Thunderbirds & Americans to face-off in U.S. Division match-up to open WHL Playoffs
The Tri-City Americans scored a dramatic come-from-behind victory over the Everett Silvertips Sunday afternoon, leap-frogging the Portland Winterhawks into third place in the WHL’s U.S. Division and setting up a first-round playoff matchup with the second-place Seattle Thunderbirds.
Coming into Sunday, the Americans were sitting in the first wild card seed in the conference, one point back of the Winterhawks. But as the Spokane Chiefs thumped Portland by a 7-2 margin, the Americans scored twice in the final 90 seconds of regulation to force overtime, before Jordan Topping completed a hat-trick performance 2:40 into the extra period to book Tri-City’s tickets for the Emerald City.
Games 1 and 2 are slated for March 24 and 25, respectively, in Kent. The series then shifts to Kennewick for Games 3 and 4 on march 29 and 31, respectively.
|1||Tri-City||@||Seattle||Friday, March 24||7:35|
|2||Tri-City||@||Seattle||Saturday, March 25||7:05|
|3||Seattle||@||Tri-City||Wednesday, March 29||7:05|
|4||Seattle||@||Tri-City||Friday, March 31||7:05|
|5 *||Tri-City||@||Seattle||Saturday, April 1||7:05|
|6 *||Seattle||@||Tri-City||Monday, April 3||7:05|
|7 *||Tri-City||@||Seattle||Wednesday, April 5||7:05|
* If necessary