WHL FIRST ROUND -- WESTERN CONFERENCE
Game 5: (5) Kelowna Rockets 2 @ (4) Seattle Thunderbirds 6
Seattle leads Best of 7 series 3-2
G Torrie Jung, KEL:
Game: No decision, 17 saves on 20 shots in relief
Series: 1 GP, 0-0, 3.82 GAA, .850 sv%
G Riku Helenius, SEA:
Game: Win, 25 saves on 27 shots
Series: 4 GP, 2-2, 3.01 GAA, .900 sv%
Helenius reclaimed the No.1 spot for Seattle and though he gave up a goal 22 seconds into the game on the Rockets' first shot, he shut down Kelowna the rest of the way to give the T-Birds a 3-2 lead in the series. As for Jung, he came into the game mid-way through the first period after Kristofer Westblom, who had a shaky Game 4, gave up 3 goals on 8 shots. Jung may be the favorite to start Game 6 for the Rockets Saturday night in Kelowna. Seattle has won 3 in a row in the series.
The game ended on an ugly note when Kelownaâ€™s James McEwan, a former T-Bird, blatantly tackled Helenius after the final horn resulting in both teams getting involved in a shoving match.
According to the Seattle Times, Helenius, who was uninjured, tried to laugh it off.
"Their guys were chirping at me all series," Helenius told the newspaper. "So it was a little surprising, but I don't care that much."
Kelownaâ€™s coach, Ryan Huska, responded to he incident by praising McEwanâ€™s fiery nature: â€œThatâ€™s why heâ€™s our leader.â€
Ah, the WHL.
Just in case the McEwan tackle wasnâ€™t dirty enough, Doyle Potenteau of the Kelowna Daily Courier reports seeing this sign in the stands in Seattle regarding one of Kelownaâ€™s defensemen:
Colin Joe illegally downloads.
Now that's just cold.