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BLOG: End of the road for Bear and Thunderbirds

by Meg Tilley / Edmonton Oilers

It was a hard fought battle that in the end saw the Brandon Wheat Kings come away with an 8-4 win over the Seattle Thunderbirds, taking Game 5 of the WHL Championship to win the Ed Chynoweth Cup.

The Wheat Kings won the best-of-seven series 4-1 after the Thunderbirds forced Game 5 with a 6-1 win in Game 4.

Brandon took a 1-0 lead 3:15 into the first but Seattle scored the equalizer five minutes later. After 20 minutes of play, the Wheat Kings had a 2-1 lead.

The second period would see the Thunderbirds take the lead for the first time in the game. After Brandon took a two goal lead 1:33 into the middle frame, Seattle came back and tied the game 3-3 with two goals in 31 seconds.

The Thunderbirds took a 4-3 lead just after the midway mark of the second, but the Wheat Kings tied the game 4-4 at 18:47.

The third period would see Brandon regain the lead and earn the win, ending Seattle’s bid for the WHL Championship.

Oilers defensive prospect Ethan Bear had one assist in the final game and finished the playoff run recording eight goals, 14 assists for 22 points in 18 games and was +11.

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