Mathew Barzal has one goal and three assists as T-birds move one point behind Silvertips in U.S. Division.
The Seattle Thunderbirds clinched a spot in the Western Hockey League playoffs Sunday night with a 6-1 win over the Everett Silvertips in front of 5,157 fans at ShoWare Center in Kent.
The T-birds (40-18-3-2) are in second place in the U.S. Division. They are one point behind the Silvertips (38-13-8-2), who have two games in hand.
Mathew Barzal had a goal and three assists. It was his second consecutive game with four points.
Seattle goalie Rylan Toth (33-17-1-1) had 20 saves. Everett goalie Carter Hart (27-8-6-1) stopped nine of 12 shots in the first period and was replaced by Mario Petit.
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Keegan Kolesar, Luke Ormsby, Anthony Bishop, Ryan Gropp and Elijah Brown also scored goals for the T-birds. Connor Dewar scored for Everett.
Host Saint Mary’s held off No. 10 Washington 6-5 to split the four-game series. The Huskies (4-3) rallied for five runs late, but Saint Mary’s (4-2) scored in four of the first five innings. KJ Brady had a two-run triple in the seventh inning for the Huskies and Joey Morgan followed with an RBI single to cut the deficit to 5-3.
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