The Everett Silvertips advanced in Western Hockey League playoffs Saturday night, while the Seattle Thunderbirds saw their season end.
Everett ended all suspense early Saturday night, beating the visitingTri-City Americans 9-1 to win the best-of-seven first-round series in five games.
The Thunderbirds fell 5-1 to the Vancouver Giants, who won the series 4-2.
The Silvertips, who scored three goals in each period, got three goals and an assist from Bryce Kindropp and a pair of goals from Zack Andrusiak.
Dustin Wolf stopped 17 shots for the Silvertips, who will play Spokane in the next round.
Seattle fell behind 4-0 after allowing three second-period goals to Vancouver, and the Giants cruised from there.
UW rowing teams roll to victories
The No. 2-ranked Washington men’s and women’s rowing teams swept their races Saturday on a sunny Montlake Cut at the Husky Open.
The regatta included a new feature: sprint racing. The UW men and women each raced eights in races that started from the finish line and ended at the eastern end of the Montlake Cut, a distance of about 600 meters.
The men’s sprint race – featuring the top two UW crews – was won by the “black” boat, about a half-second ahead of the “purple” crew.
The women’s sprint race was won by the Huskies’ varsity eight, which (like all four boats in the race) had just rowed a 2,000-meter race less than an hour before. The top boat beat the second varsity eight by less than a length of open water, with a novice eight and the third varsity eight in third and fourth, respectively.
Saturday’s sprints were a trial run for the Twilight Sprints, which will be held Friday night before Windermere Cup, which is May 4.
In addition to the sprint, the UW was successful in each of its other five men’s races, beating crews from Washington State, Western Washington, Puget Sound, Seattle University, Lewis & Clark and the University of British Columbia. Washington won its first, second and third varsity eight races, as well as both flights of the varsity four.
The UW women were successful in each of its other three women’s races, beating crews from Seattle Pacific, Western Washington, Puget Sound, Seattle University, the University of Portland and Lewis & Clark College, win the first and second varsity eights, and both flights of the varsity four.
Seattle Pacific women’s crews raced to two victories while the varsity eight battled to the end before being edged by Portland. The Falcons’ varsity four used an impressive surge over the final 1,000 meters to overcome a small deficit and defeat Seattle University by open water. Their third varsity eight also trailed SU at the midway mark, but ended up winning by six seats.
No. 7 Oregon State blew a big early lead, then rebounded to defeat Washington 10-7 at Husky Ballpark. The Beavers (18-5-1, 5-3 Pac-12) took a 5-0 lead in the top of the first, then scored four more in the seventh inning after UW (14-8, 5-3) had tied the score at 6.
Connor Blair homered for the Huskies.
• Cal State Bakersfield evened the Western Athletic Conference baseball series against Seattle U, using a five-run seventh to rally for a 7-5 final at Hardt Field in Bakersfield, Calif.
The Roadrunners (14-14, 2-3 WAC) took a 1-0 lead in the home half of the first inning, but it was all Redhawks (6-18, 2-3 WAC) through the remainder of the middle innings as they built a 5-1 advantage.
• No. 2 Stanford (17-3, 5-0 Pac-12) won 8-5 at Washington State (6-19, 0-5).
No. 7 Washington recorded its 11th shutout this season, blanking Oregon State to clinch its second straight Pac-12 series victory. Washington scored during the third at-bat of the game and never looked back in a 5-0 win.
Taran Alvelo retired 14 batters in a row in the heart of the game for UW (28-6, 5-3 Pac-12) to stifle Oregon State (17-12, 1-7). She struck out 11 and gave up just three hits.
• Madison Cathcart hit a two-run, walk-off home run to lift Seattle University to a 4-3 win over New Mexico State in eight innings Saturday afternoon at Logan Field. The Redhawks (24-12, 4-2 Western Athletic Conference) took a series from New Mexico State (15-14, 1-2) for the first time in program history.
Track and field
Kate Lilly of Seattle Pacific earned an NCAA provisional qualifying time in the 1,500 meters on Saturday at the Mike Fanelli Track Classic in Hayward, Calif.
The Reign FC and Portland Thorns tied 0-0 at the Thorns Spring Invitational, a preseason game in Portland.