KENT, Wash. - The Seattle Thunderbirds celebrated the opening of the new $84.5 million ShoWare Center in Kent with a 4-3 victory over the Everett Silvertips on Saturday night in the Western Hockey League.
Brenden Silvester scored the first goal in the new arena when he knocked in a rebound at 7:23 of the second period.
Jeremy Boyer made it 2-0 with a goal two minutes later with the T-birds on a power play.
Greg Scott and Sena Acolatse scored 53 seconds apart in the third period to make it 4-0 for Seattle (16-20-1-2).
Everett (17-16-5-0) broke the shutout bid for Seattle goaltender Jacob DeSerres at 15:08 of the third period and added a goal by Dale Hunt and two by Shane Harper with their goaltender out of the net to cut the lead to 4-3 with 36 seconds left.
Everett goaltender Thomas Heemskerk, acquired in a trade from Kootenay, played for the first time since he lost in Seattle on Nov. 28.
It was the first home game for a WHL team from Seattle away from Seattle Center in more than 30 years.
The team began play in the WHL at Seattle Center in 1977 as the Seattle Breakers. The team nickname was changed to Thunderbirds in 1985 after an ownership change. The team played at both KeyArena and Mercer Arena.