24 of the first period. . . . F Brad Lambert (6) upped it to 3-1 at 13:47, and F Jared Davidson (11) made it 4-1 at 14:09. . . . The WHL record for fast three goals by one team in a playoff game is 26 seconds and belongs to the Winnipeg Jets from a 10-1 victory over the visiting Flin Flon Bombers on April 19, 1970. Henry Boucha (18:50, first period), Brian Howe (19:04) and Jim Hargreaves (19:16) had the goals. . . . The Ice was chasing from that point on and just wasn’t able to catch up. . . . F Dylan Guenther, with his WHL-leading 15th goal, scored on a PP at 8:09 of the second period for a 5-1 lead. . . . The Ice got a goal from F Zach Benson (7) at 13:42, only to have Hanzel (5) get it back at 18:25. . . . Winnipeg F Zack Ostapchuk (9) completed the scoring, on a PP, at 12:12 of the third period. . . . Lambert also had an assist as he recorded his eighth multi-point game of the playoffs. . . . Hanzel added an assist to his two goals. . . . Seattle was 2-for-3 on the PP; Winnipeg was 1-for-4. . . . The Thunderbirds got a big game from G Thomas Milic, who finished with 35 saves. . . . Winnipeg starter Daniel Hauser was beaten six times on 22 shots. Mason Beaupit played the third period and stopped all 11 shots he faced. . . . Announced attendance was 5,505. . . . Seattle F Jordan Gustafson and Winnipeg D Wyatt Wilson continued to be among the scratches.
With the BCHL having chosen to leave Hockey Canada and operate on an independent basis, there are a whole lot of questions — and rumours — floating around out there. Brian Wiebe of the BCHL Network tries to answer a few of the player-related questions right here.
On the ice, the Penticton Vees struck for five goals in the second period en route to a 6-3 victory over the host Alberni Valley Bulldogs in Game 3 of the BCHL’s championship final. . . . The Vees hold a 3-0 lead in the best-of-seven series and have their first chance to wrap up their second straight title tonight in Alberni Valley. . . . Last night, the Vees got two goals and two assists from F Aydar Suniev, who now has nine playoff goals. . . . F Josh Nadeau also scored twice for Penticton, giving him 15 goals.
The 2023 Kamloops Kidney Walk is scheduled for June 4, and Dorothy is taking part once again. She will celebrate 10 years as a kidney-transplant recipient in September, so the annual Kidney Walk is a big deal for her. In fact, she is participating for a 10th straight year. Yes, that means she is fund-raising, with all donations going to the Kidney Foundation. . . . If you are interested in helping, you are able to do so on her home page, which is right here.
If you are interested in being a living kidney donor, more information is available here:
Living Kidney Donor Program
St. Paul’s Hospital
6A Providence Building
1081 Burrard Street
Vancouver, BC V6Z 1Y6
Toll free: 1-877-922-9822
Vancouver General Hospital Living Donor Program – Kidney
Gordon and Leslie Diamond Health Care Centre
Level 5, 2775 Laurel Street
Vancouver, BC V5Z 1M9
604-875-5182 or 1-855-875-5182
Or, for more information, visit right here.