WHL Playoffs: T-Birds force Game 7 showdown in Kamloops

SEATTLE — A goal by Lukas Svejkovsky at 3:28 of the third period held up as the winner Sunday as the Seattle Thunderbirds defeated the visiting Kamloops Blazers 2-1 to force a seventh and deciding game in the tight Western Hockey League playoff series.

Kobe Verbicky gave the Blazers a 1-0 lead at 12:53 of the first period, but Jared Davidson tied the game at 4:42 of the second, a goal set up by Svejkovsky and Henrik Rybinski. Kamloops outshot Seattle 35-34.

The Blazers defeated the visiting Thunderbirds 4-3 in overtime on Friday and were looking to close the Western Conference Final series on the road. Game 7 will be Tuesday in Kamloops, B.C.

The winner of the Seattle-Kamloops series plays the Edmonton Oil Kings in the WHL Championship Final — that series starts Friday, June 3 in Edmonton. The Oil Kings eliminated the Winnipeg ICE 4-1 in the Eastern Conference Final series.

When submitting content, please abide by our submission guidelines, and avoid posting profanity, personal attacks or harassment. Should you violate our submissions guidelines, we reserve the right to remove your comments and block your account. Sportsnet reserves the right to close a story’s comment section at any time.