Seattle's hold on playoff spot gets a bit weaker
VICTORIA, B.C. — Wednesday, for the second consecutive night, the Seattle Thunderbirds dropped a 4-1 decision to the Victoria Royals in Western Hockey League action.
This one wasn’t even that close as the Royals (30-19-1-3) scored three first-period goals to take command over the Thunderbirds (19-31-4-1). Austin Carroll, Ben Walker and Jamie Crooks had those three Victoria goals.
Connor Sanvido scored for Seattle in the second period to cut the deficit to 3-1, but then Crooks added his second goal to help Victoria keep Seattle at bay.
Seattle currently is in eighth place in the Western Conference of the WHL, which is the last playoff spot. The Thunderbirds’ margin over ninth-place Prince George narrowed Wednesday when the Cougars got a point for a shootout defeat for 40 points in the standings to 43 for Seattle.
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Central Washington’s season is off to an 0-4 start, all at the hands of Cal State East Bay. The Wildcats lost for the fourth consecutive time in Hayward, Calif., this one was by a 12-2 count, the biggest blowout of the four games. Andrew Rodriguez and Kyle Zozaya each had three hits for the Pioneers (4-0), who had 13 base hits. Joel Johnson had two of the Wildcats’ five hits. Each team committed five errors.
From association reports.