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Sumner ejected as Spokane eliminates Thunderbirds in five games

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Seattle Thunderbirds coach Rob Sumner couldn't bear to watch his team get eliminated from the playoffs.

Sumner was ejected from the game after Mitch Wahl scored the winner for Spokane with less than six minutes remaining in the third period as the Chiefs knocked Seattle out of the Western Hockey League playoffs with a 5-3 victory on Saturday night.

Wahl's winner came on the power play after the Thunderbirds' bench was called for unsportsmanlike conduct.

Thomas Hickey scored for Seattle in the final two minutes to make it a one-goal game, but Drayson Bowman found the empty net for his second of the game shortly after to ice the series in five games.

Bowman, who also had an assist on the night, had seven points (five goals, two assists) in the first-round series to tie Levko Koper for the Chiefs' playoff scoring lead. Koper (two goals, five assists) added two helpers on Saturday.

Elsewhere in the WHL, it was: Tri-City 6, Everett 1; and Lethbridge 3, Saskatoon 1.

At Spokane, Wash., Wahl also had a pair of assists, while Brady Calla and Justin McCrae added goals for the Chiefs, who will face the first-place Vancouver Giants in the second round.

Prab Rai and Colin Jacobs also scored for the Thunderbirds.

Dustin Tokarski made 31 saves for Spokane, while Seattle netminder Calvin Pickard stopped 30 shots.

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Americans 6, Silvertips 1

At Kennewick, Wash., Jordan Messier scored a pair of goals and the Americans knocked Everett out of the playoffs with a dominating victory.

Mitch McColm, Jason Reese, Taylor Procyshen and Brooks Macek scored for Tri-City, which advances to play the Kelowna Rockets - who swept the Kamloops Blazers - in the second round. The Americans will play host to the Rockets for game one on Friday.

Everett, working on a 4-on-3 power play early in the third, managed a goal by Kellan Tochkin, his first of the series, but that's all Tri-City goaltender Chet Pickard, who finished with 26 saves, would allow.

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Hurricanes 3, Blades 1

At Saskatoon, Zach Boychuk scored the shorthanded game-winner and added an assist as Lethbridge pulled within a game of upsetting the Blades.

Boychuk scored his sixth goal of the series with five seconds remaining in the second period to give the Hurricanes a 2-1 lead after the teams traded goals in the first. Kyle Beach added an insurance marker in the third period for seventh-place Lethbridge, which has a 3-2 series lead over second-seeded Saskatoon and has a chance to finish the series at home in game six on Monday.

Colton Sceviour also scored for the Hurricanes, while Derek Hulak had the lone goal for the Blades.

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