The Seattle Thunderbirds knocked off the top-ranked team in the Canadian Hockey League to advance to the Memorial Cup.
Alexander True scored the winner 12:36 into overtime as Seattle edged the Regina Pats 4-3 on Sunday, winning their best-of-seven Western Hockey League final in six games.
True’s goal capped a Thunderbirds rally that saw them score three unanswered goals to erase a 3-1 deficit.
Sami Moilanen, Ryan Gropp and Keegan Kolesar, with the tying goal 17:06 into the third period, also scored for Seattle.
Sam Steel, Josh Mahura and Austin Wagner supplied the offence for the Pats.
Thunderbirds goaltender Carl Stankowski made 28 saves. Regina’s Tyler Brown stopped 39 shots.
The T-Birds now advance to the 2017 Mastercard Memorial Cup in Windsor, Ontario as they join the host Spitfires, Erie Otters (OHL) and the Saint John Sea Dogs (QMJHL) as the teams competing at the event.
Seattle will kick off their tournament this Saturday afternoon at 1PM SK time when they take on the Erie Otters.
Also Congrats to local products on the T-Birds:
#4 Turner Ottenbreit (Yorkton)
#19 Donovan Neuls (Grenfell)
#20 Zack Andrusiak (Yorkton)
#25 Ethan Bear (Seattle)
Goalie Coach- Ian Gordon (Yorkton)