The Seattle Thunderbirds open the second round of the Western Hockey League playoffs on Friday, April 14 against the Prince George Cougars at the accesso ShoWare Center in Kent. COURTESY PHOTO, Brian Liesse

The Seattle Thunderbirds open the second round of the Western Hockey League playoffs on Friday, April 14 against the Prince George Cougars at the accesso ShoWare Center in Kent. COURTESY PHOTO, Brian Liesse

Kent-based Thunderbirds to play Prince George in WHL second round of playoffs

First two games April 14-15 at accesso ShoWare Center

The Seattle Thunderbirds will open the second round of the Western Hockey League playoffs with two games in Kent against the Prince George (British Columbia) Cougars.

The T-Birds host the Cougars at 7:05 p.m. Friday, April 14 and 6:05 p.m. Saturday, April 15 at the accesso ShoWare Center.

Prince George earned a spot in the best-of-seven series with a 5-4 overtime win Sunday, April 9 over the Tri-City Americans. The Cougars won the series in six games to earn their first berth in the second round in 16 years. Seattle advanced last week when it swept the Kelowna Rockets in four games.

Seattle is the top seed in the Western Conference. Prince George is No. 4. If the T-Birds win this round, they will play the winner of the Portland Winterhawks vs. Kamloops Blazers series for the Western Conference title.

Seattle won three of the four regular season meetings, most recently an 8-1 decision Dec. 13 at the ShoWare Center. The two sides split a two-game series in Prince George in late October, with the T-Birds winning both of their home games in the season set.

WHL playoffs schedule

(Best-of-seven series)

1 April 14, Prince George at Seattle 7:05 p.m.

2 April 15, Prince George at Seattle 6:05 p.m.

3 April 18, Seattle at Prince George 7 p.m.

4 April 19, Seattle at Prince George 7 p.m.

5 April 21, Prince George at Seattle 7:05 p.m.*

6 April 23, Seattle at Prince George 6 p.m.*

7 April 25, Prince George at Seattle 7:05 p.m.*

* - if necessary


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