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by Meg Tilley / Edmonton Oilers

Down 3-0 in the best-of-seven series, Game 4 was a do or die situation for the Seattle Thunderbirds Wednesday night.

Though the Brandon Wheat Kings looked poised to take it, the Thunderbirds weren’t going down without a fight, shocking the Wheat Kings in a thunderous 6-1 victory.

The Thunderbirds took a 1-0 lead 7:54 into the first period. By the end of the second, they had a commanding 3-0 lead over the Wheat Kings.

But Seattle wasn’t prepared to rest their wings any time soon. The Thunderbirds flew into the third, extending their lead to 5-0 with Ryan Gropp’s second goal of the night and another from Donovan Neuls on the power play.

Oilers defensive prospect Ethan Bear capped off the night, scoring on a slap shot during a five-on-three power play to make it a 6-0 game, adding to his already two assists from the night.

Wheat Kings Jayce Hawryluk ended Seattle’s shutout, scoring with just over two minutes remaining in the game.

In 17 playoff games Bear has recorded eight goals and 13 assists for 21 points and is +12.

The Thunderbirds must win Game 5 on Friday to send the series back to Brandon for Game 6.

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