The Seattle Thunderbirds are moving on and so too are three of the Blackhawks prospects. Playing familiar foe Kamloops, the Thunderbirds prevailed, earning a spot in the Friday semi-final with a 6-1 victory
Blackhawks prospects Kevin Korchinski and Colton Dach recorded an assist and a goal respectively in the win.
Lucas Ciona opened the scoring, roofing a loose puck past Blazer netminder Dylan Ernst to give Seattle a 1-0 lead. Kamloops, though, would capitalize on a Korchinski turnover at center ice, tying the game with just over nine minutes to play in the first period. Korchinski saw a chance to try and move the puck up the ice, but Kamloops turned it the other way quickly. It would remain tied through the remainder of the first period.
The Thunderbirds would use a pair of quick strike goals to jump on the Blazers in a matter of eight seconds. The lead would hold through the remainder of the period and the Thunderbirds were in clear control after the two-goal burst. Three more goals in the third would put the game out of reach, punching Seattle’s semi-final matchup for Friday.
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Nolan Allan had a point blank shot early in the third period, but his snap shot was partially blocked and then gobbled up by Ernst. He narrowly missed a third consecutive Memorial Cup goal. But less than a minute later, Korchinski circled and dished the puck off to Kyle Crnkovic, who ripped a shot that Ernst failed to pick up, giving Seattle a 4-1 lead. Dach was in on a rush during the busy third period while also winning 9 of his 15 faceoffs for a 60% clip. He added his goal with just over five minutes left in the game.
KNOCK KNOCK ITS DACH!! A full strength goal
— y – Seattle Thunderbirds (@SeattleTbirds) June 1, 2023
With Korchinski finding his way onto the scoresheet, it marks the eighth consecutive postseason game that one of the three has recorded a point for the Thunderbirds. It’s also the 20th time in 22 postseason games that one of the three have found their way on the scoresheet.
They now await the winner of the Kamloops-Peterborough winner tomorrow night.