SEATTLE - Bud Holloway had a goal and an assist to lead the Seattle Thunderbirds to a 4-2 win over the Kelowna Rockets in Game 7 of their opening-round Western Hockey League playoff series Tuesday.
Seattle plays Tri-City in the second round beginning, Friday and Saturday with Games 1 and 2 in Kennewick, Wash. Holloway, the WHL player of the month for March, opened the scoring with his fourth goal of the series. Greg Scott and Lindsay Nielsen picked up the assists at 8:06 of the first period.
The Thunderbirds made it 2-0 at 19:30 of the period on the fourth goal of the playoffs by Ian McKenzie.
Kelowna answered 24 seconds later when Brady Leavold scored his sixth goal of the playoffs with only six seconds left in the opening period.
Seattle took a 3-1 advantage on a short-handed goal by Lindsay Nielsen.
Jamie Benn scored for Kelowna at 17:35 of the third period to make it 3-2 before Greg Scott scored into an empty net for Seattle.
Kelowna outshot Seattle 32-20 with Riku Helenius having saves for the Thunderbirds. Seattle killed off all eight power play opportunities for the Rockets.