Defensive lapses send Thunderbirds to fourth straight loss


KENT – The Thunderbirds found their offense on Tuesday but it wouldn’t be enough to avoid their fourth straight defeat.

Prince Albert’s Jordy Stallard scored with just over five minutes left in the game to break a 4-4 tie and lead the Raiders to a 6-4 win at the Accesso ShoWare Center. Nolan Volcan had two points for the Thunderbirds while Austin Strand scored his 10th goal of the year.

Defensive break downs allowed Prince Albert (9-7-3-0) to create golden scoring chances and it cost Seattle (9-8-1-1) the contest.

“You can’t give up the big plays, we talk about it all the time,” Seattle head coach Matt O’Dette said. “It’s not like they’re hemming us in our own end the whole game. They’re big time lapses and Grade A chances that those goals were.”

Seattle had fought back to take a 4-3 lead with 20 minutes to go. The Raiders would tie it up 16 seconds into the third period when Curtis Miske banged home a puck from the side of the net. It tied the game at four and gave Prince Albert the momentum.

“Starts are huge,” Volcan said. “You get a goal first shift of any period it gives them a ton of momentum. It’s a tough pill to swallow.”

The Raiders would take the lead later in the period, at the 14:48, when Jordy Stallard was left alone in front of the Seattle net for a back-door pass that goalie Matt Berlin had no chance for. Stallard tapped it in and the Raiders took the lead for good.

It was a night where Prince Albert seemed to score on nearly all of its golden chances.

“We drifted up in the zone and weren’t aware there was a guy behind us. That can’t happen, it can’t happen,” O’Dette said of the game-winning goal. “Defensive lapses …read more

Source:: MyNorthwest.com – Sports

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