The Seattle Thunderbirds allowed three goals in the first period and went on to lose their Western Hockey League semifinals playoff opener in Kelowna, B.C., 6-2 on Thursday night.

The Rockets and T-birds play Game 2 of the best-of-seven series Saturday night in Kelowna.

Damon Severson scored twice as the Rockets cruised. Severson added two assists, while Madison Bowey, Rourke Chartier, Cole Linaker and Ryan Olsen also scored for Kelowna.

Mathew Barzal and Alexander Delnov had a goal apiece for Seattle.

Jordon Cooke finished with 23 saves in net for the Rockets. Seattle’s Taran Kozun stopped 30 shots.

Elsewhere

• The Western Washington University softball team battled back from a five-run deficit to tie, only to fall 6-5 on an unearned run in the seventh to Sonoma State in a nonconference women’s softball game in Turlock, Calif. WWU (17-9) had a season-best six-game victory streak snapped.

• In tennis, Elizaveta Luzina upset the nation’s 25th-ranked player, Lorraine Guillermo, but Pepperdine captured the team win as it defeated Washington State 4-1.

• Just 390 points separate the top five competitors in the decathlon and the University of British Columbia’s Britney Hearn holds a 429-point edge in the heptathlon after the first day of the Western Washington University Combined Events Track & Field Meet at Civic Stadium. Olympic CC’s Jayson Brocklesby leads the decathlon with 3,256 points after posting the top time or mark in three of the first five events.

From sports-information reports.